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Kiko has been in the stockade area for some time now due to the regular presence of lions, but today he was escorted out to the forest when it seemed he was beginning to grow restless at being kept inside. We are not sure it is because he was happy to be in the forest or just because he was being naughty, but he caused havoc all morning for the keepers and elephant orphans. He came over to the elephant babies when they were having their 9am milk bottle and started chasing everyone around – both elephants and keepers. Some of the orphans were scared of him and ran away on fear, not even wanting to come to the feeding point. Mundusi, Jotto, Kuishi, Sagala, Maisha, Ndiwa and Lasayen were just watching from a distance as Kiko ran around and kicked his legs out. It was not until Ndoto, Mbegu and Shukuru arrived at the scene that things started to calm down. Ndotto confronted Kiko whilst coming for a bottle but Kiko did not give way to him; this was apparently a test between height and strength! Mbegu and Shukuru stepped in to help Ndotto drive Kiko away from the area and they won in the end, chasing him all the way back to the stockade area before returning to have their milk. It was a relief for both the orphans who had not had their milk yet, and the keepers as well as Kiko is getting so big now.  

Kiko near the stockades

Sagala browsing

Ngilai and Mundusi

Ndotto drove Kiko away


The babies woke up happy today as the morning sun shone on them. The smaller babies woke up early this morning as well, as the weather was nice and favourable for them to join the other orphans. As usual Mbegu played her role of ‘mother’ to the tiny infants and the young babies and they chose to stand next to her and under her belly for the whole morning. Sometimes the young babies would lift their trunk up to Mbegu’s teats to see if she had any milk there, just as they would to sisters and aunties in the wild. Mbegu in return just touched the babies all over their little bodies and gently patted them reassuringly with her trunk. The little babies flapped their ears with joy.

The happy mood of the orphans continued up until the mud bath and public visit at 11am. They took advantage of the hot weather and chose to play in the mud bath in turns. Maktao and Enkesha were the most playful babies and they pulled on each others trunks and rolled several times around in the mud. Kuishi decided to run along the rope cordon to both the delight an disappointment of some of the visitors as she was very muddy as well! Some chose to touch her as she playfully walked along the cordon and others decided to back away from the very muddy baby. Malima was also playing some funny games as she rolled on the soil, spreading her legs in a very funny pose and throwing dust all over herself.

Orphans browsing in the sunshine

Mbegu is a lovely mother figure

Enkesha all nice and muddy

Malima standing with Maktao and Musiara


Kiasa’s desire to have extra milk by all means possible is growing day by day! The ‘sassy’ girl as the keepers refer to her will try and use any manoeuvre possible to get closer to the milk wheel-barrow which is very funny to watch. She seems to have learnt these tactics from the playful girl Malima. She was being naughty at the 9am milk feed this morning, dodging the keepers as they tried to feed her friends and trying to get as close as possible to the wheelbarrow to steal another bottle. Her antics continued up to the public visiting time and the 11am feeding but this time she kept pushing trying to get another bottle from her friends. At one stage she made off with an empty bottle and carried it away, walking round and around as the keepers tried to take it back. Eventually she dropped it into the muddy water hole which the visiting public thought was very funny. Her behaviour however was annoying the mini matriarch Godoma who slowly approached the errant girl and gave her a hard corrective push that left poor Kiasa half submerged in the mud hole. Meanwhile there was small push and pull game going on between arch-foes Musiara and Maktao as the boys boys determinedly fought over who would win the attention of Kuishi; they kept their game well away from Godoma as they could tell she was in a disciplinary mood! 

Kiasa loves her milk

Kiasa learnt from Malima!

Mini matriarch Godoma


As the first group or orphans left the mud bath area during the public visit, they followed Kuishi and Godoma who began chasing after the warthogs that were along the path on their way out to the forest. The warthogs were on their knees grazing and didn’t seem too bothered by the young orphans that were trying to scare them away by raising their ears and mock charging. Tamiyoi then tried her best to scare them but one male orphan raised his head at her and grunted in retaliation, which set her off running away towards the forest and the rest quickly followed suit! Kuishi and Godoma were the last to follow and made one last ditch attempt at chasing the warthogs away and finally they succeeded; the warthogs ran off into the bushes and Kuishi and Godoma ran after their friends, bashing bushes down and trumpeting in delight.

Luggard did not look very well yesterday and was very dull and quiet. He went off his greens and even at one feeding him milk too as he had very loose stools. Today he woke up still looking a bit down and not feeding on greens so we will see how he does today and if he does not progress, run another blood test.

Kuishi loves chasing warthogs

Tamiyoi tried to scare the warthogs too


Luggard browsing


After they had finished their milk bottles today it was all pushing games amongst the orphans during the public visit! It was a game mostly dominated by the young bulls like Jotto, Ambo, Murit and Luggard who were busy chasing the young girls like Esampu, Kiasa, Malima, Tamiyoi and Kuishi. Just like with humans the boy elephants are always the most rough and playful! It was so lovely to watch Luggard play with the other boys despite his broken leg and the keepers watched on as he tried to climb on Kiasa! He struggled because of his compromised back leg, but it was so lovely to see how determined and active he was. Kiasa also presented a bit of a challenge as she kept turning to face him to tell him to go away!

For three days now Kiasa has been challenging her keepers in the afternoon by not wanting to go into her stockade. Once she gets close to the compound she starts shouting and starts a game of hide and seek with her keepers around the stables. Today she started shouting when the keepers approached her to coax her into her stockade and she ran towards where a group of foster parents were standing for the visit. The keepers decided to leave her until the visitors had gone and then try again. We are not sure why she has started being afraid of her stable but perhaps she had a nightmare or saw a big spider! Once she is inside her stable she is fine; she has her milk and enjoys being with her keeper before going to sleep – but the entering has become the problem! We will see what happens over the next few days.

Jotto at mud bath

Murit with Esampu

Luggard coming in for milk

Kiasa with the other orphans




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