This little female calf is estimated to have been born on or about 15 October 1999 and only 1 week old when rescued. She was discovered submerged in mud in a waterhole near 'Kina' within Meru National Park. She lay exposed to the sun all day before being rescued and extracted, but it was clear the sun had damaged her petal pink ears terribly. She was airlifted to our Nairobi Nursery and in time one ear was so sun damaged that it became like parchment and despite our best efforts to heal it, the top finally died and fell away completely. Due to her sun-damaged ears, Kinna has always been very distinctive and easily recognizable even amidst the wild herds when grown.
22 years old
18 October 1999
Meru Region, Meru National Park
Date of Birth (approximate)
15 October 1999
Stuck in mud
Age at Rescue
0 weeks old (approx)
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Born in the early hours of 24th March 2017, Kama is Kinna's first calf and arrived as the clouds over Tsavo were building, a sign of oncoming and much needed rains after a long drought. She has been named after the Hindu God of Love.
On the morning of 17th October 2021, Kinna, her first-born Kama, and the rest of Yatta’s ex orphan herd converged upon our Ithumba Reintegration Unit with a chorus of trumpets. This level of fanfare could only mean one thing: a baby announcement and sure enough, Kinna had a newborn scuttling by her side. She was still petal pink behind the ears and wobbly on her legs, but looking very healthy. We have named her Kaia, a nod to the ancient red earth she will call home.
Yatta, Kinna, Loijuk, Nasalot and their babies
Kinna, Wendi and Wema
Kinna greeting the dependent orphans
Kinna and her herd
Kinna, Sunyei, Siku and Kama