Wendi's Story

She is an Imenti Forest Elephant, and arrived only days old, with a moist umbilical cord, soft black hair on her skin and a tiny short trunk. Being so young, she really had no comprehension yet, other than the fact she needed food and someone bigger to follow and be with.

Wendi's Story

She was found in a swamp near the all but gone Imenti Forest, all alone, on the morning of 18th September 2002, the rest of the herd having fled, no doubt due to human disturbance. It is likely that her mother was disturbed during childbirth because she was miniscule on arrival with a moist umbilical cord still intact. We named her "Wendi", which in the Meru tribal dialect means "Hope" and we have named her thus, hoping that CITES makes the decision to hold the ban on the sale of Ivory, which will bring "hope" for the survival of elephants "hope" that the Imenti elephants will one day have a safe corridor to the forests of Mount Kenya and meet up with lost friends from whom they are now isolated by human settlement, and "hope" that the K.W.S. Warden of Meru, who was responsible for such a very efficient rescue, has a career full of "hope" within the Kenya Wildlife Service and above all, "hope" that little "HOPE" will survive.

Rearing a newborn elephant always presents a challenge, and in Wendi’s case an even greater challenge than most because we feel she never had her mother’s colostrum. One ear was bent down the middle, like a folded piece of parchment, and it is possible the little elephant must have been lying like this in the womb. Little "Wendi" was given powdered Colostrum in her first bottles of milk, just in case she had not had the benefit of her mother's first milk containing all the vital antibodies she needed for survival in a harsh world.

Too young to understand the loss of her elephant mother, she faced the future without the psychological trauma that troubles calves orphaned older. A beautiful elephant that can be assured of love and tender loving care from her adopted human family.

Wendi was moved to Ithumba with Taita, Olmalo, Selengai, Tomboi, Napasha, Kinna, Yatta, Nasalot and Mulika in 2004, and remains in a herd with her wild born baby Wiva with some of the females to this day, led by Yatta.

Adopt Wendi for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Important Note: Thank you for adopting and being part of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust family. It is important to note that your donation will help any orphan in need. Our orphans will need more than one adoptive parent.

Adopt Wendi for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.

Important Note: Thank you for adopting and being part of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust family. It is important to note that your donation will help any orphan in need. Our orphans will need more than one adoptive parent.

Current age

17 years old

Gender

Female

Rescued date

18 September 2002

Rescue Location

Meru Region, Imenti Forest

Date of Birth (approximate)

11 September 2002

Reason Orphaned

Human-Wildlife Conflict

Age at Rescue

1 week old (approx)

Current Location

Living Wild

Wendi's featured photos

Our digital adoption programme includes the following:

Personalised adoption certificate.

Monthly email update on your orphan and the project.

Monthly water colour by Angela Sheldrick.

Access to special content; latest Keepers' Diaries, videos and photos

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Wendi's Calves

Meet Wendi's wild born offspring.

Wiva

Female

Born to ex-orphan Wendi, this little girl was named Wiva after the weaver birds, who were busy building their nests in the acacia trees at the Ithumba Reintegration Unit on the very same day of Wiva’s birth. Wendi was so trusting of her former Keepers, allowing Head Keeper Benjamin to meet Wiva when she was just days old.

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Wendi's Latest Photos

Wendi

Sunyei and Wendi with orphans

Wendi minus Wiva

Ex orphan Wendi, Lemoyian, Sana Sana and Zurura

Wendi and Yatta's ex-orphan herd

Wendi and Wiva

Yatta and Wendi with the others

Wendi, baby Wiva and Olsekki