Kiko's Story

On 19th September KWS Officer Bernard Rono, who heads the SWT-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 bedeviled by human wildlife conflict.

Kiko's Story

On 19th 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 bedeviled 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.

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.
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.

Make a donation in support of Kiko's protection and the care of all the orphans.

Kiko cannot be adopted at this time. Any donation you kindly choose to give using the option above will be directed to our Orphans' Project, supporting the care and long-term protection of all the orphans.

Make a donation in support of Kiko's protection and the care of all the orphans.

Kiko cannot be adopted at this time. Any donation you kindly choose to give using the option above will be directed to our Orphans' Project, supporting the care and long-term protection of all the orphans.

Current age

4 years old

Gender

Male

Rescued date

19 September 2015

Rescue Location

Meru Region, Meru National Park

Date of Birth (approximate)

13 September 2015

Reason Orphaned

Unknown

Age at Rescue

0 weeks old (approx)

Current Location

Other

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