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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 SIRIMON  Male  Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Marania Farm  1 year old  Found on Marania farm after slipping through the electric fence  Poaching 

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4/28/2018 - Mutara’s group and Laragai, Barsilinga, Kithaka, Garzi and Sirimon showed up in the morning. The group briefly settled for lucerne as they shared their night experiences. Kithaka and Lemoyian were showing a lot of interest in sticking close to the juniors and also the keepers; a behaviour which we are not used to seeing in them. They were very restless and apprehensive and we wondered what was wrong. Olsekki, Boromoko, Sokotei and Siangiki were missing from their group, but we suspect they are with Narok and Orwa. Enkikwe, who is on the road to recovery, joined the juniors and the ex-orphans outside and was welcomed by Suguta, Turkwel, and Kainuk who checked on his progress and left shortly after they were satisfied he was doing okay. Pare and Namalok waited in turns as they used one rock to scratch their bellies. Kanjoro had a light strength testing exercise with Garzi.

At around seven o'clock in the morning the day turned tragic when the decomposing body of Sokotei was found almost 2km south west of stockade. Sokotei was fleeing from lions that have become a threat to the existence of the young ex-orphans. Sokotei was fleeing back to the stockade for help and it appears Kithaka witnessed the incident since he is very frightened and is sticking close to the elephants and the keepers.

Mutara and her group appeared to have had a hint of what happened since they stayed with the juniors the whole day and gave comfort to Kithaka, Lemoyian, Barsilinga and Sirimon for losing one of their group members to lions. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in Kanziku area and in the evening Kithaka was leading to make sure they spent the night in the stockade too; the stockade that he and his friends had decided to leave of their own will just a few months ago.

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 Sirimon out in the bush Sirimon in the bush with the other nursery orphans
Sirimon out in the bush
photo taken on 10/22/2014
Sirimon in the bush with the other nursery orphans
photo taken on 10/22/2014

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: SIRIMON (foster now)


The 3rd week in October was turning out to be a busy one at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Hot on the heels of the rescue of little Wass and his two baby ostrich friends on the 15th October another call was received by the Trust on the 16th about a baby elephant in the Mount Kenya region. This baby was about 1 year old and was found wandering in the fields of Marania Farm close to the Mount Kenya elephant corridor.

The Mount Kenya wildlife corridor lies across Kisima and Marania Farms and has been a huge success, essentially re-linking the elephant populations of Samburu and Lakipia. Elephants that were once free to roam between habitats, but can no longer do so because of fencing and increased human development, can cause a huge amount of damage creating conflict with local communities therefore threatening their own survival. The electric fences of the Mount Kenya elephant corridor protect local communities from marauding elephants whilst enabling the elephants to migrate between two very diverse habitats in search of food, minerals and mates, and the Mount Kenya habitat provides a much needed dry season range for elephants . The corridor is approximately 14km long and opened in 2011. Initial worries that the elephants would be unwilling to use an underpass to cross the busy highway, linking Northern Kenya to the rest of the country, proved unfounded with the first elephant making the traverse within a month of opening. Hundreds of elephants were to follow in the subsequent months.

Getting ready to go for the rescue  The orphaned calf arrives and is met by the rescue team

Preparing the calf for the flight  The calf is strapped and ready to be loaded on the plane

About to load the calf into the rescue plane


The baby elephant that was found on Marania Farm was thought to have slipped between the electric fences which prevent the large adult elephants from entering the fields. It seems likely that his mother was killed by poachers as three weeks earlier a carcass of a lactating female elephant was found with its tusks removed. The calf probably managed to stay with the herd for a while, possibly managing to scrounge some milk from another mother as his condition is fairly good, before becoming separated. The herd was nowhere to be seen when the baby was finally spotted by the Marania scouts. The scouts alerted Lewa Wildlife Conservancy who in turn notified the Kenya Wildlife Service and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Immediately after DWST was notified about the baby a rescue plane and team was arranged to fly to Lewa airstrip to meet up with Dr. Mutinda, a KWS vet, and his ground team.

On the way home  In the pickup at Wilson

The calf loaded into the pickup at Wilson  The calf is placed in the stockade on arrival


Dr. Mutinda chose to anaesthetize the baby elephant and it was then transported by vehicle to Lewa airstrip where the KWS ground team met up with the DSWT rescue team. Once the elephant calf was loaded onto the aircraft and safely secured he was revived to ensure that he did not remain under anaesthetic for too long as this is never advisable with baby elephants.

Sirimon in the stockade  Sirimon a couple of days after rescue

Sirimon enjoying greens

The calf arrived at the Nairobi Nursery after dark and thankfully still looked in good condition. Amazingly he began to drink milk from a bottle that night and was clearly extremely ravenous. He tamed down quickly and it was only a few days before he was able to join the other orphans and assimilate into the Nursery group. We have called him Sirimon a fitting Mount Kenya name.

Sirimon out in the bush  Sirimon with the others

Sirimon in the bush with the other nursery orphans

   

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