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!
10 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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Ngilai, Suswa and Kihari
Godoma Kihari and Mudanda ready to dust
Kihari scratching her eye
Kihari playing with Mbirikani
Kenia, Araba, Nguvu, Kihari browsing together
Kihari on the rocks on Msinga Hill
Kihari at the edge of the edge of the mudbath
Kihari, Kenia, and Ndii walking in the field