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Ndiwa has apparently become the leader of the group that browses deep in the forest looking for nice green vegetation. Today she was directing everyone where to go, including Ndotto, Sana Sana, Lasayen and Ngilai who are usually known to accompany her, but she also had several more followers in Shukuru, Mbegu, Sattao, Ambo and Kiasa who were following behind her all the time.

Ambo and Malima were the talk of the public visit today. This was after they engaged each other in a very physical pushing game. At the start of the visit Malima was having fun rolling in the fresh loose soil with Maktao. She then left the spot where she and Maktao had been playing and moved to where Ambo was playing alone, and then they ended up in a very funny pushing game which went on for some time.

Murit was a bad boy during the visit today and he went around disturbing the girls that were trying to enjoy their games in the soil. He kept annoying Enkesha, Tamiyoi and Kuishi and climbing on their backs, and he wouldn’t listen to the Keepers when they told him to stop either. It was not until Godoma stepped up and told Murit off for his bad behaviour that he left. Godoma pushed him and used some force to discourage him from disturbing the other girls, and when he left she stayed to make sure no one else bothered them while they enjoyed their dusting game.

Ndiwa leading the Orphans to browse today

Shukuru part of group that followed Ndiwa

Malima headed to the mud-bath


These days we think Ndotto is practicing to become a dominant bull. Today he was in the company of older elephants led by Ndiwa and they went off deep into the forest to browse. When the keepers called them all of the others returned except Ndotto. He chose to stay and feed on his own and later he decided to slowly follow the others. He chooses to browse on his own a lot of the time and never seems in a hurry, but he is still a lovely gentle elephant who loves his keepers. Lasayen, Ngilai and Mundusi are slightly the same and they never respond in a hurry when the keepers are calling them.

Ambo wasn’t very nice to poor Emoli during the 3pm bottle feeding. Emoli was passing by as Ambo was having his bottle and maybe he thought he was going to try and take it. He knocked poor Emoli down and he shouted for help. Big mama Mbegu came running over to see what the problem was but Ambo was not worried as Mbegu is his adopted mother and he did not think she would discipline him. Ambo raised his ears up as if he was going to continue fighting so the keepers intervened and pushed him away to leave Emoli in peace.

Lasayen out in the bush

Ngilai is also acting more independent

Ambo wasn't very nice to Emoli

Emoli with Tagwa behind


When the orphans came out this morning they were all very busy greeting each other. The young bulls did so in the form of pushing games like Sattao against Emoli, Musiara against Maktao, and Luggard with one of his favourite play mates, Murit. Ndotto and Lasayen were playing together which was no surprise as they have always been best friends, and Ngilai was playing with Mundusi. Funnily enough Malima was also trying to take on Esampu! As these games went on, Malkia, Mteto, Godoma, Tamiyoi and Kuishi were all beside Maxwell’s gate trying to grab piles of lucerne from inside Maxwell’s room. We watched as Malkia and Kuishi blocked little Tamiyoi with their huge behinds, so that she could hardly stretch her trunk through to reach any of the lucerne as well. Their repeated attempts to block her saw Tamiyoi yell out with frustration, which brought Maxwell sauntering over to check out what was going on beside his gate. He was greeted by the commotion of all those elephants struggling to feed on his food. He decided to resolve the situation himself by spraying urine all over that area that quickly saw the four girls retreat at a fast pace! Tamiyoi tried to turn back again to grab a bit of lucerne but she decided against it with the strong smell of urine about now! 

Musiara going to Maktao

Murit in a playful mood

Lasayen and Murit playing

Kuishi browsing

Mteto playing around


Shukuru continues to improve day by day and with that we have seen her behavior change too. She is much more playful and looks stronger too. During the public visit today she was wonderful; she finished her two bottles before gently getting into the mud bath, tactfully spraying herself with the muddy water. Sometimes she accidentally sprayed some mud onto the keepers, her friends, and even some of the visitors there that day to see the orphans. Everyone was happy when she submerged herself in the water with her legs splayed and rolled around in happiness. Ndiwa played with Malkia in the far corner before Sana Sana interrupted them, then a slight push and pull gave started between Sana Sana and Malkia. Mteto and Sagala were quietly settled in the far corner as Ndotto, Lasayen, Mundusi and the matriarch Mbegu sprayed themselves with dust from the big heap of loose soil.

As the babies were coming home to bed at the 5pm visit today, Musiara stopped at the point where the foster parents line up to talk to the Head Keeper who was giving the talk. The little boy touched and patted the Head Keeper, perhaps wondering if he had any milk on him, until his keeper who was waiting to feed him came to get him and lead him to his stockade for bed.

Shukuru improves every day

Sana Sana with Mbegu

Sagala with Ndiwa

Funny little Musiara

Jotto out in the bush


The relationship between Sattao and the matriarch of the Nursery herd is growing every day. This morning Mbegu was making the rounds from one stockade to another in search of leftover pellets and Sattao was following behind. She walked into Shukuru’s room and so did Sattao, and she proceeded to pick up pellets whilst Sattao picked up the ones that dropped to the ground. Their fun activity was short-lived, as they were driven out by the keepers to the others who were swiftly making their way into the forest. Best friends Ndotto and Lasayen were pushing each other in an open area whilst we watched Murit walk over to interrupt Sagala who was quietly dusting herself. The jealous little boy Musiara made sure no other little ones approached the keepers whilst they had their breakfast. Musiara pushed Kiasa but did not know that Maktao, who was standing close by, had improved his defense system. Maktao bit Musiara’s tail which prompted the small boy to cry out for help. His cry drew the attention of Godoma and Malkia who quickly separated the fighting babies.  

Sattao with Mbegu

Sattao and Mbegu

Murit playing on a tree

Naughty Maktao has taken to biting!




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