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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 MWEYA  Female  January 2001 Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda  1 Month Old  Found in a fishing village having wondered out of the park in Uganda  Man Made Cause for Separation 

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12/20/2017 - The first to arrive at the stockades this morning was Lesanju and Lempaute and went straight to the water trough for a drink. A few minutes after their arrival they were followed by Tassia and Mweya with Laikipia, Thoma and baby Thor coming in soon after. Thor enjoyed a scratching session against a rock and the group returned to the browsing fields after quenching their thirst.

The stockade dependant orphan elephants exited their stockades after the seven visiting Ex Orphans had left. They downed their milk and then headed to the browsing field where they fed in single file, visiting the baobab waterhole in the afternoon where they had fun playing mud bathing games. Bada went to the center of the pool where he rolled around in the water. Kenia admired his game for a few minutes before joining him. Ndii sat on the walls of the hole and slid into the water. The afternoon was spent browsing until it was time to return to the stockades for the night.

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 Mweya - developing into quite a personality Mweya having a mud bath bath
Mweya - developing into quite a personality
photo taken on 10/10/2004
Mweya having a mud bath bath
photo taken on 1/5/2004


A female calf born in January 2001 in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda; estimated age just days old when rescued. Age on arrival in our Nursery - 1 month.

This baby was unique, being Ugandan as opposed to all the other Kenyan orphans we have rescued. She simply wandered into a fishing village near Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park, was thereafter transported across the Channel in a fishing boat and dumped back in the bush, because her rescuers didn't know what else to do! Fortunately, word got out, and she was re-captured by an expatriate who had heard about her, and taken to the Uganda Education Centre, where she was cared for round the clock by expatriate volunteers and two National Park Rangers with telephone instructions from us in Nairobi. Meanwhile, the ponderous bureaucracy of getting an elephant across a territorial boundary had to be tackled, which involved 6 long weeks. Eventually, however, "Mweya" (thus named by the Ugandans) arrived on the 27th February 2001 by Helicopter.

Mewya on the lake shore in Uganda  Mweya sleeping with her chimp friend

Mweya and her keepers in Uganda  Mweya having a dust bath

She was tiny for her age, but what she lacked in size, she certainly made up in character - an extremely forceful and playful little elephant with a strong personality and a mind of her own! She was held in the Uganda Education Centre which she shared with some chimpanzees, who obviously gave her a very hard time, but she proved well able to look after herself and them!
Mweya is now an ex-orphan in Tsavo East National Park who sometimes visit the Voi stockades every now and then.

Mweya in Uganda  Mweya dusting herself


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