The following is information on the giraffe Orphan named: KIKO  (foster now)

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KIKO  Male  Sunday, September 13, 2015 Meru National Park boundary  One week old  Found all alone without his mother or other giraffes nearby  Reason Unknown 

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Most Recent Keeper's Diary Entry: (view all the latest entries for KIKO)

10/30/2018 - This morning was misty and then it started to drizzle. By mid-morning it was full on raining. Most of the babies were enjoying the rain but a few of them decided to take cover under some trees. Dololo, Mukkoka and Merru are not very strong enough to withstand the bad weather so they were led back to their rooms and provided with greens to browse on. Kiko decided to make his own way back to the stockades as well and stand in his own room too! The rainy weather however is certainly Maxwell the rhinos favourite and he was rolling on the heaps of soil in his stockade and running up and down, his whole body caked in mud. Kiasa was in a very calm mood again today, and remained sandwiched between Ndiwa and Malkia. Sattao and his good friend Musiara were enjoying the body warmth of the Nursery matriarch Tagwa, who took cover from the rain beneath some trees. The chilly and rainy weather seemed not to bother the two good friends and age-mates Ambo and Jotto however, and they braved the rain whilst playing in a ‘push and pull’ fight. Ambo was a bit more boisterous in the game, compared to Jotto who known to be more polite, earning him the title of ‘little mellow boy’ from the Keepers.

The Two Latest Photos of KIKO: (view gallery of pictures for KIKO)

 Out and about with the keepers and Loboito Kiko out and about with Loboito following him
Out and about with the keepers and Loboito
photo taken on 10/3/2015
Kiko out and about with Loboito following him
photo taken on 10/3/2015

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: KIKO (foster now)


On the 19th of September KWS Officer Bernard Rono, who heads the DSWT funded Meru mobile Veterinary Unit, reported having received a baby male reticulated giraffe estimated to be just one week old, which had been rescued by KWS rangers on the Meru National Park boundary. The fate of his mother remains a mystery, but the location where he was found happens to be an area bedevilled by human wildlife conflict.



He was flown to the Nairobi Nursery by Sky Vet, sparing him what would have been a gruelling and very hot seven to eight hour journey by road and being the first time our Keepers had been involved in the rescue of an orphaned giraffe, they were fully briefed about the necessity to ensure the giraffe’s head remained upright at all times throughout the flight. On this occasion the usual elephant-rescue tarpaulin had to be modified into a make-shift cradle and throughout the entire procedure the little giraffe was seemingly totally resigned to whatever lay in store for him.

With the vet team who rescued him  In the vet vehicle

The rescue plane on the airstrip  Waiting for the rescue plane

Carrying the orphaned giraffe  Keepers and vet team members with the baby giraffe

A keeper sitting in the shade with the baby giraffe  The cute baby giraffe

Preparing the baby giraffe for the flight  The baby giraffe in the tarpaulin ready for the flight

Sitting quietly with his neck sticking out, he calmly surveyed the scene, making no attempt whatsoever to break free as he was carried and loaded onto the plane. Airlifting him to Nairobi involved a one hour flight, thus sparing him the gruelling journey. Upon arrival at the Nairobi Nursery, he was still amazingly trusting and even affectionate, happy to fraternize with the men who had rescued him - the veterinary team, the pilot, the Keepers, or whoever else happened to be passing by.

Being loaded into the rescue plane  In the rescue plane

The rescue team  During the flight

On arrival at Wilson  Loaded in the back of the Trust pickup

Drinking some water  Out and about with Hassan

In the stockade a few days after rescue  In the stockade

Kiko being affectionate to Hassan  Getting some loving attention

He has been named Kiko a name from Meru National Park, and he is now very much in the Nursery fold, not only with the company of his Keepers whom he loves but also some feathered friends in the form of Pea and Pod and our two latest little elephant arrivals. Both Weiwei and Loboito love to spend time under his belly resting their trunks on his side and neck, which he happily tolerates. Kiko is extremely playful these days with limbs splaying in all directions he hurtles around the car park and in the open forested glades letting off steam.

Following a keeper out to the bush  At the Nairobi Nursery stockade compound

In the park with a keeper  Out in the bush

By Maxwells stockade  Out and about with the keepers and Loboito

Kiko out and about with Loboito following him  Loboito following Kiko

By the visiting area  Following a keeper back to the stockades


   

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