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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KAURO  Male  Thursday, January 2, 2014 Sera Conservancy  One month old  Found fallen down a well used to water livestock  Well Victim 

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3/31/2018 - The rains appear to have taken a break for now. The sky was clear today indicating a hot day ahead. The orphans were joined by Narok and Laragaiís groups. Narok took Naseku and Ukame a distance away from the rest of the group. The trio fed together as they shared private girl talks until Tusuja decided to approach them. As Tusuja got closer, he was warned by Narok to keep away. Tusuja went back and teamed up with Galla, Wanjala and Kauro, all boys, to roll around on the ground. Kauro engaged Tusuja in a light pushing game while Tusuja was still on ground. Later Galla engaged him in strength testing exercise that ended in a draw. Shortly after, Galla used Tusuja as a scratching post to scratch his ears on. As the time for mud bath drew closer, Rapa, Namalok and Karisa couldn't be traced. The three boys had managed to dodge the keepers. The keepers divided themselves into two groups; one took the orphans to the mud bath while the other tracked down the missing trio. Shortly later the three boys were found feeding without seeming to care whether they were supposed to go to the mud bath or not. The keepers took them to stockade to have their share of milk before walking them to reunite with their friends out in the bush.

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 Kauro twisting his trunk Kauro sniffs at the camera
Kauro twisting his trunk
photo taken on 5/10/2014
Kauro sniffs at the camera
photo taken on 5/9/2014

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: KAURO (foster now)


Kauro came to the Trust on January to on the 30th of January after a report from Sera Conservancy via the Lewa Conservancy about a rescued elephant calf. This approximately 1 month old calf had fallen down a well in Sera, and was fortunate enough to be rescued in time, although not before a jackal or small predator had bitten the off the tip of his trunk.

Sera forms part of the rangeland of the Samburu, Borana and Rendille tribes in Northern Kenya. These communities are primarily pastoralists, but Sera has important populations of many wildlife species too, including elephants. It was one of the wells used to water livestock that this tiny calf fell into and was later found by Sera Rangers and casual workers involved in trying to establish a Rhino Sanctuary under the auspices of the Northern Rangelands Trust. Since it was already too late for a rescue plane from Nairobi, he spent the night at Kisima Hamisin before being driven to the Kauro Security Camp at Sera H.Q. the next morning, there to await the arrival of the rescue plane.

The calf arrives at the airstrip  The calf on the tarpauline

  The calf's injured trunk

The DSWT rescue team was sent to Sera in northern Kenya where Samburu tribesmen waited with the tiny calf on the bush airstrip. They landed late morning, and the baby was first fed before being prepared for flight and loaded onto the Cessna Caravan readied for the one hour flight back to Wilson airport in Nairobi. Although very young, possibly only about two weeks old, he was a large calf, dwarfing the other babies in the Nursery, despite them all being older.

Kauro sucking a keepers thumb  Kauro having green clay applied

Injured trunk with green clay  Lying down

Little Kauro exhausted after a couple long days

His damaged trunk was a challenge as not only was the tip severed altogether but he had a number of holes in his trunk from the predatorís teeth which were very painful. He also soon developed a terribly sore mouth, obviously from when he was rubbing against the rough well walls while trapped. It was not long before he succumbed to a bad bacterial infection from the effects of being submerged in water, but thankfully he pulled through his course of antibiotics and remained feeding well throughout this very difficult time, and slowly his wounds healed. Despite losing condition his healthy appetite ensured that he soon regained condition and very much became a part of our infant herd, pampered by tiny Kamok and Ashaka. Of course the older orphans love spending time with the babies, imparting warmth and love, but these infants become terribly hooked on their Keepers and Kauro was no different.

Having a drink of milk  Snuggling up to the blanket

Kauro by his blanket  Kauro's injured trunk a couple of days after rescue

Kauro resting his trunk in a keepers hand  Kauro

Kauro relaxing  Resting

Kauro giving a hug to another little ele  Babies heading out

After about six weeks in the Nursery he began the dreaded teething stage, and this fraught time spanned a couple of months in Kauroís case before his four first molars were safely through. Kauro had many challenges to overcome which is why we have taken so long to place him on the fostering program, but we sincerely hope he is now well on his way.

Kauro out in the bush  Kauro following a keeper

Kauro out and about  Sweet Kauro

Kauro coming down the rocks  Kauro sniffs at the camera

Kauro twisting his trunk

   

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