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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 LENTILI  Female  Saturday, July 7, 2012 Ol Lentille Conservancy  18 months old  Found on her own with no other elephants in sight  Reason Unknown 

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5/28/2018 - Early this morning the orphan elephants had finished their milk bottle and supplements and were ready to head to the fields for the days browsing activities. Mbegu took the lead with Ndotto, Lasayen, Murit, Godoma, and Ngilai following closely behind her. Lentili, who is used to leading, broke through the group and took the leading position with Ngilai closely following her.

After a little while spent browsing on the northern grounds of the stockade, Murit and Ndotto found their way to the center of the senior members of the herd. Ndii stretched her trunk towards them welcoming them to the group.

As the hours passed the day became warmer and Mbegu and Godoma were seen drawing water up from the stomachs to spray over their bodies in an effort to cool down. Their actions signaled that it was time for the group to make their way to the waterhole with the seven juniors being the first to arrive for their afternoon milk bottle. The seven were then seen taking shelter under a tree as they waited for the rest to arrive and finish their milk sot that they could all enjoy a mud bath in the middle waterhole.

Embu was seen holding Ndotto's leg with her trunk while in a lying down position bravely pulling him towards her in an effort to get him to join her mud bathing games. Ndii was the shining star at the mud bath today as she jumped into the baobab water trough and lay down for a swim. Mbegu, Ngilai, Godoma, and Murit were wide-eyed as they watched her lovely swimming game. Ndoria attempted to jump into the trough to join Ndii, but her short height played to her disadvantage and she was unable to get over the water trough wall. Ndoria then chose to enjoy a scratching session on the side of the water trough while Ndii siphoned water with her trunk from the trough and sprayed it onto Ndoria.

Ishaq-B then took Lasayen for a wonderful mud bathing game, before joining the rest of the group for the final browsing session of the day which took place close to the waterhole. In the evening Mbegu enjoyed leading the orphans back to the safety of the stockades for the night.

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

 The keepers try to keep the calf calm Munching on a branch at visiting
The keepers try to keep the calf calm
photo taken on 10/1/6477
Munching on a branch at visiting
photo taken on 10/18/2013


On October 5th Ol Lentille Rangers on routine patrol sighted an abandoned baby elephant calf, estimated to be 18 months old. There were no other elephants in the area, and the fate of her mother remained unclear. The Rangers were posted on 24 hour follow-and-observe duty.

On October 6th a group of elephants approached the calf, and it was hoped that she would be reunited with her family but unfortunately the herd moved off seemingly disinterested in the lone baby.

  Children watching what is going on

On the 7th October The Conservancy informed the Kenya Wildlife Service about the orphan who contacted Angela Sheldrick. Ol Lentille Conservancy is on the edge of Laikipia in Northern Kenya, approximately a 1 hour 15 minute flight from Nairobi. We were informed by the Conservancy management that they would await our team and provide all the ground logistics in order to aid us in the capturing of the calf. On arrival at the Ol Lentille airstrip at 3.10 pm the team led by Peter Mbulu were immediately taken the where the elephant was, and having disembarked from the plane with a canvas stretcher, mattress, straps and ropes, and a few blankets the curious onlookers were incredulous as to how a rescue of a fairly large calf was going to be undertaken.

Community members  Capturing the calf

Community members help to capture and restrain the calf  Restraining the calf

The keepers try to keep the calf calm  The calf is restrained for the trip

Our Keepers told their expectant audience to wait and watch – and so it was that the team efficiently approached the calf, were able to get close enough to it and when she charged threw the blanket over the calf’s head enabling them to grab her behind her ears, restrain and constrain her in no time at all. She was then subdued with tranquilizers to take the edge off her stress and driven back to the airstrip and loaded onto the plane. Total operation time 70 minutes!! The aircraft was airborne to Nairobi at 4.45 pm.

The claf is loaded into the vehicle to be taken to the airstrip  The calf in the back of the vehicle

Loaded into the plane  Aboard the flight

The calf is carried into the stockade  Lentili in the stockades on arrival at the Nursery


The young calf has been given the name Lentille and has obviously been without her family and mum for sometime. She was reluctant to take her milk, and after feeding on greens in the stockade collapsed 24 hours later. She required a drip in order to gather strength enough to get back to her feet and it was some time before she would feed adequately in order to fully regain her strength.

The calf is called Lentili  Lentili asleep

Munching on a branch at visiting  Lentili and Kwale

Lentili in the mudbath


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