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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 NDORIA  Female  Sunday, June 3, 2012 Teita Estate - Mwatate  Two and a half years old  Found alone in the Teita Estate near the sanctuary's main waterhole  Poaching 

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8/26/2018 - It was a bright Sunday morning as the orphans exited their stockade to begin their day. Mbegu’s herd was the first to come out for their delicious milk bottle, with Ngilai moving begging for more milk from his friends once he was done with his share. When Ndoria arrived with the second group Ngilai and the others had to move away to make room for them to have their morning milk feed.

Ndoria was in a greedy mood today and engaged Rorogoi in a fight over the Lucerne pellets. Kenia and the Keepers had to intervene to restore peace so that the group could finish their supplements and head to the browsing fields under Tundani and Nelion’s leadership.

The noon milk feed came quickly and the orphans enjoyed their bottle close to the baobab tree water hole after. At the mud bath, Arruba enjoyed a game of sucking in a trunk full of water then blowing it out as she sprayed her body with the muddy water. Mashariki, Embu and Rorogoi admired Arruba’s games and wanted to join her but when they realized how cold the water was, they decided to just watch instead.

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

 Ndoria behind Bada Ndoria following Ishaq-B
Ndoria behind Bada
photo taken on 12/31/2014
Ndoria following Ishaq-B
photo taken on 12/23/2014


On the 2nd of November 2014, Teita Estate Anti Poaching scouts found a female Elephant calf all alone within the Teita Estate sanctuary.
She was monitored for the day and it was noted that she was not part of any of the breeding herds currently passing through the sanctuary. The KWS authorities were alerted and they contacted The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust who responded immediately. The Teita Scouts tracked her through exceptionally dense bush together with the DSWT team for a good couple of hours but she was unable to be located. She was later seen that afternoon having joined a group of 4 bulls, disappearing once more into the bush. Night then fell.

At this time with the rains having broken there were as many as 400 Elephant within the sanctuary and it was hoped that the calf would find her family. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust sent an aircraft to fly the area extensively the following day to ensure she had not been abandoned again but had little success in locating her. Everyone hoped for the best thinking that she was reabsorbed with her lost herd and mother. A few days later it was reported that a lactating female Elephant had succumbed to poisoned arrow wounds, just a few hundred meters from the Teita Estate boundary on Mugeno Ranch. KWS had been called to remove her ivory. It was realized then that this was obviously the calf’s mother. Despite constantly being on the lookout this baby elephant was never sighted again until a month later.

Ndoria in the stockade a day after her rescue  Ndoria

Ndoria in her stockade charging  Ndoria enjoying greens

On the 3rd December a lone elephant baby was again reported within the Teita Estate boundary. The ranch scouts followed her tracks and an hour or so later found her near the sanctuary’s main waterhole called Ndoria (meaning water from below in the Taita language). Again the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust were called and responded immediately. A DSWT team from Voi together with the Teita Sanctuary scouts captured the baby just as night was falling. By this time her condition was very poor. It was immediately evident that this was the same baby and everyone marveled how she had survived so long, because not only deprived of milk with her condition worsening, she was extremely vulnerable to predators.

Ndoria being given milk  Ndoria a few days after her rescue

Ndoria enjoying her bottle  Ndoria greeting a keeper

Given her age Angela decided that it was in her best interests to be transported back the Voi stockades to be raised down with the older orphans in Voi, avoiding the Nursery altogether. We estimated the calf to be 2 ˝ years old. She remained in the stockades for a good long time because with Emily and the ex orphans group visiting so frequently recently we knew she was vulnerable at being whisked away by them and what she need most was sustenance and milk. She immediately took to her bottle and soon tamed down fast. Her strength has increased over this time and the presence of the older orphans comforted her as she embraced the company and love of a welcoming group of older and nurturing elephants. Her lonely month without her lost mother must have been extremely frightening for her. Elephants are such social creatures and time alone and abandoned is the worst possible fate for a young baby. Her relief at being rescued was tangible. We are thrilled to be able to offer Ndoria a new beginning and she is now out with the others enjoying her days fun filled in the bush all day with a whole new family of elephants to once again feel a sense of belonging. She has grown to love her Keepers in the weeks since she was rescued and is a very loving and special little elephant who so tragically lost her mother to the ivory trade.

Ndoria at the stockade compound with the other orphans  Ndoria behind Bada

Ndoria out of the stockade  Ndoria following Ishaq-B

Ndoria browsing


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