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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 ILINGWEZI  Female  April 1999 Ilingwezi / Laikipia  2 Weeks Old  Fell into an erosion Gulley during the night in Ilingwezi group ranch Laikipia  Found in Erosion Gulley 

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1/29/2016 - The juniors left the stockade this morning after milk and supplement feeding. The cow and her calf seem to trust the stockade area and the keepers, and wished to remain feeding and drinking in that area today as well. She had browsed up way up Msinga hill, above the stockade office, and was all alone and the keepers worried about the possible predation of her little calf if she explored any further afield alone. That elephant cow had a right-hand portion of her tusk chopped off but that was possible and very likely with our orphans whose ivory seems to be more brittle than the wild elephants. It is so difficult to give a definitive answer but the fact that she was alone and not with a herd, that she returned with her baby and has hung around makes us feel sure she is one of our ex orphans. She bravely maintained her position having her calf around the stockade premises, trusting and believing in the protection that she much needed for her calf at this young age, of which there is plenty around stockade area.

Emilyís herd then visited the stockade at 7.30am, drinking and leaving without linking up with that single elephant cow who was up the hill browsing at the time of their arrival. The elephant cow, that we hoped was Ilingwezi, didnít come down to the stockade tonight as she had drunk enough water in the morning.

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  Ilingwezi is pushed to wake up by Natumi

photo taken on 1/29/2016
Ilingwezi is pushed to wake up by Natumi
photo taken on 5/20/2005


A female calf estimated to have been born in April 1999, this tiny female was only 2 weeks old when she was orphaned.She comes from the Il Ngwezi Group Ranch in Laikipia district, Northern Kenya, an area belonging to the Samburu tribe who have become conservation conscious and protect their wildlife for the benefit of visitors to their beautiful little self catering Lodge, which is a popular tourist destination. Revenue derived from tourism to the area benefits the community directly. Ilingwezi was rescued by the tribesmen, who herd an elephant commotion during the night and went out the next day to investigate. They found this tiny calf in a deep erosion gulley, signs of the other elephants' struggle to free her during the night very evident. She was unharmed, and flown to Nairobi that afternoon, arriving in good condition, one of the lucky few who has never needed the attentions of a Vet.


Enjoying her mudbath   

The Il Ngwezi Group Ranch tribesmen were concerned about the future of "their" little elephant, so in the interests of public relations, they were flown to Nairobi to satisfy themselves that she was in good hands. They arrived, some dressed in tribal regalia, and spent the day with the Nursery elephants, thoroughly enjoying the experience. Daphne Sheldrick promised them that when their elephant left the Nursery to join the older orphans in Tsavo, they would be taken there to see her again. This promise was fulfilled in February 2001 when the man who actually rescued Ilingwezi, plus the Chief and Elders of the tribe joined Kenya Wildlife Service dignitaries and a Minister in the Office of the President to spend time with all the Tsavo orphans. Surrounded by about 25 orphaned elephants of all sizes, it was an experience none of them will ever forget, particularly as one of our Big Boys, Dika, now independent, turned up unexpectedly, and greeted the people gently, towering over them.

Ilingwezi is pushed to wake up by Natumi


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