The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: KIBO  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KIBO  Male  Thursday, January 15, 2009 Amboseli, on community lands near the Sinya Mines close to the Tanzanian border  Approximately 2 weeks old  He was trapped in a shallow well dug for cattle, when discovered by two Masaai and rescued by The Amboseli Elephant Research Project at 9.00pm on the 7th Feb. He had obviously been trapped in there for a long time for his ears were extremely sunburnt.  Man Made Cause for Separation 

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9/27/2018 - It was a quiet cloudy morning and only Naisula, Murka, Kibo and Kitirua were the guest elephants to visit the stockades. Two buffaloes checked in a little later. Kithaka tried to charge at one of the buffaloes but the buffaloes stood their ground. The buffaloes only left after quenching their thirst. After feeding on the lucerne pellets, the orphans passed by the water troughs, to arm themselves with enough water that would see them through the morning. The junior ex-orphans accompanied the orphans to the browsing field and spent the entire morning browsing together. Murka settled to browse with Karisa as Kibo took on the role of “trainer” showing Wanjala and Tusuja some pushing skills. The independent and slow Sapalan teamed up with Enkikwe while Esampu settled to browse with Maramoja. At 11am, the temperatures dropped slightly and only Taita joined the orphans at mud bath. Once the orphans had their milk and water, they opted out of wallowing due to cold weather. On the way back to the browsing field, Karisa engaged Namalok in a strength testing game that ended as soon as Tusuja intervened by separating the two boys. Sapalan enjoyed a brief soil dusting exercise as he slowly made his way to catch up with his friends.
As the sun started to set, we watched with great joy and pride, Lualeni walk into the stockade with hew new baby girl! Lualeni was accompanied by two wild boys. An hour later, there was trumpeting and bellowing of happiness and celebrations as Lualeni‘s friends arrived to congratulate on her first baby! It was a great end to the day!

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 Kibo in the forest at the Nairobi National Park nursery.jpg Aloe Vera is applied to his sunburnt ears.jpg
Kibo in the forest at the Nairobi National Park nursery.jpg
photo taken on 2/16/2009
Aloe Vera is applied to his sunburnt ears.jpg
photo taken on 2/5/2009


Mt. Kilimanjaro, towering over the Masai Amboseli ecosystem from on the Tanzanian side of the border, used to be in Kenya, but was given to the German Kaiser by Queen Victoria in the l800’s when what is now independent Tanzania was German East Africa was known as Tanganyika! Kenyans feel pretty sore about this now!

Mt Kilimanjaro as seen from the rescue plane en route to collect the calf.jpg

The elephant Keepers going on Kibo's rescue walk across the apron on the airfield to the waiting plane to fly them to Amboseli.jpg  Below maasai manyattas are seen scattered below in a barren landscape.jpg

As the highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro is a picturesque and dominant feature of the East Afrcian landscape, the backdrop to iconic images of Amboseli’s famous elephants. Dome shaped like a huge Christmas pudding with a thin layer of snowy icing on the top, today the snowline of its summit is receding rapidly which is very worrying since it is snow melt that fuels the swamps of Amboseli National Reserve and allows it to support a vast array of life, including some l,000 very famous elephants, up until now the only population in Africa that still has its family units more or less intact. However, now even these are under threat with the increased poaching caused by the increased price of ivory since the advent of Chinese road workers. With the melting of Kilimanjaro’s snowline the water levels of the swamps have risen recently, but when the snow disappears entirely, the swamps will dry, and Amboseli will revert to a barren dry lake bed, jeopardizing its very survival as a wildlife spectacle.

First the calf is prepared on the stretcher.jpg  The calf was waiting on the airstrip with the men who had rescued him the night before.jpg

Kibo and the KWS men responsible for saving him from the well.jpg  The Keepers and the baby orphan

Kibo and the Keepers at Amboseli.jpg  Stephen helps direct operations.jpg

On arrival our Keepers are able to ensure he has a milk feed before his flight back to Nairobi.jpg

Mt. Kilimanjaro is a volcanic mountain with three cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Of these the summit of Kibo is the highest point towering 5,895 metres (or l9,340 ft). above sea level rising from the surrounding terrain that is only 2,500 ft.

In the Masai country at the foot of Kilimanjaro is a rocky well dug to serve cattle belonging to the pastoral Masai people of the area – in fact the same well that orphaned 6 month old Mawenzi on the 29th January and which now has wrested another 3 week old baby bull calf from his elephant mother and family just 8 days later on the 6th February.

The pilot prepares the rescue stretcher matress and straps for the flight.jpg  First the calf is prepared on the stretcher.jpg

The baby is prepared for the flight  Packaged for the flight

This baby bull who has been named “Kibo” was discovered in the well by Masaai elders who reported his predicament to the Amboseli Elephant Research Project . The calf was rescued from the well at 9.00pm, and was taken to the Amboseli Elephant Research Project Headquarters for the remainder of the night and there he was given water and covered in a blanket and watched over all night. Very early the next morning the Trust was called and a rescue plane and team mobilised. In the meantime the calf was driven to the Amboseli airstrip where he was able to warm up in the early morning sun as they waited for the plane to arrive. The Keepers were able to feed him some milk before preparing him for the flight back to Nairobi.

Estimated to be about two to three weeks old, Baby Kibo was in good physical shape on arrival, but for extensive bruising on his back, almost identical to that on the back of Mawenzi. Obviously a priority is to try and sort out that well so that elephant calves that fall in can get out, and this is being addressed.

Loaded for the flight.jpg

The Trust's latest newsletter is enjoyed by those involved in Kibo's rescue.jpg  The rescue team.jpg

Estimated to be about two to three weeks old, Baby Kibo was in good physical shape on arrival, but for extensive bruising on his back, almost identical to that on the back of Mawenzi. Obviously a priority is to try and sort out that well so that elephant calves that fall in can get out, and this is being addressed.

Kibo on board the plane.jpg  Throughout the flight the team offer comfort to their latest charge.jpg

The rescue pickup meets them at Wilson airport to unload the calf.jpg  The baby in the back of the pick up safely at the nursery.jpg

Aloe Vera is applied to his sunburnt ears.jpg  Little Kibo needy of his Keeper.jpg


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