Welcome to our interactive Keeper's Diary. This system allows you to find the latest information on the orphans you are interested in following. With our advanced search this can be completed with the touch of a few buttons. 

Search By Keyword:

As you have not selected an option or filtered by keyword all of the entries will be displayed. Please enter a keyword or select an orphan to narrow down your search.

Total Daily Entries found: 18500
Entries below from Page #2 of 3701 : From  6 - 10 
(To search the Summary for an overview of the nursery orphans from each month click here)




Mutara’s herd reported shortly up after the orphans were let out. Suguta walked to where Enkikwe was feeding on lucerne and with the use of her trunk, tried to touch Enkikwe's wound to find out how the boys healing process was going. Suguta herself understood the feeling when one is injured since herself has been a victim. Some years ago she was shot by an arrow and received injuries that made her return back to the stockades to nurse the wounds for a six good months. We thought perhaps Suguta was giving Enkikwe hope and wished him a quick recovery. Kauro settled to scratch his buttocks on the wall while Tusuja picked up a piece of stick that he used to scratch his chest with.

While they were browsing, Karisa had a light moment of fun by engaging Namalok in a pushing game. Later, the orphans were joined by few ex-orphans where Tusuja took the opportunity to test his strength by engaging Ololoo in a pushing game. At mud bath time, Lualeni, Sidai, Ololoo, Kitirua, Tumaren, Melia, Kandecha, Chemi Chemi, Kalama, Orwa, Bomani, Kibo and Naisula escorted the juniors for their eleven o'clock milk bottles, and thereafter mud bathed and soil dusted. In the afternoon, the herd settled to browse on the western side of Ithumba Hill, and the ex-orphans parted ways shortly before evening.

Karisa and Namalok

Suguta chekcking on Enkikwe

Orphans feeding on Lucerne


All the elephants came out of their rooms today looking ready for the new day. Zongoloni lead the way out to forest, with Jasiri holding Ngasha’s tail with his trunk, looking as if he might put it in his mouth to bite it. Ngasha felt Jasiri and knew right away what he was thinking, so he sped off into the bushes.

Murera and Sonje walked slowly with Shukuru, trying to keep an eye on her. They were with Mwashoti too and they wondered if she would be friendly with him, and maybe even adopt the little boys so that Mwashoti could have more caring mothers. Mwashoti is very loyal and is not a trouble maker. He is loved by all the matriarchs, whilst Lima Lima looks after the keepers, Alamaya and Zongoloni.

At the bottle feeding point, when the orphans finished their bottles, none of them wanted to wallow so they just drank some water and then walked over to the dust bath to play in the soil.

Jasiri and Ziwa playing

The matriarchs with the young boys

Shukuru scratching behind her ear


Today Maxwell woke up earlier than usual. He was seen to be quite restless and moving up and down in his large stockade. Dust filled the air as the blind orphan stamped his feet on the ground. Later as the keepers were leading the elephant orphans out to the forest, they noticed a herd of buffalo near Maxwell’s stockade, and we realized that was the reason why Maxwell was so unsettled and stamping around his territory. As the orphans made their way out, the buffaloes began to move slowly away into the bushes. Sana Sana, Tagwa, Malkia and Malima were in the front line and doing little mock-charges at the buffaloes. They trumpeted and stamped around in the bushes, raising their wars high to make themselves appear big to the retreating buffaloes. Jotto, one of the big boys in the Nursery, mock-charged with them as well. Mapia and Ambo, although not at the front, trumpeted and kicked to support their older friends. Maktao, Musiara and Luggard with his bad leg preferred to remain close to the keepers and watch from behind. 

Maxwell wide awake

Sana Sana

Tamiyoi and Jotto


The orphan elephants enjoyed their share of copra cake this morning following their milk feed. Lasayen then played a wonderful game of hide and seek with Murit which ended when Murit conceded defeat as he was tired of the game. Lasayen then engaged Godoma in a pushing game. Mbegu mistakenly thought the two were fighting and went to play peacemaker but finding nothing was wrong, she joined Ndotto and Ngilai for a game of rolling down the red earth piles. Ndotto left the other two playing and joined Tahri and Mudanda to socialize with them and get to know them a bit more.

Lentili, Nguvu and Bada led the orphan herd out to the bush with the orphans spreading out in the browsing field to enjoy the variety of vegetation they found. They then made their way to the baobab water hole, under Godoma, Mbegu and Ndotto’s leadership, where they enjoyed their milk bottle, some water and a mud bath. Murit has proven to be a mud bathing star and has a special love for water and enjoyed wallowing. Ndii and Tahri enjoyed rolling on the red earth piles before joining their friends for the afternoon browsing session which took place close to the waterhole.

Murit and Lasayen playing

Kenia walking to the Baobab water hole

Ndii and Tahri playing


Nasalot, Zurura, Loijuk, Ishanga, Bongo, Galana, baby Gawa, Nusu, Lualeni in the company of Olare, Makireti and Mutara’s groups joined the juniors for lucerne early in the morning when they were let out. Gawa challenged Rapa, who wasn't in the mood for playing pushing games and so pushed Gawa away. The little rascal Gawa then decided to walk over and challenge poor Enkikwe; simply because she thought Enkikwe had a bad leg and wouldn’t be able to defeat her. Enkikwe couldn't entertain such nonsense from this small calf as he saw it as an act of disrespect towards her seniors. Enkikwe smacked Gawa using his trunk! Gawa didn’t wait around to be smacked again and so ran away to join her mum.

We watched Galla challenge Kibo, but he ended up losing the pushing game to Kibo as Melia and Olare enjoyed a game of rolling on the ground. Shortly later, Maramoja led the way to the browsing field. Galana, who understood the importance of providing milk for her baby Gawa, carried a whole bale of lucerne stacked in between her trunk and tusks, which she continued to feed on as she slowly wandered off back into the Park. Galana is a good mother and knows that a time is fast approaching when her friends and herd members will regret ever playing around with the lucerne. The orphans settled to browse in Kone area as the ex-orphans left to go back out and browse. The afternoon was hot and the orphans tried to browse and feed under trees with good shade. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by Mutara’s group and they all enjoyed swimming to cool off. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in Kanziku area up to five o'clock in the evening when Maramoja led the first group back to the stockades.

Enkikwe pushing Gawa

Kanjoro charging





Page Navigation:      | Previous Page |      | Next Page |    

Search By Keyword:

View Keeper's Diary By Month

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust   P.O. Box 15555 Nairobi Kenya

Copyright © 1999-2018, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. All Rights Reserved. | Privacy Policy