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Out in the field this morning, playful Ngilai, Mundusi, Mteto and Sana Sana were all having a great time chasing and charging a troop of baboons they encountered. Some of the male baboons were fighting and running around making a lot of noise which attracted the attention of the elephants. Their fierce sounds prompted Ngilai and others in the group to jointly gang up against the fighting baboons and they charged them with their ears wide open. They managed to scare some female baboons who ran off with their young ones on their backs. Ngilai targeted one of the females with a tiny baby and chased it round and round the tall trees. The female baboon had a wise idea and challenged playful Ngilai by running around a huge tree trunk whereby they both played hide and seek until Ngilai moved to face the baboon too aggressively. The baboon became scared and ran in the opposite direction and accidentally lost its hold on the tiny baby. The baby fell off and screamed loudly which finally attracted the attention of the entire troop who ran back to protect the baby by chasing and threatening Ngilai. When facing lots of angry baboons, Ngilai lost all his courage and took off back to the safety of the herd and his keepers.  

Ngilai walking back to the Keepers

Mteto busy browsing

Ambo flapping ears to cool down

Sana Sana having fun


After the 9am bottle feed the orphans went into the field and had a playful peaceful morning until they encountered the lovely Solio. Ndiwa, Mundusi, Kauro, Rapa, Sana Sana, Mteto and Ngilai accidently bumped into Solio whilst she was resting in the middle of some dense bushes. Solio quickly announced her presence with a snort which sent the young babies scampering into the bushes in alarm. The rest of the herd reacted to their trumpets and rushed to see what was going on, except little Musiara, Sattao, Maktao and Luggard who were busy hanging out with the keepers. With all the bush-bashing and trumpeting from the elephants, Solio decided to exit the area at a run with Mbegu, Godoma, Kauro, Maramoja and Rapa following her until she disappeared deep into the forest. All the excitement left the orphans in a state of unrest and they continued their bush-bashing and noise making, turning it into a new game. The game finally ended when Maktao yelled in protest as Luggard denied him to suckle his tail which sent the mini-mums to his side for comfort.  

Sana Sana exiting the mud-bath

Ngilai finds a quiet spot to browse

Mteto reaching up for some soft leaves

Luggard using a branch as a scratching post

Mundusi greeting a friend in the forest


Today the orphans walked out of their stockades in a calm and quiet manner, unlike some other mornings when they run about the stockade compound, some running into the pens of their friends to look for leftover lucerne pellets and others running over to Maxwell’s gate to see if he has left much of his tasty lucerne grass there. The big boys like Kauro, Pare, Ndotto, Lasayen and Rapa usually grapple and wrestle with each other as they walk out to the forest as well, but this morning it was a different story. As soon as all the orphans came out of their pens they just walked out quietly to the forest in a long line, with Mbegu, Ndiwa, Maramoja and Mteto at the head of the group. 

Maxwell in his stockade

Maramoja walks to the Keepers for his milk bottle

Lasayen looking for lucerene pellets

Ndotto getting ready to dust


Ndiwa, Mundusi and Mteto are being little trouble makers these days, especially during the morning public visit. They are giving their keepers a really hard time when they are still in the forest and the first group of orphans are going down to the mud bath area. They have learnt all the different escape routes and are able to sneak down to the visit just after the first group have settled there. Today they were unlucky however as the keepers kept an eye on them, especially Ndiwa who is the ‘escape’ group leader, and they were not able to sneak down. With the rest of the second group Ndiwa and Mundusi were very restless and yelled out in protest at not being allowed to run down for their bottles earlier. 

Ndiwa at mud-bath

Mteto and Kuishi early morning browsing

Ambo leads the orphans for the morning browsing

Luggard running for his milk bottle

Mundusi being a little trouble maker


During the public visit today we watched Pare, Malkia and Mteto decide not to enjoy the lucerne pellets as usual after their milk bottles. Instead the others like Kauro, Maramoja, Mbegu, Sana Sana, Tagwa, Mundusi were all competing to enjoy these piles while Pare, Malkia and Mteto decide to go into the mud wallow and busy themselves spinning around, rolling and bumping against each other which really stole the attention of the visitors. They stayed there for the duration and were very reluctant to leave the mud pool even when the others had started to walk out to the forest. As they ran out of the pool trumpeting and protesting their departure, Malkia deliberately ran through to the other side of the rope cordon, intentionally muddying some of the visitors and leaving them laughing at her deliberate actions! She then happily sped off into the forest, stamping and trumpeting as she went. 

Pare and Lasayen in the mud bath

Pare looking all muddy

Malkia coming out of the mud bath




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