Rescued at just a few days old, he is now safely in the care of our Elephant Orphanage but for our elephant keepers, feeding Kili is providing a little more difficult than the orphan elephants they're used to!
For one thing, adult males grow to 5.5 meters (over 18 feet) in height and despite Kili being just days old, our keepers need to clamber high up on the stockade partitions in order to get the bottle at the appropriate angle so that it feels natural for him. We're currently making a special mobile feeding ladder as he's going to continue to grow even taller!
In the wild, baby giraffes endure a particularly rude welcome into the world by falling more than 1.5 meters (5 feet) to the ground at birth. These infants can stand in half an hour and run with their mothers an incredible ten hours after birth.