Kiko the giraffe was an orphan who was raised by hand at a nursery in Nairobi. While he was well taken care of, his species, reticulated giraffe, do not live in Nairobi National Park. Sheldrick Wildlife Trust wanted him to live among his own kind especially since he will eventually be released back into the wild. At Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Sirikoi, he could do that. The way he was transferred was a beautiful sight to see, especially because of all the care that went into his translocation.
As can be seen above, the staff was very careful about how to set up his crate for the journey. He had ample space in his crate to turn around and look around as he pleased.
When he arrived at his new home, Kiko explored and grazed happily. He even met his stockade mate, an 8-year-old giraffe of his same species named Nditu. While she was shy at first, she became accustomed to him and now they enjoy each other’s company.
Angela Sheldrick, CEO of Sheldrick Wildlife Trust said: “It is so heart-warming to see how quickly their bond is forming, even in just the few days that Kiko has been at Sirikoi. He is finally hanging out with his own kind and appears to be loving every minute of it. It will be some time before he is ready to lead a fully wild life but, in the coming years, it is our hope that Kiko and Nditu will choose to join the ranks of large numbers of reticulated giraffes that live here. In the meantime, he will be enjoying life in his beautiful new home.”
According to DailyMail, “The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust operates the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world, caring for younger orphaned wild animals including elephants at their Nursery in Nairobi National Park.” With all the care that went into his time at the nursery and his translocation, he is clearly in great hands. And the best part is that one day he’ll be able to live in the wild with more of his own kind.
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