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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 LASAYEN  Male  Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Namunyak Conservancy - Northern Kenya  One month  Found fallen down a community dug well   Well Victim 

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8/27/2018 - The orphan elephants came out of their stockade in a jovial mood ready for their morning milk and supplement feeding. They then teamed up in groups of friends to play different games around the stockade compound. Lasayen stood on top of the stockade terrace and engaged Murit head on in a tough wrestling match. Ndotto fell in love with their game and came to join them, climbing up the terrace to engage Lasayen while Murit stayed on his own at the bottom of the terrace without a play mate.

Ishaq-B, Rorogoi and Lentili took the lead of their friends to the browsing grounds today. The sun was covered by some dark clouds as the orphans took their afternoon milk bottle on the western side of Msinga Hill. The cloud cover opened up later in the afternoon when the orphan elephants made their way to the baobab water trough at 3pm for a drink of water. Murit jumped into the water in an attempt to woo a wild elephant bull to join them, but he simply lifted his trunk in greeting and continued browsing. Ndotto, Godoma and Murit enjoyed a wonderful soil bathing game in an effort to impress the wild elephant bull, but like Murit were unsuccessful in doing so.

The orphan elephants spent the rest of the afternoon browsing close to the water hole, before following Mbegu back to the safety of the stockades in the evening.

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

 Lasayen having some milk Sweet Lasayen
Lasayen having some milk
photo taken on 12/19/2014
Sweet Lasayen
photo taken on 12/19/2014

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: LASAYEN (foster now)


On the 25th of September a tiny calf was retrieved from a well on the Namunyak conservancy in Samburu by the community rangers. He had obviously fallen down this community dug well meant specifically for livestock but so often frequented by the thirsty elephant herds under the cover of darkness in the dry season months. Little elephant calves at this time become increasingly vulnerable and slip in. Because of the human presence the elephant herds disappear at daybreak to avoid human wildlife conflict and in this case are faced with the simply heartbreaking decision of walking away from their forsaken calf.



Fortunately for the baby the community alerted the security rangers of the area when they were confronted by this stranded baby elephant who were able to retrieve him from the well. The decision was made by the management of the area to keep the calf overnight and try to reintroduce him to a herd in an effort to reunite him with his family.

Keepers waiting on the airstrip for the calf to arrive  Some of the calf's rescuers

The calf and its rescuers  The orphaned calf meets a keeper

The calf arrives at the Nairobi nursery

This did not work sadly and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was alerted the following day, 26th of September, by the Kenya Wildlife Service about his plight and a rescue was requested. A DSWT team of experienced Keepers flew into the Namunyak airstrip and retrieved the tiny baby. He was by this stage very dehydrated, as it had been a significant amount of time by now without milk. He was expertly restrained for the flight back to Nairobi and an IV drip put in place for the duration of the flight. On arrival at the Nursery the little baby was placed into a freshly prepared stable and given milk, which he took greedily. We called him Lasayen, a beautiful name from the area, a sacred mountain name for the Samburu.

Lasayen in the park with the other orphans  Lasayen

Ndotto and Lasayen  Ndotto and Lasayen with a keeper

Lasayen was teething when he came into the Nursery fold, which would suggest he was around about a month old when he so tragically lost his elephant family. This is a fraught time, and we loose so many babies during teething as their condition deteriorates and sometimes to the point of being irretrievable. Fragile calves so often succumb during this incredibly stressful time, a time that can span a few months, sometimes even three months. Lasayen definitely struggled which is quite normal, we have had over the span of many years seen few that donít, but thankfully he then began to pick up when his teeth were finally all out, and his energy level improved, as did his body condition.

Lasayen and a keeper in Shuka  Lasayen and Ndotto

Lasayen with a keeper  Lasayen having some milk

Lasayen surrounded by greenery in the park

He is full of character and loved by all and of course the nurturing older orphans particularly. He has settled well and is genuinely happy and hooked on his many elephant friends and his beloved Keepers too.

Sweet Lasayen  Ndotto and Lasayen having milk

The keeers and babies in colourful Shuka

   

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