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It was a warm afternoon and all the orphans were in a good mood. Some were browsing and others were dusting themselves in the loose, dry soil. What started off as a game only between the little boys, soon attracted some of the young girls as well and even some of the older ones. It was Musiara who set the ball rolling, grabbing Maktaoís tail. In protest Maktao turned and a pushing game started. As the game gained momentum, Musiaraís friend and age-mate Sattao joined in to help his friend. Emoli intervened and tried to separate them all, but he received a bad response as Musiara pushed him hard and bit his tail as well! The little limping boy Luggard stepped in and took hold of one of Maktaoís ears with his trunk, before Kiasa came rushing over to help her neighbour little Maktao. Enkesha then joined the pushing game too, with Jotto, Ambo and Malima mock-charging from a distance. The game continued for some time, before they were all drawn to Tagwa who had made the decision to start moving into the nearby thicket to browse. This meant the game drew to a close, as each of the babies bowed out to follow their new matriarch into the bushes as well.  

Maktao, Musiara and Kuishi

Emoli with Maktao

Emoli feeding on grass


It seems Kikoís naughtiness is growing as fast as he is! The giraffe is determined to make sure his presence is felt and he is not forgotten by the keepers and the elephant orphans too. Just after 1pm, as the orphans gathered under the trees to seek shade from the hot sun, the naughty giraffe stormed through, forcing his way through the herd. This sparked a response from the elephants, with playful girls like Malima trying to mock-charge him. Tagwa joined in to protect her from the mischievous Kiko, who was throwing back-kicks towards Tamiyoi. Naughty Kiko then used his height to his advantage, by picking a hat off one of the keepersí heads and trying to chew on it, before another keeper could snatch it back! The attempts from Kikoís keeper to lure him away from the group bore no fruit as Kiko was clearly wise to this old trick. The elephants then got together and gathered their courage to charge at the defiant giraffe, and eventually they succeeded in driving him a small distance from the herd and he wandered off to go and browse on his own. 

Naughty Kiko browsing

Malima was not happy with Kiko

Tagwa was not happy with Kiko either!


Tamiyoi is taking on Godomaís old role very well and is showing promise of becoming an excellent mini matriarch within the herd. With some of the babies it is not often we find them sharing or inviting their friends to share food with them, but Tamiyoi has remained gentle and polite and is a peace-maker among the young group. Some of the babies like Enkesha recognize her good nature and appreciate her character so much, they invite her to share their food with them. Enkesha is normally quite protective of her food, especially when approached by one of her age-mates, but not with Tamiyoi or the very little ones. Today during the public visit she got very angry with Malima and charged at her to keep her away from her food pile, but allowed Tamiyoi to share with her.
Today for once it was Kiasa who had to teach one of her age-mates a lesson. Emoli was being a little trouble maker and head butting those in front of him, but Kiasa came over and chased him away which was very interesting to see. Perhaps there is only room for one naughty elephant!

Tamiyoi with Maktao playing


Little Enkesha


After Jotto, Ambo and Mapia were moved to be in the older group with the big girls like Shukuru, Ndiwa, Sana Sana, Sagala, Malkia, Tagwa and Kuishi, the first group seems to be very peaceful and there is no one to bully the youngsters, especially during the public visit. Maisha and Malima are now all happy and playful and able to run about without the worry of one of the bullish older orphans to stop them. Today during the public visit Malima was especially playful, rolling around in the loose soil and striking all sorts of poses. Suddenly she got up and started running along the rope cordon, playfully bumping into the visitors with her ears spread wide, with the keepers running after her. When she noticed the keepers coming after her she did a u-turn and went back to playing on the soil, but when she saw the keepers moving away again she quickly got up and went back to running along the cordon! She was very funny and seemed to steal the visiting publicís attention today. 

Malima playing in the mud

Maisha playing around

Sagala browsing


Today was a brighter day compared to the last few days, which meant all the orphans were active and playful. Musiara and Maisha were within the first group of orphans who came down for the 11am milk feed, and they set about having a fun dust bath after finishing their milk bottles. Later after all the orphans in the first group had finished their bottles, Enkesha led them into the mud bath for a swim. Out of the eleven orphans in the group, only Sattao wasnít interested in swimming. Tamiyoi was on vigilant guard duty, driving all the warthogs away from the area. At one point she was assisted by Maisha as well. Their vigilance however left some of the visitors uncomfortable as they drove the warthogs away through the feet of those standing nearby.
Malima and Emoli have become protective of the young ones it seems. Today there was a lady touching Maktao who was standing near the rope cordon, but Malima didnít like this and kept charging at the lady whenever she went to pet the young boy. The keeper sent her away but she threw a little back kick just to show her displeasure! There was another man holding a big camera taking photos, and Emoli didnít seem to like this either and kept charging towards it, trying to head butt the camera whenever the man pointed it at the orphans.

Malkia and her Keeper

Ndotto and Kuishi browsing

Tagwa leading the orphans to browse




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