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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KAMOK  Female  Saturday, September 7, 2013 Ol Pejeta Conservancy Laikipia  1 day  Walked into Kiparo Boma on Ol Pejeta Conservancy  Natural Causes 

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11/28/2016 - It was a sunny morning for the babies as they went out into the park today. Ukame will not leave the stockade now without first greeting her new neighbor Karissia. He struggles with the gate so hard though as he wants to be let out to join her, but it is still too early for him. Roi has also become particularly fond of Ukame recently and she has made it the norm in the morning so go to her stockade and see if she is there before going out to the forest. When she got to Ukame’s gate this morning, Ukame was already out and at Karissia’s gate. Roi approached his gate to greet them both. After a short while they left together and walked towards Maxwell’s stockade to share his Lucerne put there. They didn’t spent that much time there though, before heading out to the forest.

Tusuja and his friend Rapa were browsing a distance behind the group. When Tusuja saw Roi and Ukame approaching he raised his ears high and when they got closer Tusuja said hello to Roi as she passed by but when Ukame approached him he head butted her! Roi was very annoyed with Tusuja as she turned around to find Ukame on the ground yelling. She turned to discipline him and teach him not to hurt others and treat them with no respect. Kamok, Ngilai and Mbegu also came hurrying over to Ukame when they heard her shouting but by the time they arrived she had already helped herself to stand up. After driving Tusuja away, Roi went back to Ukame who was with the others now and together they went to join the rest of the herd.

Right after public visiting we received a call from our Voi unit who had located a calf whose mother had collapsed from old age and starvation. The rescue team left immediately and when they arrived in Voi they found an extremely thin young calf waiting for them. They brought this drought victim back to the nursery by 5pm and placed her in a stockade next to Wanjala. She is under a year old and we have called her Kuishi.

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 Kamok Sweet Kamok
Kamok
photo taken on 9/15/2013
Sweet Kamok
photo taken on 9/15/2013

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: KAMOK (foster now)


Early morning on Sunday the 8th September Angela Sheldrick received a call from Batian Craig about a new born calf that had apparently walked into Kiparo Boma on Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia. The calf was new born, very unstable on her legs, and in search of food and comfort. The mystery was that no elephants remained in the area.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust immediately mobilized a rescue team and flew to Ol Pejeta, a 40 minute flight from Nairobi. The calf was already waiting for the rescue team on the Ol Pejeta airfield having been transported there from Kiparo boma by Ol Pejeta Scouts. The DSWT Keepers immediately gave the hungry baby a bottle of milk and then prepared her for the journey home, ensuring that she was placed on a drip for the duration of the flight to boost her strength further.

The calf is given some rehydration fluid  The tiny calf with the keepers and her rescuers

At the airstrip before flying to Nairobi


On arrival at the Nursery it was clear that her limbs were compromised, with her joints not as strong as they should be, and we think this is the reason her mother and herd had abandoned her as she simply would not have been able to keep up with the herd. These difficult decisions have to be made in the wild and a herd cannot be encumbered by anything that may compromise the safety of the family as a whole in these difficult times. New born elephant calves need to be capable of traveling over 20 km just 24 hours after birth. We have seen this graphically illustrated with our ex orphans now living wild lives and have marveled at just want is expected from a newborn infant while observing their wild born babies. They have also taken them just days old deep into the waterhole and we have observed little Yetu just two days old completely out of her depth swimming across a filled waterhole.

Kamok standing in the doorway of her stockade  Kamok with Dame Daphne

Little Kamok  Kamok seeks comfort from her keeper



We called this calf Kamok, a name taken from Ol Pejeta Ranch. Given that her umbilical cord remained soft and fresh, and the pads on her feet where clean and hardly used and her ears petal pink we took the precaution of assuming this calf had never received her mothers colostrums and transfused plasma from a full grown healthy elephant into her tiny body to ensure she had some natural antibodies. This happened while she slept on a mattress covered in a blanket and slept, exhausted from her ordeal. On waking she took to her milk bottle immediately and followed trustingly all those around her. Very soon she latched onto her Keepers and security blanket that all infant baby elephants seem to love and get so much comfort from just like human babies. Her wobbly joints have thankfully grown stronger over time and she is now able to walk long distances following her Keepers.

Kamok having some milk in her stockade  Kamok playing with the blankets

Kamok getting ready for bed  Kamok lying down

Kamok sleeping


She joins the other orphans for periods of time, but while she loves their company she still prefers the company of her elephant Keepers at this early stage. She is extremely playful and loves play in the sand and red earth, and is curiously exploring everything around her as she learns to get better control of her tiny little trunk. She has started to do playful baby mock charges, and is simply enchanting, and all those who meet her fall completely and helplessly in love.

Kamok  Sweet Kamok

Kamok gets some love from Adan  Kamok running

   

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