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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8/24/2018 - This morning there were some wild elephants and graduate orphans drinking at the stockade compound and we noticed that Kandecha had a very swollen tail from another lion attack. We tried to get him into a stockade to treat the wound but he refused, although he was very relaxed. He allowed the Keepers to wash the wound and apply the healing green clay with iodine mixed in. Kandecha is a big elephant and is evidently still a target for these aggressive lions. Turkwel was treated with Enkikwe and then all the orphans walked out to the bush. Kandecha didnít want to stay with the dependent orphans in the bush but chose to follow his own group. Chemi Chemi was around too and we managed to treat him after a long struggle. He was left behind and didnít follow the other orphans. After a few minutes, Tumaren realized that he was not with them and came running back to collect him. She used all means to push him from behind and make him follow the rest of her group. The other babies were busy browsing on their own with Turkwel feeling happy to stay with the babies. Siangiki was kneeling down to cut some grass with her teeth.

Later at noon at the mud bath area, we had a large group of graduate orphans and wild elephants. Yatta, Sunyei and Kinna with their babies were among them. Back in the bush, all the dependent babies were very busy browsing and later Mundusi led the herd back home in the evening for their milk.

Yatta, Sunyei, Kinna and Galana with their babies Yoyo, Siku, Kama and Gawa also visited the stockades today with some wild elephants. They all had some water and left again.

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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