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Shukuru continues to improve day by day and with that we have seen her behavior change too. She is much more playful and looks stronger too. During the public visit today she was wonderful; she finished her two bottles before gently getting into the mud bath, tactfully spraying herself with the muddy water. Sometimes she accidentally sprayed some mud onto the keepers, her friends, and even some of the visitors there that day to see the orphans. Everyone was happy when she submerged herself in the water with her legs splayed and rolled around in happiness. Ndiwa played with Malkia in the far corner before Sana Sana interrupted them, then a slight push and pull gave started between Sana Sana and Malkia. Mteto and Sagala were quietly settled in the far corner as Ndotto, Lasayen, Mundusi and the matriarch Mbegu sprayed themselves with dust from the big heap of loose soil.

As the babies were coming home to bed at the 5pm visit today, Musiara stopped at the point where the foster parents line up to talk to the Head Keeper who was giving the talk. The little boy touched and patted the Head Keeper, perhaps wondering if he had any milk on him, until his keeper who was waiting to feed him came to get him and lead him to his stockade for bed.

Shukuru improves every day

Sana Sana with Mbegu

Sagala with Ndiwa

Funny little Musiara

Jotto out in the bush


Over the last few weeks we have mentioned how Ndotto is becoming more and more independent. Today was no different and he decided to leave the others and the keepers and browse deep in the forest. When it was time for the second, older group to make their way down to the mud bath for their milk, the keepers realized he was missing from the group. Luckily Ndotto realized from his ‘tummy clock’ that it was milk time and made his way down to the mud bath via an alternative route, just as the first group were leaving. He has his milk bottles and started dusting himself as the others made their way down for their bottles too. As the others arrived Ndotto sneaked closer to the wheelbarrow to try his luck in stealing another milk bottle. Esampu was also there sucking up all the extra milk, but Mundusi pushed her knocking her into the wheelbarrow and causing some of the bottles to fall out. Ndiwa and Sana Sana stayed away from the mud hole, feeding on the green branches put out while the rest of their friends enjoyed a mud bath. 

Independent Ndotto

Esampu with Malima

Sana Sana stayed away from the mud hole

Sana Sana having her milk bottle


As the orphans arrived out in the woods today there was a small commotion. As they browsed in small groups in different directions, from a distance a baboon started shouting. Shortly later two lionesses came out of the thicket and seemed to be pursuing an impala. Mteto started shouting and Sagala followed her, running out of the bushes to safety. Mundusi, Ndiwa and Kuishi ran right straight past the keepers and seemed to be making for home. All of the little ones in the group like Musiara, Maktao, Maisha, Emoli and Sattao gathered around the keepers whilst the big ones stamped their feet and trumpeted. Calm was eventually restored by the keepers, and we were glad the orphans reacted this way so that they know lions are to be feared and they should keep their distance.

While walking down to the public visit today, Malkia left the forest with Mteto, Tagwa, Esampu and Mundusi but on their way, Malkia held up the group and prevented them from going any further. She knew she could get away with it as there was no keeper with them, nor anyone in the group to stop her. After the group struggled to free themselves so they could go down for their milk, she eventually let them go but blocked Esampu. We thought then that Esampu must have been her main target and she was trying to prevent her naughty behavior down at the mud bath area. Esampu kept trying to dodge Malkia all the way down to the empty space. When the keepers who were waiting for them down at the mud bath saw what was going on they went up to free Esampu. When Malkia saw the keeper coming she gave Esampu some space to pass, thus avoiding being told off!

All the orphans walking out to browse

Sagala warned the others

Mundusi ran past the keepers

Malkia led the others in the group


Elephants are very clever regardless of their age, for even when they are young we can get a sense of this intelligence. In this instance we are talking about Mbegu. Today she knew when one of the little babies had joined the herd in the forest, despite being very far away deep in the trees. She was spotted leaving the group she was with and walking towards the little one, clearing the path by moving the fallen branches and sticks as she walked. This is because she knew the little one was weak and not very well. We had not seen her do this before but she obviously knew she had to clear the path for her so she could walk with her.

It has been quite a while since we saw Ndotto and Lasayen engaged in games but today they were involved in a lengthy pushing game, remembering the early days when they used to wrestle all the time. Mundusi and Ngilai also gave the audience something to smile about as they played during the public visit.

Mbegu with Musiara

Lovely Mbegu

Ndotto out in the bush

Lasayen in a playful mood


At the public visit today, Luggard decided to enjoy a lengthy mud bath. At the end, nothing could entice him out and away from the lovely time he was having. With his condition, his leg being broken, the keepers often give in to him and let him do what he wants when he really wants something! When the older herd came down and finished their milk, they also moved towards the mud bath as it was a hot day. When Luggard saw Mteto and Mundusi walking towards the mud pool he immediately got out and went to stand in the shade of an acacia tree. All the other orphans crowded inside the mud bath and were having a great time. Ndotto then decided he wanted the mud bath for himself and began chasing all of his other friends out of the pool; only Mbegu and Shukuru were spared as Shukuru was standing on the edge spraying herself and Mbegu was lying on the edge.

Ndotto was at it again in the afternoon when it was time for bed, although this time he had a partner in crime in the form of Mundusi. Having been released from the company of the keepers in the forest in a group of 6, on their way down to the stockades these two decided to divert into the bushes. The keepers in the forest knew they had left, but the keepers in the stockade knew they had not come home yet. When all the other orphans had come in and the keepers knew the two boys were missing for certain, they went back out to look for them, and found the two boys happily busy browsing. When Mundusi saw the keepers coming towards them he started yelling and running back to the stockades as he knew he was being naughty by not returning home, but Ndotto walked back slowly in no hurry at all, and without any care!

Luggard at mud bath


Ndotto enjoying a mud bath




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