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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KITHAKA  Male  Saturday, November 12, 2011 Imenti Forest  Approximately 1 week old  He wandered into a village adjacent to the Imenti Forest  Panic Separation / Stampede 

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12/31/2016 - Soon after leaving the stockade, the orphans headed straight to the browsing field. Barsilinga and Garzi started their day activities by engaging each other in a pushing game, as Bongo settled to feed with Sirimon while Orwa teamed up with Kamok. Later, Barsilinga quit playing with Garzi and moved to play with Laragai as Kithaka tried to win against Lemoyian in a pushing game. Tusuja, Kauro and Naseku arrived shortly before ten o'clock in the morning from the nursery to join their three other friends. Soon after being offloaded, the three new babies were joined outside by Kamok, Oltaiyoni and Roi. Oltaiyoni exchanged greetings with Kauro as Kamok appeared totally unconcerned with her friends! Boromoko had a light pushing game with Naseku as Barsilinga tried to familiarize himself with Kauro. Olsekki moved to Naseku and tried to take grass from her mouth, something that didn't make Naseku very happy and so she moved away from Olsekki. Tusuja met with Boromoko and defended himself fiercely when Boromoko tried to push him. At the browsing field, Vuria engaged Bongo in a pushing game while Garzi played with Enkikwe. Later in the day, Bongo and Boromoko settled for a soil dusting exercise while Garzi quit playing with Enkikwe to play with Barsilinga. In the evening, the orphans passed by the mud bath where Naseku, Kauro and Tusuja really enjoyed a cooling mud bath since the heat had become too much for them. Narok kept herself so close to Naseku and kept on following her wherever she was feeding.

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 Kithaka and Zoom Out in the forest with the others
Kithaka and Zoom
photo taken on 12/7/2011
Out in the forest with the others
photo taken on 12/3/2011

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: KITHAKA (foster now)


This tiny newborn male calf was orphaned during the morning of 20th November, 2011, apparently left by his mother when she and her herd were chased out of an area of human settlement near the Ruiri outpost in the lower Imenti Forest. The calf wandered into an adjacent village searching for company from whence KWS Rangers rescued him. Due to the terrain and dense forest conditions reuniting him with his herd would prove impossible, so we were contacted by the Senior Warden Mount Kenya with the news of a rescue. The calf was transported to the Lewa airfield so that he could be airlifted from there to the Nairobi Nursery, arriving in torrential rain, well after dark.

Flying over the tea plantations en route to Lewa from Nairobi  En route to Lewa from Nairobi

Lewa Downs  A tiny form on the airstrip.jpg

The tiny calf is given some milk before the flight to Nairobi.




This baby is tiny, no more than, and possibly even less, than a week old on arrival, the hind side of the ears soft and petal pink and the umbilicus newly detached. We hope that he has been able to ingest her first Colostrum milk to trigger his natural immune system. He has been named Kithaka the Meru word for forest. He is a real character, larger than life and full of attitude and, of course, is absolutely adored by the older orphans in the Nursery.

Wrapped up safely for the journey.  Safely in the plane.j

  Protective hands

Peter on the flight  Keepers Peter and Sammy.jpg

Safely at the nursery.  Kithaka being tucked up

Kithaka in his stable.jpg  Out in the forest with the others

Kithaka and Zoom

   

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