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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2/23/2018 - A big group of Ex Orphans came today to share lucerne with the orphans. They know the time and came in as early as possible. The orphans had their share of milk and later joined them with the keepers distributing lucerne to everyone. Barsilinga was very clever and was carrying his share on his back to have it later. Boromoko accompanied the dependent orphans to the bush and stayed with them the whole day.

Galla was very playful at mud bath today again. He actively played in the new mud bath and started rolling as he scratch his belly, head and bottom on the tree there. Six wild bulls also came to drink water but there werenít any other Ex Orphans apart from Boromoko.

Back in the bush Sapalan browsed on his own as usual and didnít socialize with the others. The others browsed and later walked towards the small water hole beside the dirt road to play in the water and cool down before heading home.

Wendi's herd came to have some water in the stockade today and say hi to the keepers as we had not seen them for the last few days. Kinna, Nasalot, Sunyei, Galana, Yatta and Mulika with all their babies were with Wendi. They stayed for a long time under the shade in the stockade. Narok also came with only Bomani and Vuria. Enkikwe is still on medication. Kithaka and Laragai today did not return for the night as they fear being locked in, but all others in her group came and were locked in.

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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


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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