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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KINNA  Female  Friday, October 15, 1999 Kinna/ Meru  1 Week Old  Found in a Water Hole, Stuck in the mud & severly sun burnt at Kinna  Stuck in Mud 

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Most Recent Keeper's Diary Entry: (view all the latest entries for KINNA)

1/28/2019 - As soon as the orphans left the stockade compound and went out to browse, the ex-orphans Wendi, Wiva, Kinna, Sunyei, Siku, Ithumba, Vuria and two wild elephants showed up for water at the stockade water troughs. It appears that quite a lot of the water holes are drying up in the area and slowly the wild elephants are coming back for water. Six other wild elephants checked in for water after Kinna and her group left to join the dependent orphans. Siku spent some time playing with Naseku while Vuria had long chat with Olsekki.

At mud bath time, the weather was chilly and the orphans only had their milk and some water before engaging in various activities around the mud bath. Rapa challenged Galla as Oltaiyoni acted as the referee of the match. Sapalan, Kauro and Enkikwe settled for soil dusting while Namalok tackled Karisa. Later, Karisa shifted base and walked to play with Mundusi. Tusuja took advantage of the new game and jumped on Mundusi too. Olsekki joined two wild bulls drinking water as Esampu had a lone game of rolling on the ground. In the afternoon, the clouds cleared giving way to sunshine and this prompted the orphans to take a break from feeding to relax under some trees that had good shade.

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

 Kinna and her keeper Kinna scratching against a tree
Kinna and her keeper
photo taken on 9/16/2000
Kinna scratching against a tree
photo taken on 9/16/2000


This little female calf is estimated to have been born on or about 15 October 1999 and only 1 week old when rescued. She was discovered submerged in mud in a waterhole near 'Kina' within Meru National Park. She lay exposed to the sun all day before being rescued and extracted, but it was clear the sun had damaged her petal pink ears terribly. She was airlifted to our Nairobi Nursery and in time one ear was so sun damaged that it became like parchment and despite our best efforts to heal it, the top finally died and fell away completely. Due to her sun-damaged ears, Kinna has always been very distinctive and easily recognizable even amidst the wild herds when grown.

Kinna and her blanket  Kinna with her damaged ear

Kinna's damaged ear  Kinna and her keeper

Kinna scratching against a tree

Kinna has been a forceful character from the outset, inclined to be bossy and a very precocious baby compared to others. She has always had an outgoing character, and with time, as she has grown older she has become a no nonsense girl, providing the discipline when needed.

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