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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9/22/2016 - Just one day out seems to have been enough for the keepers to win Malkiaís trust! This morning she hardly wanted to leave their side at all, she kept walking away slightly then coming back to ask for a finger to suckle on. Luggard became slightly jealous and pushed her away when she was suckling on a keeperís finger close to him. She turned to defend herself though, showing Luggard that she had as much right to be there as him!

Wanjala seems particularly close with Malkia and follows her around everywhere. Often they are seen linking trunks and communicating. Because of Malkia being a new arrival, Mbegu did not want to join the others out deeper in the forest. She stayed browsing beside the group of little ones who stay near the keepers. She watched every step that Malkia made, with Wanjala always close behind, all the time. Roi seemed to have handed over this torch of guardianship to Mbegu as she was in the group that was browsing deep in the thicket. She had been there for some time before she suddenly seemed to remember and she came out running to find the new little one. By that time Malkia was with Tamiyoi, Wanjala and Luggard beside the keepers. Mbegu has gone to attend to Jotto who was complaining after his blanket had got stuck on the branches of a low tree. When she spotted Roi she quickly pulled Jotto out and ran over back to where the babies were; it was as if she didnít want Roi around Malkia. She started pushing Malkia to walk away from the group but Roi kept following them. Malkia remained calm the whole time and even went down for the private viewing and had lots of fun bathing in the mud bath and dusting in the red soil. Kamok teamed up with Maramoja to prevent Pea the ostrich from drinking water from the same trough as them, but they were stopped by a keeper and Pea was allowed to have some water.

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


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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