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It was a happy day for old buddies Ambo and Jotto. Jotto was the first one out of his stockade this morning, and he proceeded to Maxwellís gate. Max was still asleep at this stage because he had a long night of sharpening his horn and running around his stockade; since midnight the keepers had heard him doing this. Come 6am he was so exhausted he had decided to go for a nap in his bedroom. Jotto went to his gate to find him for some fun, but when he couldnít find him there he settled to eat his left over lucerne spilling through the gate instead, whilst he waited for the others to come out. Sattao, Tamiyoi and Emoli came out of their rooms but didnít join him. Sapalan came to join him but when he arrived, Jotto left. On his way Jotto saw Ambo standing by his door and he ran over to him shaking his head. There was a lot of welcoming and hugging and it appeared Ambo and Jotto were happy to see each other that morning! Sattao ran over to join them too and after their greetings, they decided to engage each other in a wrestling game as everyone else came out of their rooms.

Out in the forest Mbegu, Malkia, Ndotto, Ambo, Maramoja and Sana Sana were all crowded around a small bush. Mbegu emerged with a long big branch and it seems to have been a special plant, as she walked away with it and only allowed Ambo to share it with her. Tagwa approached her to share it with them but Mbegu was having none of it! She charged at her and walked away with the branch, so it must have been special indeed for the motherly figure not to even want to share it.

Just after 8 in the morning today, a very tiny baby arrived in a helicopter from the Masai Mara. She is very tiny and even smaller than Ndotto when he arrived at the Nursery, and she must be only 2 or 3 days old.

Ambo browses

Jotto happy to browse by himself

Emoli learning to browse


It was a bright morning for the babies as they came out of their stockades and headed out to the forest. They were all in a happy mood and very playful. Luggard, who has looked a bit dull these past few days, was at his best this morning. He engaged Jotto in a wrestling game and then they enjoyed a game of hide and seek in the bushes.
Today Tagwa went back to taking care of Sattao as well. When Tagwa moved away to take care of Maktao, Sattao didnít seem to mind as he is not the jealous type, and just moved to spend time with Mbegu, when Ambo was not around that is. Whenever we found him with Mbegu he was suckling on her ears. But today he was back under Tagwaís care which he seemed to be happy with.

Back in the stockades, Maxwell was very happy playing with the warthogs in his stockade, chasing them around.

Esampu, due to her behaviour recently, has graduated to the older herd during the public visiting time in the hope that the older females will teach her some manners, and discipline her whenever she is about to misbehave. It seemed to work and she was well behaved during visiting today. Whenever she moved around she bumped into the likes of Sapalan, and then Mteto, neither of whom would take any nonsense, so she was forced to comply and behave today.

Today Kiko did not seem to want to stay out with the elephants. He kept going out to them, staying a few minutes and then back to the stockades and by the afternoon he decided just to stay in the stockade compound completely and not walk out to join the orphans again. He might have smelt lions around which made him behave like that and want to stay in the safety of the stockades.

Luggard feeling a bit more energetic

Maxwell in his stockade

Mbegu with Esampu and Malima


With the ongoing drought across the whole country, ticks have become a real pest for the orphans and we work hard to control them. The application of coconut oil helps this, but new arrivals like Sapalan, Namalok, Sagalla and the little girl Kiasa are not yet used to this funny and unfamiliar procedure. Normally this application takes place on a Friday but to help control the ticks we decided to apply it today, a Wednesday, as well. The new arrivals were not at all pleased with the process and kept the keepers on their toes running all over the place to avoid the oil. In the end, they got the oil coating as well! Mapia joined the orphans later in the morning today as he is still not that well so he only joins them when they are not browsing too far away. After having his 9am milk feed with the rest of the orphans, he collapsed and was immediately set up on a drip. He got back to his feet later after a little rest and a few drips.
Naughty girl Esampu is still being mean to new arrival Kiasa. Today she walked up to Kiasa as she was enjoying some green browse at the mud bath and head butted her heard without warning. It was a big push and Kiasa yelled loudly which brought the attention of Tamiyoi, Godoma, Malima and Jotto. They ran over to Kiasa to help her and find out what happened, but by the time they got there Esampu has already moved away to browse innocently. It was only the keepers who saw was happened and they told Esampu off and moved her away from the herd in punishment.

Luggard decided on his own to return early to bed this afternoon around 4.30pm, and the keepers let him stay there before the others returned at 5pm.

Kiasa keeping distance from Esampu

Esampu after troubling Kiasa

Luggard returns home early


Today was baby Mapiaís first day to join the orphans in the forest. This crucial moment for Mapia came after public visiting. A small group of orphans were brought back to the stockades to accompany Mapia for her first time out to browse. Godoma, Mbegu, Jotto, Ambo, Maisha, Malkia, Tagwa, Malima, Ngilai, Mteto, Tamiyoi, Enkesha, Maramoja, Sana Sana and Murit all came back for the occasion. Mapia was very calm and he joined the other orphans, and as expected the matriarch Mbegu was most receptive to him - hugging and patting him with her trunk. Malkia joined Mbegu in escorting Mapia into the forest. Godoma kept touching the new baby from behind, as Tamiyoi, Jotto and Ambo fought amongst themselves to touch the new baby as well. When this group met up with the other orphans, Ngilai raised his ears and trunk to smell the new one. Ndotto did the same and then all the others took turns in coming to meet their new friend. As the others babies continued to greet Mapia, Rapa as usual was naughty and came over pretending to greet the little one but instead pushed him, causing him to stumble and yell for help. This annoyed Kauro and the big boy pushed his tusks into Rapa, who ran away to avoid further discipline.  

Mapia joins the others for browsing

Rapa after being disciplined

Tagwa and Maramoja arrive for the 5pm feed


As the orphans were walking out to the forest this morning, we watched as Tagwa showed her love and affection for little Sattao. Sattao didnít want to cross a stream of water and he started yelling as he saw all his friends cross to the other side. His yelling brought Tagwa running back and she carefully walked up beside him and kept close to him so that they could cross the water together. As they were reaching the other side, Tagwa stayed behind Sattao, gently nudging him forwards so that he could do the last bit. When he reached the other side he playfully ran towards his friends, with his adopted mother Tagwa following behind trumpeting with delight at seeing Sattao happy to rejoin his friends.

During the public visit today Jotto and Malima were really challenging each other. The keepers tried to separate them but without success. Jotto just head butted the ground in defiance and when he got up Malima came running over to push him. When Jottoís strength got too much for Malima she would run away from him towards the audience, who would step back and then she would turn and run back to Jotto again! It was very entertaining for all the visitors.

Sattao joins his friends after crossing the strea

Tagwa browses peacefully after helping Sattao

Malima walks to the mud bath




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