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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9/23/2017 - The orphans met the Ex Orphans when they came out of their stockades this morning. There were wild elephants here too. Kithaka led the dependent group out to the bush to browse. They very much concentrated on this task and later they met up with Wendi's group, Mutara's group and Olare's group who they browsed with before they headed to the mud bath for their milk.

It was so much fun to watch the wild bulls busy playing in the mud hole, as another group of them waited for the water bowser near the water trough. The truck arrived and they all started sharing the water with the orphans. Some of our orphans joined the wild bulls in the mud bath fun while Karisa was very busy scratching on a fallen tree. The group later walked back to the bush to browse.
Everyone continued browsing despite the hot and dry weather in the area .Mutara's group later joined the orphans as they browsed. Kithaka started play fighting with Mutara as he welcomed her into the group. They later walked as a group back home in the evening.
In the stockades today we first had a group of 17 wild bulls who came to drink water. Later on, Olare's group came in and joined them. After few minutes, Mutara's group also appeared and join the two groups. They all drank water and disappeared separately in their groups and in the order they arrived as well.

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

 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


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


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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