Lorigon


Sadly Lorigon passed away on June 27th, 2022. He shall forever remain in our hearts

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Lorigon's Story

Lorigon’s story began with a tiny set of tracks. Scouts from the Samburu Trust knew something was amiss when they spotted the lone footprints of a young elephant calf in the heavily frequented elephant corridor that runs between Isiolo and Laikipia. 

They tracked the baby for several days, but he remained elusive. With the area busy with livestock, people and passing elephant herds, it was challenging work. They would pick his tracks up at a water hole, where he would have had a furtive drink, only to evaporate into the bush.

Ultimately, however, Lorigon's condition caught up with him. On 1st February 2022, scouts found him lying in the shade of a small acacia tree. His strength ebbing away there as a distinct possibility that he would never get to his feet again in his weakened state. KWS greenlit a rescue, and we rushed to bring this baby to safety.


Lorigon's Story

Lorigon’s story began with a tiny set of tracks. Scouts from the Samburu Trust knew something was amiss when they spotted the lone footprints of a young elephant calf in the heavily frequented elephant corridor that runs between Isiolo and Laikipia. 

They tracked the baby for several days, but he remained elusive. With the area busy with livestock, people and passing elephant herds, it was challenging work. They would pick his tracks up at a water hole, where he would have had a furtive drink, only to evaporate into the bush.

Ultimately, however, Lorigon's condition caught up with him. On 1st February 2022, scouts found him lying in the shade of a small acacia tree. His strength ebbing away there as a distinct possibility that he would never get to his feet again in his weakened state. KWS greenlit a rescue, and we rushed to bring this baby to safety.

Given Lorigon’s remote location and precarious condition, we mounted an aerial rescue. A SWT helicopter flew to the scene, landing in the heart of Ol Malo. By this point, Lorigon was quite resigned, which made for a straightforward operation. He was loaded up and flown directly to Nairobi without incident. From there, the real challenges began. 

At about 19 months old, Lorigon was still very much milk-dependent. Several days without his mother’s milk had clearly taken their toll. While we will never know how he came to be orphaned, several lactating female elephants had died in the area, either from drought or the resulting human-wildlife conflict. Given the circumstances, we can safely assume that one of them was Lorigon’s mum.

On top of that, Lorigon was also weakened by the drought conditions. The lack of rain continues to cripple northern Kenya, taking its toll on all manner of creatures. Elephants must walk vast distances in search of food and water, and these treks are hard on little babies. Losing his mother could have been the final straw in Lorigon’s drawn-out demise.

Fortunately, he was spared such a fate. Lorigon came to us a shell, requiring plentiful IV drips to ply him back to life. While he was small and weak, he was very spunky. This is always a good sign, for it is very difficult to bring an elephant back from the brink if they do not want to save themselves. Drip by drip, milk bottle by milk bottle, he began to fill out and improve.

Today, Lorigon is doing very well. The Keepers report that he is totally settled with the other orphans and always looks so happy. He is quite shy by nature and often prefers to observe the action from the bushes. It makes sense that his best friends are Tingai and Lodo, who share his introverted yet kindly character. 

Date of Passing

27 June 2022

Gender

Male

Rescued date

1 February 2022

Rescue Location

Ol Donyiro

Date of Birth (approximate)

1 July 2020

Reason Orphaned

Drought related

Age at Rescue

19 months old (approx)

Passed away

27 June 2022

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Farewell to Lorigon

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The rescue of Lorigon

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Lorigon's Archival Photos

Lorigon on his own

Farewell sweet Lorigon

Lodo and Lorigon in the Park

Lorigon in the forest with the rest of the herd

Neshashi, Lorigon, Ziwadi and Sagateisa

Lorigon striking a pose at the mud bath

Lorigon and Sagateisa

Latika and Lorigon walking in the forest