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It was a bright morning for the orphans today as they milled around Maxwell’s gate sharing his food. Some were playing their hide and seek game, running up and down and in and out of different stockades which were all open now. There was a big difference to the previous wet mornings when the orphans had all been dull and quiet. This was a real happy and playful morning, especially for Rapa, Lasayen, Ndotto and Ngilai who led the others in the games. Even after they had walked to the forest their playful mood continued and most of them were engaged in ‘sizing up’ games. Kauro was playing a wrestling game with Tusuja, Dupotto was doing the same with Mbegu and Galla, who hardly plays with anyone, was playing with Maramoja. Malkia and Sana Sana were very busy driving away a large troop of baboons that were passing by. Malkia even went as far as trying to climb the trees to flush out those that tried to climb out of the way, and put her front legs up on the trunks. The orphans only began to settle down when the milk came out to the forest for their 9am feed.

Roi has recently become so much more stubborn at milk feeding times, just like the little girl Malkia. She is very strong and knows the old keepers from the newer ones who she does not respect as much yet. She keeps pushing and shoving the new keepers away from the wheelbarrow to try and grab milk bottles from there, meant for her friends. Today during public visiting she shoved one of the new keepers to the side who was trying to guard the milk, and ran away with the bottle – she has done this twice now!

Today the decision was made to go and rescue an orphan from Maralal whose mother had been shot in the leg and it had broken badly, as well as in the head a couple of times too. Today our rescue team left at 7am and arrived back in the nursery with the calf at around 3.30pm. We named him Karissia and he is still very wild but doing well.

Lasayen playing with the other orphans

Lasayen in a playful mood!

Ndotto, Tamiyoi and Ngilai

Ngilai in a fun mood

Galla was playing with Maramoja


The little cheeky boy Rapa together with Simotua sneaked away from the keepers coming down to the mud bath ground just before public visiting. Simotua usually comes down on the second group but together with naughty Rapa now they decided to come in ahead of time. Luckily they were spotted from a distance before they reached the mud bath area. A keeper went out to stop them and take them back to the herd. The cheeky boy Rapa did not obey the keeper though nor be blocked by him. He pushed the keeper out of the way and ran towards the milk but Simotua obeyed ran back to the bush to rejoin the others. This just shows how sometimes the naughty ones can influence even the good ones into bad behaviour. After getting to the feeding area Rapa took his milk and after he had finished it he relaxed for a bit and waited for the others. After waiting for some time and not seeing anyone else come he decided to walk back to the bush. By the time he got to the herd Murit, Godoma, Ndotto and Ngilai were leaving for their milk. He didn’t bother to accompany them but waited for the second group. Dupotto, Tusuja, Naseku and Mbegu were in the second group and who he decided to accompany and when they reached the milk feeding area he started fighting for more milk pretending he hadn’t already had any! He went on pushing one keeper after another trying to get another elephant’s milk bottle. The big mistake he made was trying to go for Mbegu’s milk – after she had finished her milk she gave the boy a thorough disciplining.

Today we had to perform two rescue missions. The first report was from Maralal that a baby had be found fallen down a well and the Nairobi rescue team left at 12.30 in the afternoon for the rescue mission. After an hour we received another call from the Voi stockades that they had rescued a baby from a drainage ditch along the new railway line which is under construction. This called for another recsue team to be mobilized who left the nursery immediately for Wilson airport to fly to Voi. The first rescue team arrived back at the orphanage with a young baby boy at around 3pm. The calf was in very good condition, not too long separated from his mother (found down a well but with no sign of the herd around anymore). By 6.30pm the other team arrived with a newborn calf, in a collapsed state weakened by his traumatic and tiring ordeal being stuck in the drain. He was put on IV drips to help revive him.

Rapa being naughty

Simotua managed to sneak away with Rapa

Godoma going for her milk

Mbegu is lovely but will not share her milk!

New arrivals Kenani and Loikas


Early in the morning, the orphans left their stockades in a playful mood. Big and small, they all scampered out charging and trumpeting around; Mashariki, Arruba, Suswa and Embu approached the bushes and bashed them around, welcoming the new day and showing off their strength too. When they usually show off like this in such a happy way, it is an indication of a new baby elephant to come into the nursery. This came true when at 1:30pm the office received a report of a rescue from Maralal in Samburu. The KWS station there reported an elephant calf that had been spotted down a well by Ngoteiya Conservancy Scouts at around 6am when they were out on their patrols. At 10:30 the calf was rescued by KWS personnel together with the Conservancy Scouts and towards 4pm the calf was airlifted to Nairobi and driven to the Nusery. The calf arrived safely and with relatively good health since it had no injuries. He had a good response to his human family and took his milk well too. The calf is a young female with an approximate age of 2-3 months and we have named her Tamiyoi from the area she was found. On arriving back at the nursery it was Mbegu the baby lover who was the first to react and start shouting to meet the new baby, but it was already too late in the day to get a chance. She remained unsettled for some time, annoyed at missing the opportunity – but soon she settled down and went to her stockade, eager for the next day to arrive. 

Mashariki in a playful mood

Arruba and Mashariki playing

The new baby Tamiyoi


Kithaka was closer to Maralal than to Barsilinga. This morning he went looking for her, and not finding her, has affected him deeply. Having found her stable empty, he walked away with head down, consoled by Tano who was waiting for him at the corner of the Stockade compound.

Kainuk has always been a Pushy member of the Nursery herd, often pushing Kihari, who has always been a gentle little girl. Out in the Park today, Kihari stood firm when Kainuk tried to bully her. Upon seeing this, Naipoki came to support Kihari, and together the managed to get topsides of Kainuk, driving her away.

Tano browsing in the forest with the others



Maralal, who had been on a drip yesterday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. seemed to then rally, back on her feet and begging for milk, which she took eagerly and wanted more. We all thought that she had turned the corner, but just before 6 a.m. this morning she passed away, so it was a very tearful farewell as we buried her small body. She had been deeply loved, but obviously God loved her more. Rest in Peace little Maralal, and in our hearts. She came in teething, with her stomach in a mess, and during the time we had her, never managed to sleep properly at night. Everything that had befallen this baby had proved too much for her. She had lost the will to live.  

RIP sweet little Maralal

Tano with Kilabasi




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