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The orphans were evidently in a playful and happy mood this morning as they were all seen running about in the bushes, trumpeting and expressing their full joy at the beginning of a new day with lots of nice green things to eat. This mostly involved the little ones like Sattao, Musiara, Tamiyoi, Malima, Jotto, Ambo, Malkia, Tagwa, Godoma, Kuishi, Maisha, Emoli and some of the older ones like playful Ngilai, Pare, Ndotto, Lasayen, Murit and even poor Luggard! Even he was managing to play and stamp around in the bushes despite his broken leg; he doesn’t like anything to hold him back! The oldest female and matriarch Mbegu was kept very busy running amongst all the hyper babies making sure they were okay and checking that they were all playing safely. At last all the activity grew too much for Mbegu and she blew a huge loud trumpet which made everyone stop dead in their tracks. There was silence before, unfortunately for Mbegu, the games started again!

Normally this kind of hyper activity is a sign to the keepers that an elephant will be rescued that day and sure enough, just after 1pm a new orphan arrived on the DSWT helicopter from Tsavo, having been spotted on its own without its mother or any other family members but walking alongside two big elephant bulls. She is a young female, about 8 months old, and is in average health condition and responded well to the milk formula. We have named her Kiasa after the area she was found.

Happy Sattao

Rapa in a very playful mood

Lasayen running with Sagala

Mbegu happily dusting


Kiko woke up this chilly morning and followed the orphan elephants out to the forest. He was avoiding interacting with the elephants as newcomers Sapalan and Namalok tend to charge at him, unused to the presence of a baby giraffe in an elephant herd! Malima joined in charging at him and raised her ears, but this seemed not to bother Kiko perhaps because he is used to it and also the fact that she is so small! Malima ran back to the herd but accidentally tripped over a cup of tea one of the keepers was having as breakfast, spilling it on the ground. Malima went to join Mteto who was throwing wet soil on her body for it had rained the previous night. During the 9am milk feed all the orphans drank their milk quickly and Kiko too, then he came over and intentionally kicked the wheelbarrow over that was holding all the empty bottles, scattering them on the ground. He then moved away to enjoy the leaves in the tall trees nearby as the keepers went about collecting the bottles. Maisha and Sattao were left near the wheelbarrow as the rest of the elephants moved away; Maisha wanted to collect up some of the milk that had spilt from the bottles before the keepers moved them out to the forest. 

Kiko walking with the orphans

Hello Kiko!

Malima didn't want Kiko around

Maisha browsing


Although it was cloudy and cold this morning, the babies seemed to be in a good mood. They were having fun and engaged in play fights, as others dusted themselves and rolled on the ground. Ndotto was squaring up to Kauro despite Kauro’s much longer tusks and bigger size; this didn’t seem to faze Ndotto and he bravely tackled Kauro, pushing him against trees. Ndotto’s best friend Lasayen joined in the game, obviously trying to assist him in overpowering their bigger friend. As their game gained momentum, Murit jumped in to push Lasayen in order to help Kauro against the two boys. This prompted Ndotto to turn towards him with his ears raised and his trunk pointed, forcing poor Murit to retreat and back out of the game.

In excitement, Kauro pulled down a big branch from a tree and as the leaves fell, Luggard rushed in to have a share, but Kauro blocked him. At the same time Kuishi, Pare, Sapalan, Maisha, Maramoja, Emoli and Sagalla were busy dusting themselves with soil. Mbegu was far away browsing with her babies Ambo, Maktao and Musiara, as Malkia, Sattao and Malima, who didn’t show any interest in either playing or browsing, chose to relax instead. Their rest did not last long because it was interrupted by a warthog that came running out of the nearby bushes. The ever-playful Ngilai was busy in the middle of the keepers, touching each one of them with his trunk. Although they kept walking away from him, he kept following them and at last lay down in the midst of them, kicking up a lot of dust which made the keepers eventually walk away from him again!

Kauro on a dusting pile

Ndotto on the dusting pile

Murit browsing on a small shrub

Lasayen going to play


Poor Kigeria did not fair well during the night and collapsed at around 1am. She was put on an IV drip but her life evidently hangs in the balance at this stage. Poor little Kiangazi was put on a drip in the night as well, suffering from his injuries and compromised foot – he does not look good either. Our two new little ones aren’t looking good but we are trying our best to save them and are praying for their recovery.

We love watching how Luggard and little Musiara are becoming great friends these days. Musiara is becoming even more attached to him than to his age mate Sattao. When it is milk feeding time and he realizes that Luggard is not close by he will stop and wait for him so that they can walk together. Today was the same at the public visiting time when the first group were all running down to have their milk bottles. Musiara was walking down with Sattao, Maktao, Emoli and Maisha but after a few meters he turned back after realizing that Luggard wasn’t in their group. He ran back to where Musiara was waiting with Malima, Tamiyoi, Esampu and Kuishi and the keepers tried to lead him out but he would not budge until Luggard came with him, and then the two happily walked down together to enjoy their milk bottles.

Luggard browsing

Musiara waiting for Luggard

Sweet little Sattao browsing

Kuishi trying some small branches


Sagalla is pretty settled within the orphan herd these days and with her new human family too. She has made some friends including Ndiwa, Mundusi, Maramoja and young ones like Emoli and Maisha too. She has been polite and gentle in her approach towards the others which has meant it has been easy for her to make friends. She has a unique feature which distinguishes her from all the others in the Nursery and that is her extraordinary long eyelashes and long tail hairs – more than we have ever witness before!

Ndiwa is a very fast learner. We have seen this since her early arrival here when she quickly learnt about all the bottle feeding places and we continue to see this trait in her. She has often had to change stockade due to the new arrivals from the drought in Tsavo, and she has never failed to remember her new room. When she comes home in the afternoon she goes right into her new stockade and without a fight, unlike others when they are first getting used to their new pen! She is a lovely young girl.

Up until now Namalok has not learnt to take his milk from a bottle and it is funny to watch him in the bush take it straight from the wheelbarrow. He loves the milk but is still so shy to take it from a bottle from the keepers, even after watching the other orphans do just that; he is a funny bull!

Ndiwa in the mud bath

Mundusi and Ndiwa

Ndiwa with Mbegu behind




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