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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 NDARA  Female  February 2001 Rukinga Ranch - Maungu  8 Months old  Fell into a Pipeline Man hold near to Maungu town  Man Made Cause for Separation 

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9/7/2017 - This morning the stockade dependant orphan elephants were joined by Lempaute, Kivuko, Dabassa and Layoni at the Lucerne grass feeding area. Kenia, Naipoki and Kihari unanimously made the decision to lead the juniors away from the stockades leaving the four ex-orphans enjoying the nutritious Lucerne grass.

Later in the day, a wild elephant cow that had given birth to a calf the previous night was seen alone and engaged Ndara and Lesanju’s herd in a greeting ceremony in the Mwatate sisal estate sanctuary. The sanctuary scouts thought she was an ex-orphan from Emily’s herd re-uniting with Ndara. The keepers mobilized and made their way to the Mwatate sisal estate to see if they could identify the cow but got there too late as the cow and her calf had already moved on.

Ndara, Lesanju, Tassia and Sinya were looking very well and fat, but little Neptune seems to have lost a little weight due to the biting drought. Several bales of Lucerne grass, range cubes and copra cake were delivered to the sanctuary store to be given to the ex orphans and some Lucerne bales were given to them immediately.

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 Ndara sitting in the water at mudbath Ndara in Tsavo
Ndara sitting in the water at mudbath
photo taken on 5/20/2005
Ndara in Tsavo
photo taken on 5/4/2003

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: NDARA (foster now)


On Tuesday 25th September 2001 at 9.25 AM a message was relayed through KWS to DSWT that an elephant calf had fallen into an open water pipeline manhole near Maungu town, about 30 km South East of Tsavo East Park headquarters. A team of DSWT Keepers led by Dr. Samuel Kasiki (who today is very senior within the research department of KWS) immediately left to facilitate the rescue of this sticken calf. On arrival at the scene they found a group of curious villagers gathered around the hole all trying to comfort the helpless baby and by now terrified baby. It was learned from the residents that the calf fell into the hole the previous night when a herd of elephants had visited the area for a drink. Attempts by the mother, and perhaps other relatives, to were futile and the group left at the break of day. No elephants were seen any where close to the scene by early morning.


The hole into which the calve fell, a concrete structure measuring 5ft x 2½ft and 5½ft, is one of the many safety valves along the Mzima water pipeline usually filed with leaking water. These water points attract many elephant herds as well as other wildlife, especially during the dry season, and really should be covered with steel lids, but sadly these are often removed to access water and not returned, and baby elephants are very vulnerable slipping into these death traps.

Ndara being tied to be pulled out of the hole  Ndara  caught in the hole



When the team first arrived only the calf’s head was visible above the water and she was struggling to remain above the water and to escape, bruising her forehead, back and rump in the process. One of our Keepers squeezed into the hole and passed a soft belt rope under her chest and hind quarters, and with the help of the villagers the calf was extracted from the breathe hole.

She was heavy, with little room for manoevering and it took nearly 45 minutes to extract her, after which she was loaded into the back of a Pick Up truck and immediately driven to the stockades for treatment of her wounds and by now much needed hydration and milk.


Other than the apparently superficial wounds on her body, the calf looked healthy and strong, and she settled down well. We already had another elephant rescued from the same hole on the 22nd of June 2001 called Maungu, and Ndara from day one struck up a very close friendship with Maungu having had a similar fate. These two grew up together firm friends. Sadly Maungu died a number of year later from a clotted mass in her heart, caused we think from the injuries she sustained when she fell into this manhole years before.

Ndara in Tsavo  Ndara sitting in the water at mudbath



Ndara thankfully continued to thrive and was spared lasting injuries, and became and integral member of Emily's herd.    

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