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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2/4/2018 - This morning the stockade dependant orphans teamed up in groups of friends and played games around the stockade compound before heading out to browse. It is quickly becoming quite dry and the orphan’s moved slowly making sure to get as much vegetation as they could until it was time for the noon milk feed and mud bath.

Today Panda introduced a dust bathing game while out in the fields and tried to entice the others to join her, but they were reluctant to do so as they were fixated on their browsing activities. The orphan herd visited the baobab mud bath in the afternoon in groups of five, downing their milk bottle before having a drink of water after which they enjoyed.

Laikipia came to join the juniors at the mud bath and they came running out of the water upon seeing him approaching as at first they did not know it was him. When they realized it was their Ex Orphan friend they came to greet him with Ndii and Ishaq-B getting particularly close. Later the dependent orphans returned to the browsing fields while Laikipia made his way to the Mzima Spring-Mombasa water pipe line area.

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

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


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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