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Today Mapia joined the orphans right out in the forest. He interacted so well with the others, mostly with Kuishi, Kiasa, Maisha and Maktao, and he wasn’t bullied by any of the naughty ones either. He was always on Godoma’s mind as well, and she kept coming out of the thicket just to check on him. Sattao’s relationship with Mbegu is growing all the time, although he always faces a challenge with Ambo as he is very protective of Mbegu and her attentions. Today he kept following Mbegu and trying to suckle on her ear, so had to face Ambo several times. At one point, Mbegu had to intervene to control Ambo’s jealousy as he attempted to push Sattao away from Mbegu.

Tagwa and Ndiwa are two girls you would not normally find paired up together but today these two decided to wonder off together into the thicket to browse. The keepers found them when they were scared by a herd of impalas and they came running out of the bushes shouting with fright, looking for their friends and the keepers. Malkia, Ndotto, Jotto, Malima and Tamiyoi came running over to ‘save’ them and the duo were very relieved to be back in their company.

Mapya getting more comfortable with the Orphans

Mundusi and Jotto browse together

Namalok and Ndiwa getting ready for 11am feed


There is always one remarkable rescue story every year, often more than one! But this little baby that arrived yesterday is truly memorable and she is the smallest baby we have ever seen, let alone rescued. The little girl spent most of her morning on a drip since she arrived, as she had been considered practically dead when she was found in the Masai Mara. Later in the night she seemed to recover from her almost coma like situation and regained some of her memory. She could smell the others orphans around and started calling out for her mother and family. Both Sattao and Emoli, who the little one had been placed between in the stables, were woken when she started yelling. They were very concerned and each one tried to climb their walls to get to her, and put their trunks through the bars to comfort her. She is still not very strong but is looking better this morning. This tiny elephant has a long road ahead full of obstacles and we just hope that she will make it.

It has been awhile since the orphans have had a mud bath because of the weather and today was only slightly different. The first group of 15 babies was led by Godoma with Maktao being the youngest. Almost all of them settled to browse on the greens after their milk but then Enkesha and Malima decided to go into the mud pool. They went over to it and after stepping in and testing it with their trunks they decided it was too cold and they went back to browsing. Maktao on the other hand had other ideas and he just walked to the edge of the mud pool and jumped in, wallowing and having the most fun on his own in the mud. He stayed there right until the end of their time and he had to be forced out to leave.

Godoma takes her responsibility of the younger group very seriously and when she saw Murit take a branch away from Enkesha that she was enjoying, she didn’t hesitate to go over and take it from him and give it back to Enkesha, before sending Murit away.

Browsing orphans

Maisha and Emoli walk to the mud bath

Mteto stays close to Musiara and Malkia


It was a bright morning for the babies as they came out of their stockades and headed out to the forest. They were all in a happy mood and very playful. Luggard, who has looked a bit dull these past few days, was at his best this morning. He engaged Jotto in a wrestling game and then they enjoyed a game of hide and seek in the bushes.
Today Tagwa went back to taking care of Sattao as well. When Tagwa moved away to take care of Maktao, Sattao didn’t seem to mind as he is not the jealous type, and just moved to spend time with Mbegu, when Ambo was not around that is. Whenever we found him with Mbegu he was suckling on her ears. But today he was back under Tagwa’s care which he seemed to be happy with.

Back in the stockades, Maxwell was very happy playing with the warthogs in his stockade, chasing them around.

Esampu, due to her behaviour recently, has graduated to the older herd during the public visiting time in the hope that the older females will teach her some manners, and discipline her whenever she is about to misbehave. It seemed to work and she was well behaved during visiting today. Whenever she moved around she bumped into the likes of Sapalan, and then Mteto, neither of whom would take any nonsense, so she was forced to comply and behave today.

Today Kiko did not seem to want to stay out with the elephants. He kept going out to them, staying a few minutes and then back to the stockades and by the afternoon he decided just to stay in the stockade compound completely and not walk out to join the orphans again. He might have smelt lions around which made him behave like that and want to stay in the safety of the stockades.

Luggard feeling a bit more energetic

Maxwell in his stockade

Mbegu with Esampu and Malima


Just before 6am it started to rain and as the orphans were due to come out it got even harder. Most of the like Murit, Tamyoi, Emoli, Maisha, Maktao, Musiara, Luggard, Enkesha, Sattao, Malima and their tall friend Kiko were reluctant to come out of their rooms. Murit came out of his and swiftly went and hid in Ambo’s stockade hoping the keepers hadn’t spotted him. Unluckily for him they had and he was moved out to join the other orphans who were on their way out to the forest. Malima moved from the back stockades to the front ones in another attempt to dodge the keepers but all in vain. Enkesha is the one who managed to trick the keepers in the end as she moved behind Maxwell’s stockade without being noticed and his in the far pens which are currently housing Ndiwa and Mundusi. As the orphans went deeper into the forest and the keepers warmed themselves with some hot tea, the naughty Enkesha hid herself from the rain in those rooms. When the keepers noticed they had not seen her for awhile they began searching and went back to the stockades to look, but they did not look in those two far rooms and thus thought she was not in the compound. When another keeper went to get an umbrella he eventually found Enkesha as she had begun to complain that she was on her own and not with her friends! 

Lasayen early morning browsing

Murit and friends heading to 11am feed

Tamiyoi enjoys browsing


After their 6am milk feed the orphans moved off into the forest amid more rain showers this morning. This weather is not as good for the little ones and Maktao and Kiasa stayed in their stockades waiting for the rain to subside a little. The rain paused a few hours later for the 9am milk feed, which was easier for keepers and elephants alike. Kiko accompanied the elephants out into the forest as well and as they walked further in, so did Kiko, taking the lead with the keepers and the front runners like Tagwa, Maisha and Sattao. Suddenly, three giraffes emerged from the thicket. Kiko watched in apprehension as the wild giraffes stood still watching him, wondering who he was. One of the giraffe’s, seemingly a bit younger than Kiko, tried to approach him under the watchful eye of the bigger female. Kiko kept his eyes fixed on the approaching baby giraffe and all of a sudden retreated to where the keepers were standing. The baby giraffe then returned to the others but it didn’t end there. Kiko gathered some courage in the company of Ndotto, Lasayen, Mbegu, Ambo and Musiara, and moved closer to the wild giraffes. He approached slowly, but they did not seem to like the presence of the funny elephants, of which there are no others in Nairobi National Park, so they kept a safe distance away where they watched Kiko walking with his friends. Although Kiko and the wild giraffe’s did not meet properly this time, they exchanged a lot of body language which is very helpful for Kiko’s transition to the wild.  

Kiko sees the wild Giraffes

Maisha in a playful mood

Ambo waiting for the 9am milk feed




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