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Kiko the giraffe was behaving very badly today. It is almost because he is the tallest amongst all of the orphans, he believes he can do whatever he likes. As the elephant orphans were browsing in the afternoon, the tall boy decided to interrupt their peaceful feed. The elephants were not interested in his attempts to disturb them, but Kiko kept provoking them and looking for attention. At one point he threw a little side kick towards Sattao to get his attention, and a few minutes later he tried to prod Kuishi with his head. Then Kiko threw a back kick towards Maisha which caught her on the bum and she cried out in protest. This now attracted all the elephant’s attention as they are always ready to protect one another and come to one another’s aid, and Tagwa rushed over quickly to find out to find out what was happening. She started chasing the giraffe and playful girls like Malima mock-charged from the side, as Emoli and Kiasa trumpeted in an attempt to scare Kiko away. The herd of elephants eventually managed to drive the naughty Kiko away from the herd and Kiko went running all the way back to the stockade compound kicking his legs out in protest and excitement. Calm was then restored amongst the elephants and they went back to enjoying their peaceful browsing session.  

Sattao avoiding Kiko after getting a little kick

Maisha finds refuge with friends

Enkesha at the mud-bath


Whilst many of the orphans were busy browsing this morning, Malima, Kuishi, Jotto, Ambo, Maisha and Enkesha were all busy scampering about in the thicket, charging and stamping their feet in protest of we were not sure what! They were in a very lively mood. The keepers wondered if it was because of the cold weather and they were just running around to keep warm. Malima and Kuishi were running about so much and then they started trumpeting, which stirred up everyone in the group, even poor Luggard with his bad leg who started stamping his feet close to his good friend Musiara. All the orphans remained in this restless mood trying to beat the cold weather for almost an hour, when it seemed they had all warmed up from this very active game and they all just settled down to browse. It is so cold in Nairobi at the moment for we are well into our ‘winter’ months when it is very grey and cold but not rainy. This also means the orphans do not mud bath anymore as it is too cold and also there is not very much sun to protect their skin from, but instead they prefer to roll and dust themselves in the loose soil. In this weather even Maxwell the rhino stays in his bedroom on his hay bed until it is warm enough to wake up! His friend Shabby the Sacred Ibis with the bed leg who we have raised stays next to him in the hay too sometimes.  

Tamiyoi and Maisha emerging from the thicket

Emoli resting his trunk on Musiara's head

Jotto and Tagwa entwining trunks


As the sun rose slowly warming the ground after a long night it also slowly warmed the elephant babies as they made their way through the forest slowly browsing. Kuishi took the opportunity to warm herself, lying on some open ground next to where the keepers were seated enjoying their breakfast. At one stage she threw a whole chunk of soil over herself so vigorously that some went into the keepers tea cups, so they moved so the little girl could enjoy her dusting game, and their breakfast would not get ruined either. Musiara then joined Kuishi who had spread her legs out with her tummy in the air so she could fully enjoy the morning sun. The little boy copied her and lay down on the warm ground with his trunk curled and his eyes closed. Little boy Luggard decided to join them too, and by that stage Musiara was resting his tiny trunk on Kuishi’s head. Maktao and Kiasa joined the sleeping group, taking up position next to Musiara. Their peaceful slumber in the sun was brought to an abrupt end however when baboons came running through making a lot of noise, waking the sleeping babies up with a start. They got up to run to the keepers and the other orphans for safety, and then the whole group moved off to browse again.  

Kuishi with Musiara

Kuishi browsing

Ndiwa, Kiasa and Sagala


The two ‘big boys’ in the Nursery at the moment, Jotto and Ambo, were playing a pushing game after the 9am milk feed. Ambo was determined to win the game, and pushed Jotto hard against a nearby tree. In revenge, Jotto grabbed Ambo’s leg with his trunk, almost causing his opponent to fall over. Malima decided to join the game by biting Jotto’s tail! Jotto yelled his complaint and turned to face his female opponent for revenge. Tamiyoi now intervened to assist Jotto, her long-time friend, before Kuishi interrupted the entire game by lying on the ground in the middle of the sparring babies to dust herself. Malima decided to exit the game and dust herself as well, as Jotto and Tamiyoi lay next to Kuishi to join in too. Sattao and Maktao came running over to enjoy the dusting session, as Kiasa scratched her belly against a tree that was nearby. 

Sattao browsing with Ambo

Malima in a playful mood



With Shukuru having gone back to Tsavo it seems Ndiwa has taken over her shoes. She likes to wander off during the day and browse on her own, and today the Keepers had a hard time following her as she chose to walk deeper into the forest.

There was chaos during the public visiting time today as Kiasa, who seems to be working hard to fill Esampu’s shoes as the naughty girl in the Nursery, was trying to take an extra milk bottle from Sattao. She was bullying Sattao and in the process the keeper feeding him dropped his bottle spilling some of the milk on the ground, until another keeper came over and managed to chase the naughty girl away. Malkia wanted some extra milk too, but she did it by sucking up the extra milk in the wheelbarrow with her trunk, as Sagala tried to suck on the empty bottles. Jotto was being very funny trying to scratch his tummy on one of the water troughs, bending his legs in such a way as to reach the right spot. Sana Sana slowly got into the mud bath, spraying herself with muddy water to cool her body, and then Kuishi joined her too. Maisha was only preferred to spray herself from the side of the mud pool using her trunk, but she managed to spray some of the unsuspecting visitors behind her too!

Kiasa walking in for her milk

Sattao walking through the bush

Sana Sana all muddy!




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