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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 ENKIKWE  Male  Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Mara North Conservancy - Maasai Mara  10-11 Months  Found next to his dead mother near the Musiara gate and Enkikwei village  Sick Mother 

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9/30/2017 - The orphans settled for lucerne soon after leaving the stockade. It was a quiet morning without any wild elephants or Ex Orphans joining the orphans to feast on lucerne. Karisa was feeding close to Barsilinga and received a rude shock when Barsilinga just knocked him down out of the blue and for no apparent reason. This annoyed Karisa and since there was nothing he could do, he just got up and left.

Out in the bush Galla took a break from feeding to scratch against a tree while Kithaka settled for a pushing game with Garzi. Lemoyian had a lone game of rolling on the ground as Tusuja played with Boromoko. At around ten o'clock in the morning the juniors were joined by Narok’s group which consists of herself, Orwa, Bomani and Vuria. Later, Sokotei and Siangiki used the same tree to scratch their ears while Lemoyian, who loves pushing games, engaged Enkikwe to a strength testing exercise.

At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by Olare’s group and fifteen wild elephants. Garzi briefly engaged Chemi Chemi in a pushing game, a game that he lost miserably to. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse on the western side of Ithumba Hill up to four o'clock in evening, when Laragai led the way for an evening cool-off in the mud bath. After they were done, the orphan’s soil dusted and then Ukame led the way back to the stockade.

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 Sweet Enkikwe Enkikwe with Dupotto and Embu
Sweet Enkikwe
photo taken on 10/23/2014
Enkikwe with Dupotto and Embu
photo taken on 10/23/2014

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: ENKIKWE (foster now)


A young approximately 20 year old female elephant mother was sighted on the 22nd of September and appeared healthy while happily playing with her two calves near Enkikwei an area in the Mara North Conservancy. The older of her two calves was approximately seven years old and male while the younger baby was estimated to be approximately 10 – 11 months old male. Tragically on the 23rd of September the same mother was discovered dead but with no visible injuries. This came as a terrible shock to both the Mara North Conservancy Management and the DSWT funded mobile veterinary team based in the Masai Mara who responded to the case. Signs of acute Gastroenteritis were evident and to this day it remains a mystery as to what could have possibly killed her so rapidly unless she had eaten something poisonous. She was found dead a few meters away from the Musiara entrance gate of the Masai Mara near the Masai village called Enkikwei where she was sighted the previous day.

The baby calf at this stage was being protected by his elder brother, still in the orbit of where his mother lay lifeless on the Mara plains. Very tragically despite his brother’s best efforts, being so young and milk dependent, he could not survive without being rescued and hand raised so the team on the ground new this decision had to be made and in good time before he became vulnerable to predators.

The calf arrives at the airstrip  The rescue vehicle and calf near the plane

The calf is offered some milk  The young calf

Strapping the calf's feet  Strapping the orphans feet


The DSWT was contacted and a rescue was mobilized headed to the Mara North Conservancy. The DSWT rescue team arrived in the afternoon and found the calf already captured and standing in the back of a land cruiser waiting for them on the airfield. Of course the fact that his older brother of seven had lost on this day his beloved mother and tiny brother was not lost on any of those involved in this case. Thankfully we are confident that he is old enough to be looked after by his loving relatives and in time his physiological wounds will heal.

Preparing to offload the calf  Preparing to offload the calf from the vehicle

The calf is offloaded  The calf is loaded onto the plane

Long acting antibiotic to be administered  Enroute to Nairobi

The calf is placed on a drip  En route to Nairobi


The team arrived back in Nairobi with the baby in the late evening, and he arrived full of fight. A strong and robust calf he took a few days to settle down, but fortunately for him he found himself in a stockade next to magical Embu. Embu’s love and reassurance throughout the nights that followed, and then once he was out with the others after only a few short days with her constant companionship, has ensured Enkikwe (named after the area he was found) has found love and an inseparable bond which has lessened his pain.

On the way to the Nursery  The calf arrives at the Nursery

The calf is placed in the stocakde  The straps are undone

The calf on its feet


He has settled in remarkably well given the circumstances and now even shares a night stockade with Embu, sleeping soundly by her side. Enkikwe is a month on since his rescue genuinely happy despite the tragedy that befell him, and we only hope that his brother is healing too still with his natal herd on the plains of the Masai Mara.

Enkikwe reaching out  Enkikwe with the rest of the orphans

Enkikwe out in the bush  Sweet Enkikwe

Enkikwe with Dupotto and Embu

   

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