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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 EDIE  Female  April 1999 Namunyek  4 Months old  Found by tibesmen in a well on the Namunyak Group ranch North of Lewa Downs  Drought Related 

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11/11/2017 - Today, Emily, Eve, Emma, Edie, Eden, Sweet Sally, Safi, Lolokwe, Siria, Taveta, Mweya and two wild elephant bulls came and stood outside the park, behind the elephant grid at the park entrance. The group had had missed the standard gauge railway corridor and had followed the Ngutuni fence line to the park entrance where they awaited assistance to re enter the park. A section of fence was opened up for them and they made their way straight to the Voi stockade.
The group had walked from the sisal estate sanctuary, several miles away where they had been seen about two weeks ago, to the park entrance unharmed. Emma, Eden and Safi enjoyed a game of chasing one another around the stockade compound.

Lesanju, who had arrived at the stockade in the morning, was seen to be shying away from Emily’s herd. She then went to greet Eden at which point Taveta engaged her in a wrestling match. Lesanju left the stockade together with Emily’s herd later that day.

In the evening, at 6.40pm, a report of an orphan male elephant calf aged about three years old was reported by the Kenya wildlife Service gate attendants. The gate staff had received a message from a tour driver who found the orphan baby stuck in a ditch and in a state of collapse. It is believed that the orphan elephant had been there the whole night and day. The calf was rescued and following drips that were administered during the course of the night, it was able to get back to its feet.

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

 Edie kneeling by the waterhole Edie climbing on Imenti
Edie kneeling by the waterhole
photo taken on 5/20/2005
Edie climbing on Imenti
photo taken on 12/15/2000


Estimated to have been born in April 1999, this female calf was about 4 months when rescued from a well on the Namunyak Group Ranch North of Lewa Downs. Her family had struggled all night unsuccessfully to try and retrieve her, but had to leave when tribesmen and their cattle turned up. She endured a rough ride in a lorry before being flown first to Lewa Downs Airstrip and from there by Charter plane to Nairobi. She is named "Edie" by special request of the Craig family who own Lewa Downs Ranch, to honour the memory of one of their donors named "Evie". The closest Samburu word we could find to "Evie" was "Edie" which means "over there" and with the approval of the late Evie's family, we thought this more appropriate. For many weeks Edie suffered from deep depression grieving for her lost elephant family, and was very sore and bruised from her fall, able only to lie on one side of her body for more than a month. In all other respects, she was not in bad condition and tender loving care from both the Keepers and the other elephants soon made her happy again.

Edie climbing on Imenti  Edie

Edie has a spirited character and of all the females in her group she was always the most adventurous , usually the first to provide back up when intruders encountered in the orphans' travels in the bush startle the group and need to be sent on their way.

Edie kneeling by the waterhole

Ilingwezi is her best friend in those days, but now she travels as part of Emily's herd with her two wild born calves, Ella and Eden, and we are very happy to see them whenever they pass through the Voi stockades.

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