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Quick Facts about  KIKO
 

Gender  Male Date of Birth  Sunday, September 13, 2015
Location Found  Meru National Park boundary
Age on Arrival  One week old
Comments on Place Found  Found all alone without his mother or other giraffes nearby
Reason for being Orphaned  Reason Unknown


On the 19th of September KWS Officer Bernard Rono, who heads the DSWT funded Meru mobile Veterinary Unit, reported having received a baby male reticulated giraffe estimated to be just one week old, which had been rescued by KWS rangers on the Meru National Park boundary. The fate of his mother remains a mystery, but the location where he was found happens to be an area bedevilled by human wildlife conflict.



He was flown to the Nairobi Nursery by Sky Vet, sparing him what would have been a gruelling and very hot seven to eight hour journey by road and being the first time our Keepers had been involved in the rescue of an orphaned giraffe, they were fully briefed about the necessity to ensure the giraffe’s head remained upright at all times throughout the flight. On this occasion the usual elephant-rescue tarpaulin had to be modified into a make-shift cradle and throughout the entire procedure the little giraffe was seemingly totally resigned to whatever lay in store for him.

With the vet team who rescued him  In the vet vehicle

The rescue plane on the airstrip  Waiting for the rescue plane

Carrying the orphaned giraffe  Keepers and vet team members with the baby giraffe

A keeper sitting in the shade with the baby giraffe  The cute baby giraffe

Preparing the baby giraffe for the flight  The baby giraffe in the tarpaulin ready for the flight

Sitting quietly with his neck sticking out, he calmly surveyed the scene, making no attempt whatsoever to break free as he was carried and loaded onto the plane. Airlifting him to Nairobi involved a one hour flight, thus sparing him the gruelling journey. Upon arrival at the Nairobi Nursery, he was still amazingly trusting and even affectionate, happy to fraternize with the men who had rescued him - the veterinary team, the pilot, the Keepers, or whoever else happened to be passing by.

Being loaded into the rescue plane  In the rescue plane

The rescue team  During the flight

On arrival at Wilson  Loaded in the back of the Trust pickup

Drinking some water  Out and about with Hassan

In the stockade a few days after rescue  In the stockade

Kiko being affectionate to Hassan  Getting some loving attention

He has been named Kiko a name from Meru National Park, and he is now very much in the Nursery fold, not only with the company of his Keepers whom he loves but also some feathered friends in the form of Pea and Pod and our two latest little elephant arrivals. Both Weiwei and Loboito love to spend time under his belly resting their trunks on his side and neck, which he happily tolerates. Kiko is extremely playful these days with limbs splaying in all directions he hurtles around the car park and in the open forested glades letting off steam.

Following a keeper out to the bush  At the Nairobi Nursery stockade compound

In the park with a keeper  Out in the bush

By Maxwells stockade  Out and about with the keepers and Loboito

Kiko out and about with Loboito following him  Loboito following Kiko

By the visiting area  Following a keeper back to the stockades



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