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Luggard is forming his very own little herd, as he enjoys spending most of the day with the little ones Dololo, Merru and Mukoka. Merru seems to look up to Dololo but Dololo is not very nice back. Luggard is gentle and loving towards all of them. Mukoka is settling in so well and enjoying his new surroundings and friends. It’s only at the start of the day in the early morning hours that these four are away from the rest of the herd; after the 9am milk feed Merru and Mukoka join the main herd whilst Luggard stays back to keep Dololo company as he is still quite weak and walks slower than the others. Later on Luggard joined the main herd as well and Dololo stayed back with his Keeper. Mukoka behaved very well with the older herd and followed the big girls everywhere. It was still too soon for him to attend the public visit today however, so during that one hour he and Luggard walked back to where Dololo was.
When Kiko joined the elephants out in the forest today, there were wild giraffe’s browsing close to the elephants. When they saw Kiko walking towards the elephants, they tried to approach him, but he kept walking away from them and keeping close to his elephant family.
Now Sagala, Kuishi and Maisha have got used to their new rooms which they return to in the evening. Emoli however is still causing trouble for the Keepers to go into his new room at night. Today he fought so hard in the evening to go into his old room, but it has now been taken by Mukoka so he has to get used to his new room eventually!

Mukoka enjoys spending time with his new family

Kuishi ready to go down to mud bath

Maisha ready to go home at 5pm


Merru is still doing really well and this morning he had some lovely company in Sattao, Luggard, Maktao and Emoli decided to keep their new little brother company as the rest of the herd decided to walk deeper into the forest. A short while later Maktao noticed the older girls were not around, and as he is used to accompanying them, he started running everywhere looking for them. They had already moved off far into the forest, but he raised his trunk trying to get their smell and find out which way they had gone. Merru, Sattao and Emoli were following behind him. As Maktao continued his search and Emoli and Sattao followed Merru making sure he was okay, they came across some impalas who were still resting. They got up in fright and started running in different directions, but Emoli and Sattao chased them away and would not let them anywhere near little Merru. Maktao eventually led them all to where the rest of the herd were, and they were welcomed by Sana Sana and Tagwa.
After the 9am milk feed, the new little calf who we have called Mukoka, was taken out to join the rest of the herd, his new family, out in the forest. A small group of orphans were brought back to the stockades to take him out, but Ndiwa was not happy to see him in her room and went to push him down, but Tagwa intervened and helped Mukoka out. When he came out of his room Tamiyoi, Malkia, Maisha, Musiara, Sana Sana, Jotto and Malima surrounded him and comforted and reassure d him, before leading him out with them to the forest.

Maktao finds Sana Sana and the other older girls

Musiara being very attentive to Mukoka

Emoli browsing deep in the forest


Since the arrival of little Merru and Dololo, Musiara has been spending more time away from his long-term friend Luggard. This is because Luggard keeps the new little ones company in the forest during the day, while they still cannot walk as far as the others. When the two friends and neighbours wake up in the morning, they want to spend as much time as possible together, and spend it well before they have to part ways in the forest. This morning they walked side by side as they walked out of the compound and into the bush. Arriving out they spent some time engaged in a friendly wrestling game. Jotto and Ambo tried to interrupt their game as they also wanted to play. Musiara went to join Tagwa and Malkia who were feeding nearby, and Luggard just walked away. Ambo and Jotto were just left there and decided to start a game of their own, until Jotto, who also likes playing with Luggard, left Ambo to follow after Luggard. It was close to the milk feeding time, so Luggard wasn’t interested in playing with Jotto and just carried on walking towards where he knows the milk feed takes place.
Sometimes Maisha can be a bit of a bully, but only when she is in a really bad mood and only really towards Sattao and Musiara. Today Sattao was drinking some water from the trough and for no reason at all she went over and head-butted him. She didn’t even want any water, and Sattao cried out for help so Enkesha came over to assist him and Maisha ran away. She just seemed to be in a bad mood today with the two little boys!

Maisha nudging Enkesha

Jotto at the 9am feed

Kiasa sniffing the air


Recently, after the public visiting hour, all the orphans have had the opportunity to spend some time with the new arrivals Merru and Dololo and Luggard too, before walking off deep into the forest and leaving these three to browse together closer to the compound. During this period of time today, when Tamiyoi’s younger group arrived, Dololo was sleeping. This is because sometimes he doesn’t sleep well at night, and this makes him tired so he is allowed to take naps during the day if he wants. Because Dololo was sleeping Tamiyoi’s group just decided to carry on browsing, and give him the space to rest. This wasn’t quite the case when the older orphans arrived! Ndiwa, Sana Sana, Sagala, Malkia and Tagwa all went in search of the three babies to find out what they were doing. Eventually Tagwa, Ndiwa and Sagala moved on to browse with Tamiyoi’s group but Malkia and Sana Sana stayed behind. Malkia went over to where Dololo was napping and tried to wake him up by gently tapping him with her foot. This annoyed Sana Sana however and she tried to push Malkia away but she wouldn’t listen. Eventually she charged at her to push her away from the sleeping Dololo, and when Malkia left she lay down next to Dololo and rested her trunk on him, gently patting him while he slept. 

Merru eager to join his friends

Malkia walks away leaving Dololo in peace

Sana Sana browsing close to Dololo


At 8am this morning the elephant orphans were very joyful and happy. It all started when Jotto started a pushing game with Sana Sana, and their game escalated into them running around in the bushes, trumpeting and stamping their feet with excitement. This caught the attention of Tagwa, Malkia, Sagala, Ndiwa, Malima and Tamiyoi who joined them in charging around and bashing into bushes. In the end all the orphans joined in and everyone was charging around, including little Luggard who didn’t want to be left out and was also charging. Their excitement finally came to an end when it was time for their 9am milk feed, although it was still a challenge for the Keepers to get them to settle down as they continued running around! They needed to only let a few of the orphans go for their milk bottles at a time, so the Keepers waiting could easily feed them all, and the older girls like Tagwa, Sana Sana, Ndiwa, Sagala and Malkia were in such an excitable mood they kept trying to push past the Keepers and go for their bottles. When the Keepers didn’t let them pass they went charging back, and in the end Ndiwa, Sagala, Sana Sana plus Kiasa, Maisha and Emoli all managed to sneak pass and break through by going back around through the bushes, and escaping past the Keepers. They were very naughty and excitable this morning!


Malkia done with her milk bottle

Malima sucking her trunk

Sagala finds a quiet spot to browse




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