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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 WENDI  Female  Wednesday, September 11, 2002 Imenti Forest Meru  Days old to a Week  A victim of Human disturbance, found in a swamp in Meru- thought to be a twin  Poaching 

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11/28/2017 - Lemoyian and Boromoko were play fighting as the rest watched on this morning. Mutaraís herd visited and Mutara was playing in the compound before they headed back out to the Park. Garzi and Sities started play fighting and then all the orphans walked out to browse.

Tusuja scratched his neck on a tree while Shukuru was very active and playing in the mud. It was so interesting to see them playing and interacting with the Ex Orphans together. Later on, they made their way to the mud bath for their milk.

It was not very hot today and the orphans just had their noon milk bottle before going back out to browse without wallowing. They played for a short while in a small pool they came across, but they were most concerned with browsing and filling up their stomachs. Sirimon was chatting with Lemoyian after their browse. They started playing in the mud again before they made their way back home in the evening.

We were visited by Wendi, Kinna and Mulika with their babies Kama, Wiva and Mwende in the stockades today. They visited this evening, drank some water and left back to the bush.

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 Wendi being protected from the sun Sucking Julius's thumb
Wendi being protected from the sun
photo taken on 9/19/2002
Sucking Julius's thumb
photo taken on 9/18/2002

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: WENDI (foster now)


She is an Imenti Forest Elephant, and arrived only days old, with a moist umbilical cord, soft black hair on her skin and a tiny short trunk. Being so young, she really had no comprehension yet, other than the fact she needed food and someone bigger to follow and be with.

She was found in a swamp near the all but gone Imenti Forest, all alone, on the morning of 18th September 2002, the rest of the herd having fled, no doubt due to human disturbance. It is likely that her mother was disturbed during childbirth because she was miniscule on arrival with a moist umbilical cord still intact. We named her "Wendi", which in the Meru tribal dialect means "Hope" and we have named her thus, hoping that CITES makes the decision to hold the ban on the sale of Ivory, which will bring "hope" for the survival of elephants "hope" that the Imenti elephants will one day have a safe corridor to the forests of Mount Kenya and meet up with lost friends from whom they are now isolated by human settlement, and "hope" that the K.W.S. Warden of Meru, who was responsible for such a very efficient rescue, has a career full of "hope" within the Kenya Wildlife Service and above all, "hope" that little "HOPE" will survive.

Baby Wendi and Julius  Wendi having a wobbely wander

Wendi


Rearing a newborn elephant always presents a challenge, and in Wendiís case an even greater challenge than most because we feel she never had her motherís colostrum. One ear was bent down the middle, like a folded piece of parchment, and it is possible the little elephant must have been lying like this in the womb. Little "Wendi" was given powdered Colostrum in her first bottles of milk, just in case she had not had the benefit of her mother's first milk containing all the vital antibodies she needed for survival in a harsh world.

Too young to understand the loss of her elephant mother, she faced the future without the psychological trauma that troubles calves orphaned older. A beautiful elephant that can be assured of love and tender loving care from her adopted human family.

Wendi being protected from the sun  Sucking Julius's thumb

   

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