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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 LENTILI  Female  Saturday, July 7, 2012 Ol Lentille Conservancy  18 months old  Found on her own with no other elephants in sight  Reason Unknown 

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10/31/2018 - After the morning milk and supplement feeding, the orphans gathered at the stockade compound for some wrestling and playing. Ndoria became naughty holding Arruba away from the Lucerne grass pellet feeding area making the Keepers intervene so that Arruba could access the pellets.

Rorogoi and Lentili then took the lead of the orphan elephants towards the fields. Green grass and bush had started regenerating following the recent rains with the orphan elephants not hiding their excitement as they played happily.

The stockade dependant orphans started running, letting their bodies go loose which made their ears and trunks flop about at the same time as they trumpeted with a loud pulsating sound associated with play. Kenia was quiet in the beginning but it was not long before she too broke into a run to join her friends. Tahri spent the better part of the day browsing close to Naipoki and Panda as her adopted mother Ndii watched her interaction with the other too. The orphans visited the baobab water hole in the afternoon where they had a brief mudbath. Ishaq-B split Mbegu’s herd from Kenia’s and spent the afternoon browsing with them. The two groups rejoined when it was time to head to the stockades for the night.

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

 The keepers try to keep the calf calm Munching on a branch at visiting
The keepers try to keep the calf calm
photo taken on 10/1/6477
Munching on a branch at visiting
photo taken on 10/18/2013

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: LENTILI (foster now)


On October 5th Ol Lentille Rangers on routine patrol sighted an abandoned baby elephant calf, estimated to be 18 months old. There were no other elephants in the area, and the fate of her mother remained unclear. The Rangers were posted on 24 hour follow-and-observe duty.

On October 6th a group of elephants approached the calf, and it was hoped that she would be reunited with her family but unfortunately the herd moved off seemingly disinterested in the lone baby.

  Children watching what is going on


On the 7th October The Conservancy informed the Kenya Wildlife Service about the orphan who contacted Angela Sheldrick. Ol Lentille Conservancy is on the edge of Laikipia in Northern Kenya, approximately a 1 hour 15 minute flight from Nairobi. We were informed by the Conservancy management that they would await our team and provide all the ground logistics in order to aid us in the capturing of the calf. On arrival at the Ol Lentille airstrip at 3.10 pm the team led by Peter Mbulu were immediately taken the where the elephant was, and having disembarked from the plane with a canvas stretcher, mattress, straps and ropes, and a few blankets the curious onlookers were incredulous as to how a rescue of a fairly large calf was going to be undertaken.

Community members  Capturing the calf

Community members help to capture and restrain the calf  Restraining the calf

The keepers try to keep the calf calm  The calf is restrained for the trip


Our Keepers told their expectant audience to wait and watch – and so it was that the team efficiently approached the calf, were able to get close enough to it and when she charged threw the blanket over the calf’s head enabling them to grab her behind her ears, restrain and constrain her in no time at all. She was then subdued with tranquilizers to take the edge off her stress and driven back to the airstrip and loaded onto the plane. Total operation time 70 minutes!! The aircraft was airborne to Nairobi at 4.45 pm.

The claf is loaded into the vehicle to be taken to the airstrip  The calf in the back of the vehicle

Loaded into the plane  Aboard the flight

The calf is carried into the stockade  Lentili in the stockades on arrival at the Nursery

Lentili


The young calf has been given the name Lentille and has obviously been without her family and mum for sometime. She was reluctant to take her milk, and after feeding on greens in the stockade collapsed 24 hours later. She required a drip in order to gather strength enough to get back to her feet and it was some time before she would feed adequately in order to fully regain her strength.

The calf is called Lentili  Lentili asleep

Munching on a branch at visiting  Lentili and Kwale

Lentili in the mudbath

   

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