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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 EMBU  Female  Saturday, January 26, 2013 On the Embu side of the slopes of Mount Kenya  18 months  Found on her own with no other elephants in sight  Reason Unknown 

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12/26/2018 - This morning Ngilai came running out of the stockades followed closely by Godoma, and the two were the first to gulp down their morning milk bottle. The orphans played briefly around the stockade compound before following Lentili and Embu out. Once there, the orphans had a fun time playing and hiding with one another as they happily ran and charged around, kicking up small bushes with their forefeet.

A teenage wild elephant bull joined the orphan elephants on the northern side of Msinga hill browsing with them for 10 minutes before going on his merry way. Before heading to the waterhole in the afternoon, Lasayen lay down to play, inviting Ngilai to come and play with him. Ngilai, who wanted his milk bottle, ignored Lasayen and led his friends to the milk feeding area.

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 Dupotto and Embu best of friends Dupotto and Embu browsing together
Dupotto and Embu best of friends
photo taken on 9/22/2014
Dupotto and Embu browsing together
photo taken on 9/22/2014


Towards the end of July KWS officers in charge of Mount Kenya National Park were in touch with Angela concerning the fate of a young orphaned elephant sporadically spotted on the forested slopes of Mount Kenya on the Embu side of the mountain. What made matters even more challenging than just the terrain was that the closest airport was being used by the Kenya Military at the time and not available for civil aviation. This elephant calf was going to have to be captured and then driven the five hours journey to Nairobi. Not an ideal situation.

The logistics of getting all parties coordinated for this rescue too was challenging as we arranged to drive the Trust funded Meru Mobile Veterinary Unit vehicle to Embu to help facilitate transport. Fortunately on the day this was all planned, the 2nd of August, the approximately 18 month old orphaned elephant was in sight which enabled the KWS rangers present at the scene to capture her. Peter Kariuki the DSWT veterinary assistant and driver was able to lend a hand and assist with the process offering his expertise having rescued a number of older elephants in the past. Capturing and 18 month old elephant in terrain like the slopes of Mount Kenya, filled with thick vegetation, stinging nettles and numerous valleys, is extremely challenging. Thankfully the KWS team and DSWT Peter Kariuki did a wonderful job and the calf was restrained and loaded into the back of the land cruiser comfortably laid on a thick mattress with her eyes covered and limbs tied with straps. She was given an injection of stressnil to take the edge off the journey and the KWS Assistant Warden Mount Kenya and three KWS rangers accompanied the orphan to Nairobi. This was necessary to help with any police presence along the way.

Embu rather emaciated on arrival  Sweet Embu

Embu at her stockade door  Embu greeting a keeper

Embu in the stockade

The calf arrived in the late evening. With her thick layer of black hairs she looked typical of Mount Kenya elephants. She was emaciated clearly having been without her mother for a good long time. The first days in the Nursery were very much touch and go with her collapsing and requiring IV fluids in order to get her back on her feet. Fortunately she continued to feed and this slowly enabled her to gain strength over the coming days.

Embu out in the bush with the others  Embu out on the rocks

Embu friendly with the keepers

Right from the outset she was a gentle calf, with an easy nature, and she very soon recognized she was being helped and cooperated fully. Of course you could not help notice her sad demeanor; she clearly missed her loved ones. She also had terrible worms, but we waited a couple of days before risking deworming her, as it was that tricky catch twenty two, having to ensure enough strength in order to deworm her, but at the same time knowing that the longer one left it the more the worms compromised her strength and recovery. Thankfully she weathered the injectable deworming well and was soon strong enough to spend the days out with the other elephants. She instinctively knew she was weaker than the rest and chose to keep her distance from the boisterous youngsters mindful that she could be pushed to the ground very easily, but as the weeks passed her strength increased and her confidence and happiness too. She became incredibly close to a much younger female calf rescued a few days after her arrival called Dupotto. They have helped each other heal which has been very touching to watch.

Dupotto and Embu best of friends  Dupotto and Embu browsing together

Embu out and about


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