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)

2/25/2018 - The day began with Layoni and Dabassa coming and visiting the stockade, after a three week absence following their joining up with Emily and Lesanju’s herds. The two drank water and enjoyed lucerne grass, range cubes and the copra cake, before leaving for the field. Sadly the two Ex Orphans did not join up with the stockade dependent herd.

In the afternoon, the orphan elephants made their way to the baobab tree water hole for their milk and a mud bath. Arruba grabbed her second milk bottle pulling it out of the keeper’s hands and downing the milk as she ran away worried that Bada, Lentili, Tundani, Mudanda and Nelion who were coming for their share may try and steal her bottle. When she was satisfied that she had finished every last drop she discarded the bottle leaving it for the keepers to collect and return to the crate.

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


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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