The Hombe Forest covers the lower slopes of Mt. Kenya and very fortunately the community that occupies this part of the country is ele-friendly, mainly due to Edwin Kinyanjui of the Mt. Kenya Bill Woodley Trust, who has had a hand in rescuing orphans Kenia, Mumbushi and now little “Kihari” - a yearling female calf who, like the others, wandered alone onto community land on the 9th September 2011 and whose presence was reported to Edwin Kinyanjui by community members Paul Nyagah and Martin Waweru. These two men kept a watch over the orphan, that day hoping that its mother would return during the night to reclaim it, but there was no evidence of other elephants in the area. While we do not know for sure, but since a marked escalation of poaching has been reported within the Mt. Kenya National Park of late, and the calf was very weak having obviously been without milk for some time, she is likely to have been yet another poaching victim. She was reported as being “friendly” towards humans, which for a wild calf of that age, is never a good sign!
Her presence was reported to the Warden, Robert O’Brien, who is familiar with the work of the Trust, having previously worked in Tsavo.
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13 years old
10 September 2011
Mount Kenya Region, Home Forest
Date of Birth (approximate)
3 September 2010
Age at Rescue
12 months old (approx)
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Panda and Kihari posing
Panda and Kihari
Kihari and Panda at the stockade compound
Kihari having fun in the water
From left Tahri, Kihari and Panda
Kihari and Edie leading