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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 ENKIKWE  Male  Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Mara North Conservancy - Maasai Mara  10-11 Months  Found next to his dead mother near the Musiara gate and Enkikwei village  Sick Mother 

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4/28/2018 - Mutaraís group and Laragai, Barsilinga, Kithaka, Garzi and Sirimon showed up in the morning. The group briefly settled for lucerne as they shared their night experiences. Kithaka and Lemoyian were showing a lot of interest in sticking close to the juniors and also the keepers; a behaviour which we are not used to seeing in them. They were very restless and apprehensive and we wondered what was wrong. Olsekki, Boromoko, Sokotei and Siangiki were missing from their group, but we suspect they are with Narok and Orwa. Enkikwe, who is on the road to recovery, joined the juniors and the ex-orphans outside and was welcomed by Suguta, Turkwel, and Kainuk who checked on his progress and left shortly after they were satisfied he was doing okay. Pare and Namalok waited in turns as they used one rock to scratch their bellies. Kanjoro had a light strength testing exercise with Garzi.

At around seven o'clock in the morning the day turned tragic when the decomposing body of Sokotei was found almost 2km south west of stockade. Sokotei was fleeing from lions that have become a threat to the existence of the young ex-orphans. Sokotei was fleeing back to the stockade for help and it appears Kithaka witnessed the incident since he is very frightened and is sticking close to the elephants and the keepers.

Mutara and her group appeared to have had a hint of what happened since they stayed with the juniors the whole day and gave comfort to Kithaka, Lemoyian, Barsilinga and Sirimon for losing one of their group members to lions. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in Kanziku area and in the evening Kithaka was leading to make sure they spent the night in the stockade too; the stockade that he and his friends had decided to leave of their own will just a few months ago.

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 Sweet Enkikwe Enkikwe with Dupotto and Embu
Sweet Enkikwe
photo taken on 10/23/2014
Enkikwe with Dupotto and Embu
photo taken on 10/23/2014

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: ENKIKWE (foster now)


A young approximately 20 year old female elephant mother was sighted on the 22nd of September and appeared healthy while happily playing with her two calves near Enkikwei an area in the Mara North Conservancy. The older of her two calves was approximately seven years old and male while the younger baby was estimated to be approximately 10 Ė 11 months old male. Tragically on the 23rd of September the same mother was discovered dead but with no visible injuries. This came as a terrible shock to both the Mara North Conservancy Management and the DSWT funded mobile veterinary team based in the Masai Mara who responded to the case. Signs of acute Gastroenteritis were evident and to this day it remains a mystery as to what could have possibly killed her so rapidly unless she had eaten something poisonous. She was found dead a few meters away from the Musiara entrance gate of the Masai Mara near the Masai village called Enkikwei where she was sighted the previous day.

The baby calf at this stage was being protected by his elder brother, still in the orbit of where his mother lay lifeless on the Mara plains. Very tragically despite his brotherís best efforts, being so young and milk dependent, he could not survive without being rescued and hand raised so the team on the ground new this decision had to be made and in good time before he became vulnerable to predators.

The calf arrives at the airstrip  The rescue vehicle and calf near the plane

The calf is offered some milk  The young calf

Strapping the calf's feet  Strapping the orphans feet


The DSWT was contacted and a rescue was mobilized headed to the Mara North Conservancy. The DSWT rescue team arrived in the afternoon and found the calf already captured and standing in the back of a land cruiser waiting for them on the airfield. Of course the fact that his older brother of seven had lost on this day his beloved mother and tiny brother was not lost on any of those involved in this case. Thankfully we are confident that he is old enough to be looked after by his loving relatives and in time his physiological wounds will heal.

Preparing to offload the calf  Preparing to offload the calf from the vehicle

The calf is offloaded  The calf is loaded onto the plane

Long acting antibiotic to be administered  Enroute to Nairobi

The calf is placed on a drip  En route to Nairobi


The team arrived back in Nairobi with the baby in the late evening, and he arrived full of fight. A strong and robust calf he took a few days to settle down, but fortunately for him he found himself in a stockade next to magical Embu. Embuís love and reassurance throughout the nights that followed, and then once he was out with the others after only a few short days with her constant companionship, has ensured Enkikwe (named after the area he was found) has found love and an inseparable bond which has lessened his pain.

On the way to the Nursery  The calf arrives at the Nursery

The calf is placed in the stocakde  The straps are undone

The calf on its feet


He has settled in remarkably well given the circumstances and now even shares a night stockade with Embu, sleeping soundly by her side. Enkikwe is a month on since his rescue genuinely happy despite the tragedy that befell him, and we only hope that his brother is healing too still with his natal herd on the plains of the Masai Mara.

Enkikwe reaching out  Enkikwe with the rest of the orphans

Enkikwe out in the bush  Sweet Enkikwe

Enkikwe with Dupotto and Embu

   

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