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We are watching as the dynamics of the herd are shifting with the recent move of the older orphans. Mapia is still not very friendly to the little ones and Kuishi has no interest in mothering them, or at least she doesn’t pay them any attention. This meant these two were promoted to the older group, leaving two groups of 11 each going down for their milk at the public visiting time. Tamiyoi would be leading the first group of 11, considered to be the younger group and which before was Godoma’s herd. It seems like Tagwa will be the overall matriarch of a group, a position that Mbegu held for such a long time. Tagwa might have to work to assert this position, as Sana Sana and Malkia might also be interested in leading. Sana Sana generally maintains a low profile and is a very disciplined girl, though does not take great interest in the little ones although she can be fond of them. The advantage that Tagwa has is that her leadership qualities surpass those of the rest.
Shukuru is starting to become more friendly and bond with Sagala we have noticed. They spent most of the day together today, although they did not stray far from the others. These past few days Shukuru has been so good and has not wandered far; perhaps she understands that she needs to stay and guide the herd since the departure of Mbegu and her team.

Mapia chose to browse alone today

Kuishi happy to let others take the lead

Sagala choosing to browse close to Shukuru


The little naughty girl Kiasa was taught some manners today. She had been causing lots of trouble during the milk feeding time and went on fighting everyone in front of her, both the other orphans and the keepers too. She had finished her milk and the keepers were warning her away, but she would just shove them to the side to be allowed access to the wheelbarrow holding the milk bottles. At one point when she was fighting Emoli for his milk bottle she almost pushed a keeper into the mud pool! Emoli was standing strong in order to defend his milk from her, and she has tried without success with Malima too. Malima was moving in circles to prevent Kiasa from reaching her bottle. As soon as she had finished her bottle she went after the little girl, and unfortunately because of her character, there was no one else to protect her in the herd. She ran towards Mapia, hopefully for some relief, but Mapia just pushed her back towards Malima. Malima managed to catch her and push her down to teach her a lesson, but unfortunately it did not last long. Later she provoked Maisha by head-butting her for no reason when they were in the mud bath. It was then the quiet girl Tamiyoi’s turn to deal with her! 

Kiasa eyeing the milk bottles

Emoli steering clear of Kiasa after milk feed

Mapia and Malima before Kiasa disrupted the peace


Ambo has always been slightly unfair towards Mapia, bullying him and generally being rather unfriendly. In the afternoon when they are next to each other in their stockades, Ambo always steals Mapia’s greens through the partition. Whenever Mapia tries to take some from Ambo’s side, Ambo charges at him! The herd dynamics are readjusting with the relocation of the older orphans recently. Today Ambo decided to pick on Mapia again out in the forest. He was chasing him around until Mapia decided to stand his ground. He pushed Ambo back as hard as he could, and Ambo came to realize Mapia has a place in the family too, and is strong too! The fight when on however until Tagwa stepped in to separate them. Tagwa understands Ambo’s character and drove him away from the herd so as to discipline him and let him know he cannot always pick on the others, especially Mapia. This was also a good sign that Tagwa is ready to take over the leadership of the herd since Mbegu and Godoma’s departure.
Musiara decided to mess around during the public visit today. Just before his group was about to leave and they had about 10 minutes left, he decided to join Maktao in the mud bath. He rolled and played around and when his group was called to leave the area he declined and stayed in the mud. When the second group came running in for their milk he got out and joined them, staying under the protection of Sana Sana until the end of the visit.

Ambo after being told off by Tagwa

Mapia Jotto and Kuishi

Maxwell enjoying the sunshine today


It was time for Murit, Godoma and Ngilai to begin the process of boarding the translocation lorry just after 2am this morning. They had all had ample time to become used to the vehicle and the process of feeding inside it. Murit is a very easy-going and calm boy and entered the lorry with no problem, and Ngilai was fine as he accompanied his keeper onto the lorry. Godoma however was very agitated as soon as she saw all the keepers standing around the stockades at that strange time of the morning. When her gate opened she came running out and the keepers had to work hard to persuade her to come back. After a few minutes it worked and she followed a keeper with a bottle to the lorry, at which time Ngilai and Murit were already comfortably loaded and chewing on the greens that had been placed inside. After a few minutes she was in, after seeing the other two on board and after being offered another bottle of milk inside. Just after 2:30am the journey to Tsavo begun and we heard that all the way to Voi their journey was fine.
Some of the orphans in the Nursery seemed somewhat confused with the last two moves. Mteto, Mapia and Mundusi were misbehaving and bullying some of the other members of the herd. During the public visit it seemed as if Jotto, as usual, wanted to put a smile of some of the others’ faces and he engaged Tamiyoi and Malima in a ‘sizing up’ game. At least Shukuru also behaved today by staying close to the herd; at least she knew what was going on having gone through the moving process twice already herself!

Mapia enjoying his 9am bottle feed

Mundusi and Mteto browse together today

Jotto before heading down to mud-bath


Mapia is usually a gentle boy who does not tend to show off in any way since he is not so fond of pushing games, neither of playing in mud baths, especially at the big mud wallow. Out in the bush he is most often seen busy browsing, even if the other orphans are playing pushing games or rolling around in the wet soil. Today this sweet little boy finished his milk bottle and then did a few walks around where the public were standing, enjoying feeding on the green branches provided. Then he chose to settle in one spot where he could stretch his trunk to the public and enjoy touching them. He sat on the ground and enjoyed spinning his trunk around in the air which the visiting public thought was so funny to watch. This also drew the attention of several visiting school children who love to come close to him and watch his funny antics when he is near the rope cordon. They marveled at how funny and clever elephants are.  

Mapia trying to pick up a root with his trunk

Mbegu crossing a little stream

Ndiwa and Edwin




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