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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 BARSILINGA  Male  Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Found near Wamba area, next to his dying mother  Approximately 2 weeks old  His mother had to be euthanized as her wounds were too severe for recovery  Poaching 

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11/27/2017 - Enkikwe enjoyed a bottom-scratch whilst eating the lucerne before heading out to the bush this morning with his friends. Later, Bomani, Orwa and Narok came in running for some lucerne cubes too. They were late and found the orphans had already finished most of them.

In the bush, Barsilinga was scratching his neck and behind his ears. Other orphans were busy browsing and sharing food in one place. Roi and Ukame were also browsing together in one area with their trunks touching each other. Others came across a small pool of water and drank from it. Kamok later led the group towards mud bath. On their way, they came across another pool of water again and started playing in it before they reached the main mud wallow.

When the orphans arrived for their milk, Enkikwe ran away with his bottle, holding it by himself. The orphans then had some water and chose to wallow in the main mud pool today. They swam in a straight line which was quite a funny sight, and then all came out in a straight line to walk to the bush for browsing again!

They were all busy browsing in one group, but Shukuru was searching for Narok's group so she could join them, as they had been with them for part of that morning. She was restless, looking for Narok and leaving the rest of the dependent herd behind. She later came back after being unsuccessful in finding the Ex Orphan herd, and joined the orphans and the keepers on their way back to the stockades.

Galana’s herd visited us in the stockade today and drank water her baby Gawa; later they walked off back into the Park. Very late in the evening, Sunyei's herd with baby Siku came and they too drank water before going back into the bush. We were lucky to see these groups of Ex Orphans today as usually when it rains they do not come back to the stockades as much for water.

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

 Barsilinga with his Keeper Barsilinga in his stockade
Barsilinga with his Keeper
photo taken on 4/16/2012
Barsilinga in his stockade
photo taken on 4/16/2012


Gunshots were heard during the evening of 13th April 2012 by the community of the Lpus-La-Mpasion area near Wamba in the Samburu tribal area of Northern Kenya. The next morning a severely wounded female Elephant, with a calf at foot, was spotted in the area. Bullet wounds in the chest area and front legs had rendered her barely able to even move, yet another victim of the ivory trade and a grizzly reminder of the suffering attached to each piece of ivory that is bought or sold. The mother's end was a painful one, full of suffering, and her calf would have been a victim too had he not been one of the lucky few rescued.

The matter was reported to a KWS patrol within the area. They summoned the KWS Vet, Dr. Mutinda, who travelled to the scene to assess the injured mother. It turned out that the female elephant’s wounds were too severe for any hope of recovery. Having reported the matter to the Nairobi KWS Headquarters, it was decided that the mother be euthanized and her calf saved and sent to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Nursery in Nairobi National Park. The calf had its last feed of mother’s milk at 9 a.m. before the mother was later laid to rest.

By 1.30 p.m. the DSWT Rescue Team landed at the nearby Kisima Airstrip and waited for the arrival of the KWS ground team with the young baby. KWS had a good distance to travel to bring the rescued calf to the closest airstrip and arrived about 30 minutes later with him loaded in the back of a landcruiser pickup, closely held by the rangers. After our keepers checked on his condition he was loaded into the aircraft in order to be airlifted back to the Nursery, arriving in the afternoon.

The rescue Team arrives at Wamba  The orphan ins off loaded from the vehicle

The Keepers handling the orphan once he is off the rescue vehicle  The orphan is given milk & re-hydration

The Keepers prepare the orphan for the flight to Nairobi  The KWS Rangers who helped rescue the orphan pose for a picture before the baby is flown to the Nursery

The baby on the rescue plane

The orphan is prepared for the flight to the Nursery Unit  Scenes from the return flight

Little Barsilinga having a milk feed  The orphan arrives at the Nursery

The baby was in good condition, approximately two weeks old, a tiny bull still pink behind the ears. He was given the name “Barsilinga” after the area close to where his mother met her grizzly end just weeks after giving life to this precious baby.

Barsilinga in his stockade  Barsilinga with his Keeper

Barsilinga playing with the orphans & keepers  Barsilinga running!

Barsilinga getting love from everyone  Barsilinga with Mishak

Basilinga following the Keepers


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