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It’s the last day of the year and it was another sunny day. The babies were engaged in all different activities. Some, like Sattao, Kiasa, Musiara, Maisha and Maktao were playing push and pull games. Some of the big girls like Kuishi, Sagala and Tagwa were pulling and picking branches from the tops of some small trees. The biggest Nursery boys, Jotto and Ambo, were basking in the sun. Kiko was enjoying as usual from the tops of the trees nearby. The playful girls Malima and Tamiyoi were play-chasing him around as he tried to browse. He was enjoying all the different leaves, and at once stage bent low so he could sample some of the tasty ones from a smaller shrub as well. Tiny Maarifa was warming her little body in the sun as well, as her Keepers stood by her and watched for her safety as she took a little nap. The year of 2018 ended well for all the little orphans in the Nairobi Nursery.  

Tagwa at the 9am feed

Sattao with a mouthful of grass

Malima catching a wild scent


Since we have had a break from the rains over the past few days, the temperature has soared and it has become really hot. All their babies have enjoyed playing in the mud bath recently as a result. At public visiting time today the orphans drank their bottles in a hurry and rushed into the water hole, everyone that is except for Dololo who did not look interested in having a bath, and that is perhaps because he needs to get his strength up. Instead he lightly sprinkled water on his body using his trunk, directly onto his body. Enkesha, Musiara, Emoli and Maisha were the first to get into the muddy pool, submerging their bodies as they enjoyed the bath. Kiasa, as usual, always wants everyone to notice her and she began splashing the muddy water with her trunk and then sucking and spraying over her back, some of which reached the visitors behind, dotting them with muddy splashes! 

Enkesha running to the 9am feed

Oprhans at the 9am feed

Orphans explore the forest


The day started as usual with the orphans leaving their stockades just after 6am. It was a chilly day so the latest arrivals in the Nursery Mukkoka and Dololo wore their blankets to ensure they were kept warm. As it is her role in the Nursery as matriarch, Tagwa led the orphans out to browse in the nearby bushes. She had Mukkoka on one side of her and Maktao on the other. Kuishi, who is becoming more motherly recently, kept the skinny Dololo by her side too. Luggard and his next door neighbor and friend Musiara were trailing behind, slowly following the others while Luggard took little breaks to give his bad leg a rest. Musiara just used the opportunity of a break to stop and browse from the nearby bushes. Neither the Keepers nor the other orphans seemed to notice that Tamiyoi had dodged the group and had made her way back to the stockades! She went to try her luck finding some of Maxwell’s leftover pellets, she loves these so much! Her joy at stealing these from Maxwell was short lived however as a Keeper bumped into her on his way back out to the forest. She trumpeted loudly in protest at being caught, as she was escorted back out to the forest. 

Tagwa leading the orphans to the forest

Luggard making his way slowly to the 9am feed

Maxwell enjoying the morning sun


The day began as usual and was just like any other day. The orphans moved through the forest in the company of their Keepers and because it was a sunny day all the orphans were happy and seemed to enjoy the morning. The weather was so nice and the temperature so favourable, that the newest arrivals Dololo and Mukkoka did not even need to wear blankets. Musiara was enjoying the sunshine the most, and stood basking in an open area. He then decided to roll on the ground and lie with his feet in the air, making the most of the warmth. Maktao, who is always close to his beloved Keepers, was busy dusting his body with loose soil. Tagwa, Kuishi, Tamiyoi, Sagala and Jotto were not as interested in warming themselves, and chose instead to browse from the nearby leafy trees. Enkesha joined Maktao to dust as well. Soon, Kiko decided to join the follow the elephants and he was browsing from every tree he came across. Malima, who is always so playful, was mock-charging a group of impalas who were close by, and Emoli and Sattao were busy chasing some warthogs who were passing by – it was a very jovial and happy festive day. 

Dololo enjoying the sunshine

Musiara took advantage of the sun

Jotto spraying water with his trunk


Kiasa was in a very naughty mood today. She was demanding food from the others and even engaging some of the older orphans in some fights. As the orphans stopped by Maxwell’s gate to check for left over lucerne pellets on their way out to the forest, the cheeky girl arrived late at the scene and, worried that she would not get any, forced her way through between Ambo and Tamiyoi. She forced her way through so hard that she almost knocked Tamiyoi to the ground! The no-nonsense Sagala then joined in too to try her luck in reaching some lucerne pellets. When none of her friends looked interested in making way for her, she forced her way through like Kiasa did before; using her tusks to make way she cleared a path. She was so rough she too ended up pushing Maktao over. In the end the matriarch of the Nursery, Tagwa, had to step in and quell the fracas. Musiara and his limping friend Luggard were just watching all the activity from the sidelines, knowing they are not strong enough to dare engage in such rough activities!  

Kiasa browsing alone after the fracas

Tagwa and Malima browsing in the forest

Luggard with milk dripping from his mouth




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