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.
17 years old
18 September 2002
Meru Region, Imenti Forest
Date of Birth (approximate)
11 September 2002
Age at Rescue
1 week old (approx)
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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.
Wema is Wendi's second wild-born calf, born during the rainy season in Tsavo East National Park. A little girl, she has a protective older sister in the shape of Wiva, Wendi's first calf who was born in 2015, with whom she is pictured here.
Wendi's group with Yatta and their babies
Early morning visit from Wendi & her newborn calf
Wendi with Wema and Wiva
Sunyei and Wendi with orphans
Wendi minus Wiva
Ex orphan Wendi, Lemoyian, Sana Sana and Zurura
Wendi and Yatta's ex-orphan herd