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12/30/2018 

Since we have had a break from the rains over the past few days, the temperature has soared and it has become really hot. All their babies have enjoyed playing in the mud bath recently as a result. At public visiting time today the orphans drank their bottles in a hurry and rushed into the water hole, everyone that is except for Dololo who did not look interested in having a bath, and that is perhaps because he needs to get his strength up. Instead he lightly sprinkled water on his body using his trunk, directly onto his body. Enkesha, Musiara, Emoli and Maisha were the first to get into the muddy pool, submerging their bodies as they enjoyed the bath. Kiasa, as usual, always wants everyone to notice her and she began splashing the muddy water with her trunk and then sucking and spraying over her back, some of which reached the visitors behind, dotting them with muddy splashes! 

Enkesha running to the 9am feed


Oprhans at the 9am feed


Orphans explore the forest

12/28/2018 

The day started as usual with the orphans leaving their stockades just after 6am. It was a chilly day so the latest arrivals in the Nursery Mukkoka and Dololo wore their blankets to ensure they were kept warm. As it is her role in the Nursery as matriarch, Tagwa led the orphans out to browse in the nearby bushes. She had Mukkoka on one side of her and Maktao on the other. Kuishi, who is becoming more motherly recently, kept the skinny Dololo by her side too. Luggard and his next door neighbor and friend Musiara were trailing behind, slowly following the others while Luggard took little breaks to give his bad leg a rest. Musiara just used the opportunity of a break to stop and browse from the nearby bushes. Neither the Keepers nor the other orphans seemed to notice that Tamiyoi had dodged the group and had made her way back to the stockades! She went to try her luck finding some of Maxwell’s leftover pellets, she loves these so much! Her joy at stealing these from Maxwell was short lived however as a Keeper bumped into her on his way back out to the forest. She trumpeted loudly in protest at being caught, as she was escorted back out to the forest. 

Tagwa leading the orphans to the forest


Luggard making his way slowly to the 9am feed


Maxwell enjoying the morning sun

12/25/2018 

The day began as usual and was just like any other day. The orphans moved through the forest in the company of their Keepers and because it was a sunny day all the orphans were happy and seemed to enjoy the morning. The weather was so nice and the temperature so favourable, that the newest arrivals Dololo and Mukkoka did not even need to wear blankets. Musiara was enjoying the sunshine the most, and stood basking in an open area. He then decided to roll on the ground and lie with his feet in the air, making the most of the warmth. Maktao, who is always close to his beloved Keepers, was busy dusting his body with loose soil. Tagwa, Kuishi, Tamiyoi, Sagala and Jotto were not as interested in warming themselves, and chose instead to browse from the nearby leafy trees. Enkesha joined Maktao to dust as well. Soon, Kiko decided to join the follow the elephants and he was browsing from every tree he came across. Malima, who is always so playful, was mock-charging a group of impalas who were close by, and Emoli and Sattao were busy chasing some warthogs who were passing by – it was a very jovial and happy festive day. 

Dololo enjoying the sunshine


Musiara took advantage of the sun


Jotto spraying water with his trunk

12/23/2018 

The weather was cloudy and windy today as the orphans started to make their way out to the forest this morning. Dololo and Mukkoka wore blankets as usual in the colder weather. Sattao, Musiara, Maktao and the playful boy Emoli made sure they were sandwiched between the bigger orphans for warmth. Emoli was trying to keep close to Jotto but Jotto wasn’t in a good mood and didn’t want the babies around him and he ended up pushing poor Emoli. This irritated Sagala who was standing close by and she fought back for Emoli.

The orphans were all browsing from nearby bushes as the Keepers were having their tea and breakfast. Ambo, Tamiyoi and Mapia browsed a short distance away from the others and the Keepers were unaware of their motive, which was actually to sneak off. The sneaked behind the Keepers’ backs and disappeared into the thicket, only to emerge some time shortly before the 9am milk feed. As the babies were enjoying their milk, Kuishi, who had already finished hers, was spotted looking around for any milk that had spilled into the wheelbarrow or that was left in the empty bottles, and was sucking up any that she found as she finds her milk formula so delicious.
 

Emoli browsing with the older orphans


Kuishi walking back to the 9am feed area


Tamiyoi enjoying the lush green grass

12/20/2018 

When the orphans like to go deeper into the forest, Luggard will always like to stay behind. He will go as far as the distance he is comfortable covering, and then will stop and browse on the bushes in that place with a Keeper for company. This morning it was a wet one and there was a lot of soft green vegetation everywhere, so he felt no real need, considering his bad leg, to waste lots of energy accompanying the herd on their long walks. Sometimes some of the babies want to stay and keep him company too. Today Maktao didn’t want to leave Luggard’s side.

Dololo is improving so much and his relationship with Mukkoka is growing too – these two always seem to be together. Dololo is starting to put on weight and his general interaction with the herd is improving. Mukkoka loves hanging around the older elephants too, and especially keeps tracking down Sagala, who doesn’t seem to have much interest for the younger ones! Sattao is a good friend to Dololo as well, and also happens to be his neighbour in the stockade compound. Today Sattao spent most of his time together with Dololo, Mukkoka and Sagala.
 

Luggard enjoying the soft green vegetation


Sagala happy for Mukkoka to join him


Dololo with the older orphans

 

 

 

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