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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 LAIKIPIA  Male  February 1999 Loisaba- Laikipia  1 Year old  Mother died for no known reason, although suspected as a drought victim in Loisaba  Drought Related 

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12/20/2017 - The first to arrive at the stockades this morning was Lesanju and Lempaute and went straight to the water trough for a drink. A few minutes after their arrival they were followed by Tassia and Mweya with Laikipia, Thoma and baby Thor coming in soon after. Thor enjoyed a scratching session against a rock and the group returned to the browsing fields after quenching their thirst.

The stockade dependant orphan elephants exited their stockades after the seven visiting Ex Orphans had left. They downed their milk and then headed to the browsing field where they fed in single file, visiting the baobab waterhole in the afternoon where they had fun playing mud bathing games. Bada went to the center of the pool where he rolled around in the water. Kenia admired his game for a few minutes before joining him. Ndii sat on the walls of the hole and slid into the water. The afternoon was spent browsing until it was time to return to the stockades for the night.

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 Laikipia sitting down next to the mud wallow
Laikipia sitting down next to the mud wallow
photo taken on 5/20/2005

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: LAIKIPIA (foster now)


A male calf estimated to be about 1 year old on arrival, therefore born February 1999. Another calf from Laikipia District in the North, orphaned when approximately 1 year old when his mother died during a very dry season, either from drought, sickness or even as a result of bullet wounds. Obviously, she had had very little milk for many months, because the calf was emaciated and skeletal when rescued. He arrived in the Nairobi Nursery in a pathetic condition in the late afternoon, extremely fearful of humans, but the input of "Lolokwe" calmed him immediately and within half an hour he was taking milk from a bottle. Astonishingly, by the next morning he was part of the Nursery group, out in the bush with the other elephants and their Keepers as though he had always belonged. However, not surprisingly the sudden intake of large quantities of milk triggered problems and we wondered whether he would have the reserves to cope, but he did. He is, indeed, lucky to find himself in a much safer home and with a much more secure future within a large protected area. His best friend and sparring partner is another young bull named "Salama" and these two babies romp happily together all day long.



He is a very gentle and loving little elephant, similar to Edo in temperament, sociable with all visitors, always eager to suckle a thumb, wrapping his trunk around a neck for comfort. Laikipia is a very forgiving little soul when one considers what his relatives have had to endure in Northern Kenya where poaching has long been, and still is, a serious problem.


   

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