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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9/22/2017 - It has become part of the normal routine for all the babies to assemble at Namalok’s and Sapalan’s stockades before heading out into the forest. Sana Sana, Malkia and Tagwa are usually the first three to pay the new arrivals a visit. However, this morning Mundusi and Mteto spoiled the morning’s interaction when they started fighting. Mteto then also fell out with Kuishi when she tried to snatch a branch from her mouth. Eventually Kauro took control of the situation and he didn’t care who started the fight, he stopped it by taking the branch away and disciplined them all, sending them off in different directions. Meanwhile at Namalok’s gate Mundusi was having a rough time with Ndiwa. Again it was all about browse, and Maramoja stepped in and took the branch away but handed it to Ndiwa and drove away Mundusi. All the fighting resulted in less time for interaction with the new babies and it was soon time to leave them behind and go into the forest.

Today Kiko joined the elephants in the field early in the morning. Malkia and Ngilai tried to push him away from the herd but he kept dodging them by running around the bushes and coming back. He was in a very naughty mood and when a documentary film crew arrived the keepers had a hard time controlling him. He must have seen them coming from a distance and immediately came over and started chasing them around. He wouldn’t listen to his keepers commands and then started trying to kick the smallest elephants! That was when Mbegu, Godoma, Ndotto and Esampu intervened and charged him, trumpeting all the while. Eventually they managed to chase him away and the keepers were thankful for the older orphans help!

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 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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