Orphans, Loved and Lost

Every orphan we rescue becomes a part of our family.

In their hour of greatest need, we provide a place of love and hope for fragile orphaned elephants but not everyone makes it through the critical recovery period.

Witnessing the loss of their mother and herd can leave orphaned infant elephants severely traumatised and many arrive in our care with considerable psychological scars and physical injuries. Battling shock and grief for their lost loved ones, during this precarious period their survival hangs in the balance and not all calves make it through. Others have succumbed to underlying health issues despite the very best in veterinary care. Here, we remember those we have loved and lost.

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Name Gender Date born Age on arrival Comments Reason for being orphaned Date of passing
Ajabu Female Wednesday, 3 April 2013 0 weeks old Found 3 kilometers from Masinga Hill following tour vans, fate of mother and herd unknown Unknown Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Asanje Female Saturday, 7 April 2012 1 year old First reported by the Masai community near the Masai Mara Game Reserve. She later arrived remained near the waterhole at Cotters 1920’s Camp in the Masai Mara. Unknown Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Ashaka Female Thursday, 10 October 2013 3 weeks old Found stuck in a drying waterhole by members of the Kenya Wildlife Service Manyani Ranger Training Academy Stuck in mud Friday, 17 April 2015
Balguda Male Monday, 5 December 2011 6 months old Was seen very distressed on his own, our Voi Keepers were called and came to rescue the orphan Unknown Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Dida Female Monday, 3 September 2007 4 weeks old This little calf was rescued having fallen down a man hole on the Mzima Springs waterpipeline Man-made cause for separation Friday, 9 March 2012
Kili Male Wednesday, 13 August 2014 1 week old Found on his own Unknown Friday, 12 December 2014
Kimana Male Tuesday, 6 May 2008 3 weeks old He wandered into a Maasai Manyatta seeking the company of the cattle. When the Maasai owner’s brother saw the cattle obviously disturbed by something he went to investigate, and to his surprise was confronted with this tiny elephant calf. Man-made cause for separation Sunday, 1 January 2017
Kinango Male Sunday, 5 August 2012 3 weeks old He was stranded, hungry and visibly stressed when found walking along the Kwale-Kinango road near the Mwadabawa junction seeking comfort under an abandoned truck Poaching Monday, 15 October 2012
Kudup Female Sunday, 12 April 2009 4 weeks old Found trapped in a well in the Milgis Lugga and rescued just before flood waters came down Man-made cause for separation Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Kwale Male Friday, 4 November 2011 10 months old Trapped in a man made well Trapped in a well Monday, 28 October 2013
Loisaba Female Thursday, 1 January 1998 2 years old Mother was poached for her ivory on Loisaba rance Poaching Sunday, 1 January 2017
Lorian Male Wednesday, 6 June 2012 3 weeks old After being orphaned he strayed into a nearby village who alerted the KWS Man-made cause for separation Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Maalim Male Wednesday, 17 December 2008 2 weeks old Found abandoned Man-made cause for separation Monday, 18 October 2010
Maarifa Female Wednesday, 31 October 2018 0 weeks old Stuck in mud Monday, 25 March 2019
Makosa Male Sunday, 1 August 1999 3 weeks old His mother was translocated from Nairobi National Park, and due to drugs had no milk when her calf was born. Orphaned during relocation Friday, 21 October 2005
Maralal Female Thursday, 2 February 2012 1 month old She was found by the community members having fallen down a man-made well Trapped in a well Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Merru Male Tuesday, 5 December 2017 9 months old Found in a deep quarry with no other elephants around and in distress Human-Wildlife Conflict Tuesday, 6 November 2018
Mumbushi Male Thursday, 12 May 2011 2 months old He was found alone and injured by a cattle herder in the Mt. Kenya forest near the Hombe river. Poaching Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Mweiga Female Thursday, 1 October 1998 6 months old Herd driven out of a settlement in Mweiga where she was left behind Problem animal control Sunday, 1 January 2017
Ndomot Male Wednesday, 1 October 2003 1 month old Fell into a well dug by tribesmen in a sand lugga at Oldonyo Nyiro Man-made cause for separation Sunday, 27 April 2008
Nyika Male Thursday, 29 September 2011 9 months old Found wandering alone Poaching Thursday, 20 September 2012
Ol Malo Female Wednesday, 1 January 2003 3 months old Thought to be a victim of poaching in Laikipia Poaching Monday, 26 June 2006
Rukinga Male Tuesday, 4 September 2012 3 weeks old He was seen on his own by an anti-poaching team while on patrol on Mgeno Ranch Unknown Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Sabachi Male Tuesday, 2 September 2008 5 months old He was discovered by Aden the gardener when he walked into the grounds of Serara Lodge, Man-made cause for separation Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Salaita Male Monday, 15 September 2008 2 years old He was discovered abandoned with no trace of elephants in the area Unknown Thursday, 11 November 2010
Sasab Male Tuesday, 25 October 2011 2 weeks old Got washed down the Ewaso Niro River Natural causes Thursday, 8 December 2011
Selengai Female Saturday, 15 March 2003 1 week old Found wondering alone on one of the ranch tracks, fate of mother is unknown Natural causes Tuesday, 2 October 2012
Shida Male Friday, 1 August 2003 2 months old KWS euthanazed his dying mother & rescued him just as hyenas were circling him Natural causes Friday, 18 March 2011
Shimba Male Tuesday, 29 August 2006 1 month old Orphaned when his ailing mother died Natural causes Sunday, 20 October 2013
Shira Female Wednesday, 7 May 2008 10 months old Trapped in a Well in the Sinya Community area close to the Tanzanian border near Amboseli National Park Man-made cause for separation Sunday, 1 January 2017
Shujaa Male Thursday, 29 August 2013 1 month old Found wandering alone following anyone he could find Unknown Friday, 8 November 2013
Simotua Male Friday, 20 June 2014 1 year old Found in the Rumuruti Forest in a weak condition with a snare wound on the leg and a spear wound to the head Poaching Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Sokotei Male Wednesday, 2 October 2013 6 months old Rescued after his mother's tragic death Natural causes Saturday, 28 April 2018
Sorka Female Saturday, 3 March 2012 2 years old Found alone near Satao camp Unknown Saturday, 25 October 2014
Tano Female Tuesday, 5 May 2009 2 months old Found on her own at Poaching Saturday, 11 May 2013
Wasin Female Saturday, 9 October 2010 1 week old She was rescued by Samburu elders from the mud of a shallow well Stuck in mud Saturday, 8 January 2011