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We have been receiving a lot of rain here in Nairobi and so the orphans have been experiencing different weather. This morning it was chilly because the weather was very cloudy. Our latest arrivals Mukkoka and Dololo wore blankets to keep them warm. Other youngsters like Kiasa, Maktao and Musiara sought refuge from the cold amongst the older ones. Maktao made sure he was always close to Tagwa, Musiara stayed close to Sana Sana and Kiasa, despite her naughty character, accompanied Malkia. Although Ndiwa is old enough to be a matriarch, she has always shown signs of independence and often chooses to browse away from the others.

With the change to heavy rain, most of the orphans gathered under big leafy trees to protect themselves from the downpour, all except Jotto and Mapia who chose to defy the weather and continued to browse as though nothing was happening. At times they were seen digging at the now softened soil with their tusks too.


Just after midday today, the weather changed from sunny to a heavy downpour. Water was running everywhere in little streams. As the rain poured, Maxwell moved from his bedroom to run up and down his stockade. Everywhere, except for his bedroom, was soon wet and muddy which is just how Maxwell likes it and he was running around with excitement. At the peak of his enthusiasm, he got down on the ground and rolled around, covering his huge body with red, muddy soil. His frequent yet uninvited guests, the warthogs, were also enjoying a mud bath, but on the other side of his stockade, as they know that he can get excited and strike at any moment.

The baby elephants out in the forest were also enjoying the rain in different styles. Mapia and Ambo rolled in the mud, while Enkesha and Tamiyoi sprayed themselves with running water. Sattao and his friend Musiara were engaged in a play fight which went on for some time. Due to the weather Luggard, Dololo and Mukkoka were taken to the stockades as they are not yet strong enough to withstand heavy rain.


Ndiwa is now used to her new routine of having her 9am milk bottle at the lorry. She remembers that she and the other two girls Malkia and Sana Sana have their milk first at the lorry to practice walking on to it, before the others have theirs out in the forest. Today she was standing at the front of the herd, waiting to be allowed to go down to the stockade to have her milk bottles. She was adamant that was the way she wanted to go, but today the Keepers were actually trying to lead her down to have her milk in the mud bath area. She was walking with Malima and Malkia and even when Malima was leading the way to the mud bath, Ndiwa turned off towards the stockades with Malkia following her, leaving Malima to walk to the mud bath alone. The Keepers working in the stockade compound had to walk them back to where the others were waiting in the forest still to go down to the mud bath for their milk bottles. In the end Ndiwa and Malkia came in last, escorted by some Keepers. Ndiwa is so clever for learning her new routine so well!

As it has been cold and drizzly, the orphans decided to have fun on the loose piles of soil in the mud bath area which had become quite thick and clumpy. Emoli and Mapia decided to turn one of the water troughs into a football by over turning it and spilling all the water out, before kicking it with their feet. Jotto and Malima started a pushing game. Ambo tried to interrupt their game but he was sent away by Jotto.


It is so lovely to watch how the older girls in the Nursery take care of the youngest, and if there is one lucky baby in the group we think it is Musiara at the moment. Musiara is loved by the majority of the older females in the family, but among them we think Malkia loves him the most. Sometimes she is a bit tough with the other youngsters, but she is always fond of Musiara, and the little boy of her too.

Today three of the older females decided to spend the day with one baby in particular. Malkia was with her beloved Musiara, and Tagwa made the strange choice of Kiasa, instead of Sattao as usual who loves her very much. This might be because over the past few days Sattao has been spending more time with Dololo, trying to help him, and Luggard as well. Sana Sana seems to be fawning over Mukkoka these days, and she will always respond to him if he rumbles or calls out. So these were the babies that Sana Sana, Malkia and Tagwa, our matriarchal figures, chose to browse with and look after for the day.

Jotto was in a very funny mood at visiting time and we wondered if Mapia had done something to annoy him. He is never usually naughty, but today when he finished his milk bottle he charged over to the water trough and head-butted Mapia away. Sana Sana saw what he did and was not very pleased; she came over to push him away from the water as well and Jotto had to leave the area and walk away from her and Mapia.


The orphans who are moving in December began their training of entering the translocation lorry today. Sana Sana, Ndiwa and Malkia will be graduating to one of the Reintegration Units in Tsavo soon and beginning the process of returning to their rightful place in the wild. Ndiwa was fine with having her milk in the lorry, but Sana Sana and Malkia did not like the idea. Ndiwa walked straight into the lorry and drank her bottle without wasting any time, but the other two only got as close to the lorry doors and smelled the milk bottles, before reversing backwards. They then decided to run back to the forest to join the rest of the herd!

Malkia was not happy, having missed her milk on the lorry, and as the group started moving for their next milk feed a bit later, she forced her way towards the wheelbarrow. At the feeding area she was in a very bad mood and was charging at everyone. She then turned to vent her anger at the Keepers as well, and tried to knock over the wheelbarrow. The Keepers managed to send her away from the area. She turned her anger on Jotto, Sagala and Mapia, charging at them, and Sana Sana had to forego her beloved milk bottle to try and restore the peace by driving Malkia away into the bushes adjacent to the feeding area.  




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