The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: MUDANDA  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 MUDANDA  Female  August 2012 Mudanda area - Tsavo East National Park  About a year old  Spotted in the Mbololo watercourse searching for water  Poaching 

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Most Recent Keeper's Diary Entry: (view all the latest entries for MUDANDA)

9/24/2017 - The morning was peaceful with Suswa, Lentili and Mudanda noticing the presence of the new orphan Neka, greeting her with deep rumbles as they exited their night quarters for their morning milk bottle.

Lempaute and Kivuko arrived at the stockade compound and joined the juniors as they made their way to the browsing grounds. Kenia, Ndii, Naipoki and Kihari were not thrilled about having the two ex orphans with them and made sure to stay close to Araba and Pasaka, denying the two older elephants access to them. Pasaka enjoyed being treated as a darling by the four older girls of the junior group, as this was something that had not happened before.

Lempaute and Kivuko left the juniors when it was time for them to head to the baobab water hole. Kenia lead her junior herd down and away from Lempaute and Kivuko who went off for their own browsing activities.

Neka who was browsing and didn’t sleep the night collapsed in the late afternoon. Several drips were administered and she got back to her feet again at 6pm. Sadly she collapsed again at midnight and despite the teams best efforts she died twenty minutes later becoming another victim of the ongoing drought hitting the Tsavo area.

The Two Latest Photos of MUDANDA: (view gallery of pictures for MUDANDA)

 Mudanda charging Mudanda sniffing the air
Mudanda charging
photo taken on 8/20/2013
Mudanda sniffing the air
photo taken on 8/20/2013

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: MUDANDA (foster now)


This female calf was first sighted by the Trust Pilot on the 3rd August 2013 whilst flying over the Mudanda area of Tsavo East National Park on a routine aerial recce mission. The calf was alone in the Mbololo watercourse desperately searching for water in a dry sandy lugga. (The carcass of a female elephant that could have been the mother had been spotted near Mudanda Rock a week ago by KWS.)

The calf is spotted from the air  Mudanda with the rescue team ready to capture her

The calf is captured  Immobilizing the calf

Securing the calfs feet for transport



The calf, estimated to be about one year was rescued by the Voi Elephant Keepers that same day, and driven to the Voi Stockades in the back of a Pickup Truck, where she was put into the new Taming Stockade next door to Mbirikani. She was very dehydrated, obviously having been without her mother for several days, and was understandably aggressive, but calmed noticeably when she was introduced to the other Keeper Dependent orphans currently based at night at the Voi Stockades, all of whom were happy and excited to welcome and greet her. She has been named “Mudanda”.

The rescue team return the stockade with their precious cargo  The new calf in the training stockade at Voi

Mudanda in her stockade



The decision was made to continue her milk dependency at the Voi Stockades, rather than transfer her to the Nairobi Nursery, since accommodation space at the Nursery was in short supply, many newcomers having come in during the month of July due to the current poaching pandemic. Mudanda’s arrival at the Voi Rehabilitation Centre brings the number of Keeper Dependent Elephants there to 18.

Mudanda charging  Panda left, Shimba & Mudanda

Mudanda out of the stockades  Mudanda sniffing the air

   

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