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

Name Gender Date Born Location Found Age on Arrival Comments Reason for being Orphaned
 KILAGUNI  Male  Thursday, December 11, 2008 He was found near the Chyulu Gate, Chyulu Hills National Park  Approximately 5 to 6 months old  He had been attacked by a predator, we suspect a Hyena, with injuries to his tail and hind quarters and ears.  Reason Unknown 

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8/21/2014 - Seventeen wild elephants, a wild baby, Kibo and Kalama arrived at the stockade early before dawn and waited for the water trough to be filled. At six o'clock in the morning, the orphans took their milk and strolled nonchalantly out from the stockade. As they settled for Lucerne, Kibo, Kalama, the playful wild baby, his mother and sister joined them. The wild baby was chilled today and wasn't playful instead intend on taking flakes of Lucerne from his mother's mouth since she was piling lucerne in!

On the other hand the baby’s sister was giving Kanjoro a hard time as she tried to confiscate flakes of Lucerne that Kanjoro had in his trunk. Kanjoro was wise and opted to run away from her trouble. Later Kanjoro passed near the baby sniffed at him then went and settled near Bongo. Shukuru, Laragai, Garzi and Vuria did their final touches of scratching before eventually leaving for browsing. The orphans passed at the water trough where the wild elephants were taking water. On seeing the juniors with the keepers, the wild elephants stepped back giving way to the orphans and the keepers.

At the Kalovoto area the orphans browsed on shrubs. At mud bath time, only Kanjoro, Bongo, Mutara, Shukuru, Narok and Kainuk participated in the mud bathing exercise as the others watched from the banks of the mud wallow. Vuria opted to lie down under a tree for few seconds then woke up again. Soon after mud bath, Shukuru and Kainuk dusted themselves in red soil and later scratched against a nearby tree. The orphans later returned back to the browsing field where they occupied themselves in kicking grass to uproot and later putting it in their mouths to feed.

In the evening, Suguta with her sixteen member team, in the company of Kamboyo, reported for water at the stockade. Later, Lualeni with her small group of Tomboi and Ololoo checked in for water. At the time of leaving, Kilaguni joined Lualeni as Suguta and her group headed east.

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 Abdul prepares the antibiotic injection. Kilaguni
Abdul prepares the antibiotic injection.
photo taken on 5/22/2009
Kilaguni
photo taken on 5/22/2009

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: KILAGUNI (foster now)


The 22nd May 2009 saw the arrival of another little orphaned elephant into our Nairobi Nursery, this time a male of approximately 5 – 6 months of age, who had been found alone and wounded, having somehow survived an attack by a predator, possibly a lone hyaena, because had there been more than just one, he would certainly not have been able to survive a pack assault. He was flown to the Nairobi Nursery from the Kilaguni Lodge airfield in Tsavo West National Park, and has been named “Kilaguni” since the Chyulu Gate is not far from the Lodge.

The flight to Tsavo.  The rescued calf waits for the aircraft at the airstrip.

The Kilaguni airstrip.  Kilaguni still on the back of the vehicle.

Feeding Kilaguni.  Kilaguni surrounded by some of those who rescued her and the rescue team of Keepers.




He arrived in the Nursery just after dark on the 22nd, and by torchlight we were able to assess the extent of his wounds. His entire tail had been bitten off, leaving just a swollen stump at the base, with surrounding tooth punctures clearly visible. Bite sized chunks had been taken from both ears, and there were wounds on his back legs, some fairly deep. However, He was in fair physical condition, so had probably only been without his mother for a couple of days, and had probably been beside her body when the hyaena turned up to feed on the carcass, the fact that the carcass was there probably the reason why he managed to escape being killed. The reason for his being orphaned is not definitely known, but with the situation as it is today, one would be forgiven for making the assumption that it is likely to be as a result of poaching for ivory. Sadly this is becoming ever more commonplace throughout the country ever since the sale of the Southern African stockpiles, exacerbated by the presence of Chinese road construction workers in the country eager to acquire ivory, plus the down-turn in tourism which has impacted even further on revenue allocated for field operations. Persisting drought conditions following the failure of the long rains and the illegal intrusion of livestock into the Protected Areas competing with wildlife for food and introducing disease is another factor that impacts on the survival of elephants.

The rescue plane on the Kilaguni airstrip.  Abdul prepares the antibiotic injection.

The chunk out of Kilaguni's ear is evident in this photograph.

The calf was transported in the back of the KWS vehicle.  Hyena's had completly severed the calf's tail.jpg



Little “Kilaguni” was a remarkable 6 month old baby in that he was immediately loving to the Keepers, despite the pain of his wounds having to be cleaned and dressed, and the usual prophylactic injections he had to endure from day one. Desperately sucking on their fingers, and desperate for milk and water, there was no hint whatsoever of aggression or fear from the start, which in an elephant of that age is most unusual and usually cause for concern – too calm for comfort, as experience has taught us over the years. His stomach was in a mess so he was put on a course of antibiotics plus the usual Blockers and on day two, he was allowed to join the other Nursery elephants out in the bush, having made friends with Tassia, his next door neighbour at night in the adjoining partition of one of the stockades. We can only assume that having been through such a terrifying ordeal without the protection of his mother or the herd, subsequent events brought comfort and enormous relief to be handled with care and kindness once more, and more importantly find himself not alone in such a strange setting. The input of the other orphans is always what imparts most comfort to any Nursery newcomer.

Preparing Kilaguni for the flight

The young calf is prepared for the flight  The KWS officers and rangers involved in rescuing Kilaguni from near the Chyulu Gate.

Abdul takes down the details about Kilaguni's rescue.

Checking on Kilaguni during the flight.  Inside the rescue plane.jpg

Flying back to Nairobi over the Chyulu Hills with Mt. Kilimanjaro behind.

Kilaguni integrates with the other orphans at the nursery  Kilaguni taking a bottle of milk once in the Nairobi Nursery.


   

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