The Yorba Linda Women’s Club is now sponsoring a herd of eleven elephants. Fostering an elephant makes a fun gift. Please contact Leslie Sorrells if you are interested.
We will introduce two elephants in May, Mulika and Malkia. Mulika was born in March 2000 and sponsored by Carol McCarty. She was 7-8 months old when found in the Meru National Park by a guest of a lodge, her mother a victim of poaching for the ivory tusks. Mulika was extremely traumatized and very wild when she entered the shelter but calmed down with help from the other Nursery elephants. However, bent on escape, she was kept enclosed for a few days until she was comfortable within the Nursery group but it took many weeks for her to recover from the grief of losing her loved ones. The name "Mulika" comes from a place within the Park near where she was found. She is a loving and gentle little character and very fond of Nasalot who sleeps in the next door to her at night.
Malkia, sponsored by club member Olivia Alessi, was found by her recumbent mother on the Dika plains. It is believed her mother was dying due to a brutal dry season and she was over 40 years old, which meant she was on her last set of teeth. The David Sheldrick rescue team focused on the young milk dependent calf, approximately six months old, who already was undernourished, presumably as a result of her mother’s compromised condition and lack of milk. Malkia was rescued as her mother was euthanized and driven to the Voi stockades where she was placed in a pen. Malkia means ‘queen’ in Swahili, in deference to her lost mother, who walked the Tsavo plains in David Sheldrick’s time, when he was warden of Tsavo some 40 years ago.
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The Yorba Linda Woman’s Club collects pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Bring your tabs to the meeting and when the bucket gets full, the tabs are taken to the McDonald House on Batavia in Orange. The tabs are recycled to help pay the expense of families staying at the House while their children are undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital. It takes about 1267 pull tabs to make a pound, but every tab helps.
Baby Roi was born in 2013 and is sponsored by club member Nancy Capel. She was found next to her dead mother in the company of the rest of her herd when she was only ten months old. Inspection of the dead mother revealed that she had been poached and died from a poisoned spear wound on her cheek.
She had been photographed by a visitor happily feeding with her little baby underfoot, both alive and well. The next day the tragedy unfolded and the same visitor found a very different scenario with the baby confused at her dead mothers side, but in the company of the rest of the herd, trying to come to terms with it all. The little calf was then whisked away by the rest of the herd. As a milk dependent baby she would have little hope of survival without being rescued as a lactating mother in the herd would never have enough milk to satiate two calves. The tragedy was reported and everyone realized that the young milk dependent calf had little hope of survival without her mother and that she needed to be rescued before the herd travelled great distances with her where any hope of rescue would be lost forever. The baby without sufficient milk would only get weaker and weaker and eventually be unable to keep up with the herd and be left behind.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) elephant rescue team had the unenviable task of separating this baby from the herd before she was spirited away and lost. With careful maneuvering, the calf was separated by vehicle in order to enable the DSWT Keepers to quickly leap from the moving land cruiser and restrain the baby. The separation was done effectively and the little calf was wrapped, strapped and prepared for her flight to Nairobi while the rest of the team did an autopsy on the dead mother to confirm her cause of death. Her tusks, in the meantime, had been removed by the authorities. Roi was watched and cared for closely throughout the flight by the DSWT Keepers and given some tranquilizer to take the edge off what had been a traumatic and heartbreaking day for her. She arrived at the DSWT Nursery in Nairobi National Park and was a very robust baby from the outset not having been without mother’s milk for long and soon took to the bottle, which made things simpler. She was immediately comfortable and content amidst the older orphans who paid her attention and provided her with the elephant love and affection she craved and missed.
Little Roi settled in completely and is now extremely attached to her keepers, familiar with the routine and is playing once more and she appears to be genuinely happy.