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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 LASAYEN  Male  Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Namunyak Conservancy - Northern Kenya  One month  Found fallen down a community dug well   Well Victim 

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6/30/2018 - The orphans rushed out of their respective stockades placing themselves in the right positions for their milk and supplement feeding. Bada grabbed two trunks full of copra cake stuffing it into his mouth before moving on to play games at the stockade terrace. Lentili was thrilled to play pushing games with Tahri while Ndii was busy feeding on copra cake.

Kenia, Ndii and Araba, did not seem to be at all bothered by the baboons that were around them this morning while Ngilai, Lasayen and Ndotto were not happy at all to have them around and called to Tundani to help them chase them away. The keepers also came in to help the orphans keep the baboons at bay and keep them from stealing the orphans’ food.

Kihari and Mbegu enjoyed greeting one another as they played friendly games. Kenia came in and broke the two apart by standing between them. While out in the field Ndotto and Lasayen lay on the ground for about five minutes and continuously gave one another trunk hugs.

The afternoon milk bottle was brought to the orphans on the eastern side of Msinga Hill. They did not visit the waterhole today as it was a fairly cold day.


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 Lasayen having some milk Sweet Lasayen
Lasayen having some milk
photo taken on 12/19/2014
Sweet Lasayen
photo taken on 12/19/2014

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: LASAYEN (foster now)


On the 25th of September a tiny calf was retrieved from a well on the Namunyak conservancy in Samburu by the community rangers. He had obviously fallen down this community dug well meant specifically for livestock but so often frequented by the thirsty elephant herds under the cover of darkness in the dry season months. Little elephant calves at this time become increasingly vulnerable and slip in. Because of the human presence the elephant herds disappear at daybreak to avoid human wildlife conflict and in this case are faced with the simply heartbreaking decision of walking away from their forsaken calf.



Fortunately for the baby the community alerted the security rangers of the area when they were confronted by this stranded baby elephant who were able to retrieve him from the well. The decision was made by the management of the area to keep the calf overnight and try to reintroduce him to a herd in an effort to reunite him with his family.

Keepers waiting on the airstrip for the calf to arrive  Some of the calf's rescuers

The calf and its rescuers  The orphaned calf meets a keeper

The calf arrives at the Nairobi nursery

This did not work sadly and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was alerted the following day, 26th of September, by the Kenya Wildlife Service about his plight and a rescue was requested. A DSWT team of experienced Keepers flew into the Namunyak airstrip and retrieved the tiny baby. He was by this stage very dehydrated, as it had been a significant amount of time by now without milk. He was expertly restrained for the flight back to Nairobi and an IV drip put in place for the duration of the flight. On arrival at the Nursery the little baby was placed into a freshly prepared stable and given milk, which he took greedily. We called him Lasayen, a beautiful name from the area, a sacred mountain name for the Samburu.

Lasayen in the park with the other orphans  Lasayen

Ndotto and Lasayen  Ndotto and Lasayen with a keeper

Lasayen was teething when he came into the Nursery fold, which would suggest he was around about a month old when he so tragically lost his elephant family. This is a fraught time, and we loose so many babies during teething as their condition deteriorates and sometimes to the point of being irretrievable. Fragile calves so often succumb during this incredibly stressful time, a time that can span a few months, sometimes even three months. Lasayen definitely struggled which is quite normal, we have had over the span of many years seen few that don’t, but thankfully he then began to pick up when his teeth were finally all out, and his energy level improved, as did his body condition.

Lasayen and a keeper in Shuka  Lasayen and Ndotto

Lasayen with a keeper  Lasayen having some milk

Lasayen surrounded by greenery in the park

He is full of character and loved by all and of course the nurturing older orphans particularly. He has settled well and is genuinely happy and hooked on his many elephant friends and his beloved Keepers too.

Sweet Lasayen  Ndotto and Lasayen having milk

The keeers and babies in colourful Shuka

   

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