Kiko, the now one-month-old baby giraffe, was found lost and abandoned Kenya’s Meru National Park at just a week old. Kiko was far too small to survive on his own. He was incredibly fortunate to have been rescued and brought to the fantastic folks at the The David Scheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT)
Loboito the baby elephant also featured in this video arrived at DSWT last week. He too was an orphan at a very young age. It is difficult to say what happened to his mother or to the rest of his herd. We are certain that without the help of DSWT he would have died alone in the wild.
When Loboito saw Kiko roaming about, it was love at first sight! These two adorable babies are now best of friends and reported to be so inseparable that Kiko is even sleeping with the baby elephants…for now at least. He will soon outgrow that area. With the love and support of the amazing people working for DSWT, these two babies will have a have a chance to grow together and eventually be released back into their natural habitat, proving how essential DSWT is to Africa’s conservation efforts.
Their early struggles are no doubt incredibly tragic. However, they have found love, friendship and another shot at life in the wild at DSWT’s orphan sanctuary. This animal sanctuary in Nairobi, Kenya is home to a large number of orphaned baby elephants, giraffes and rhinos. All of these animals are the unfortunate victims of Africa’s brutal wild animal poaching trade. Poaching poses a major threat to all of Africa’s Wildlife and has brought many species to the brink of extinction. Which is why the work that they are doing at DSWT is so important.