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It is so lovely to see the bond between Mbegu and her babies Ambo, Sattao and sometimes even Musiara as well. Despite their age difference Ambo and Sattao often browse close to their adopted mother. Musiara often doesn’t want anyone else to browse next to Mbegu when he is there, apart from Ambo, whereas Sattao is much more tolerant. Today as the orphans moved further into the forest more of the babies wanted to browse next to Mbegu, but this didn’t sit well with Musiara. In his bid to deter anyone else from touching ‘his’ Mbegu he knocked poor Maisha and then Emoli received the same treatment as well. Maktao too came forward and touched Mbegu with his trunk before he met resistance from the feisty Musiara, but he in turn decided to fight back, and a fight ensued. It looked light hearted at first but then Musiara took it seriously. Maktao is younger than Musiara but strong, and pushed Musiara into a nearby tree. Musiara shouted for help and Sattao came to his rescue, despite his earlier behaviour. Kiasa came in to support Maktao however, until Malkia came in to separate all the fighting babies. Mbegu’s attention had been focused on the smallest baby who had joined them all in the forest. The limping Luggard was seen following Ndiwa and Mundusi as they moved further into the thicket to search for more browse, whilst Jotto and Mapia decided to hang around the keepers whilst the others browsed. 

Mbegu and Musiara browsing together

Maisha browsing

Emoli browsing


It is Shukuru’s second day after returning to the Nursery and she seemed to wake up in a good mood in the company of her neighbours Malima, Musiara, Sagalla and Mteto. It was baby Sattao who stole the show this morning however as he enjoyed the privilege of standing under Shukuru’s belly; he has not enjoyed this opportunity until now but Shukuru is big enough to allow this! Musiara and Maktao did not seem to mind the attention Sattao was getting either. As the orphans disappeared into the thicket in the forest, the keepers did not realize that they had left Enkesha behind! The little girl had sneaked into Sattao’s room, presumably to steal some of the left over browse and pellets in there. After finishing those she visited Maxwell’s gate as she looked for more lucerne pellets. Two warthogs also then came over to have their share of Maxwell’s food and a commotion ensued as all the animals tried to have their share. This attracted Maxwell’s attention who moved swiftly to try and scare the warthogs away. In the process he also caught Enkesha’s trunk between his horn and the gate and she shouted out with pain and fright as her trunk is already very sensitive. As soon as she was free she ran after her friends to join them out in the forest. She was met mid-way by Mbegu and Malkia who were alarmed by her screams for help. The matriarch Mbegu touched Enkesha with her trunk and raised her ears looking from side to side in search of what might have hurt the young girl. When she found nothing and Enkesha was settled, they all walked out to the forest together to join the others. 

Shukuru out with the others

Sattao relaxing

Enkesha browsing


This morning at around 3am the process of loading Pare, Rapa and Maramoja into the lorry for their journey to Ithumba began. Pare went into the lorry easily but Maramoja hesitated, forcing the keepers to use extra effort to push her into her pen so they could close the gate. Rapa had the same problem, probably because he sensed that Maramoja had hesitated before and that something else was afoot other that a milk feeding! Because of the noise that Maramoja and Rapa had made some of the orphans were awake now, and the ones closest to the loading area like Luggard, Musiara, Maisha and Sagalla started shouting and pushing on their doors when the lorry started up as it was very loud. Kiko started kicking his door as well as the elephants were causing such a ruckus, but once the lorry had left all the orphans calmed down once more. We wish the next three orphans all the best of luck on the next stage of their adventure. 

Loading Pare for the move

Maramoja, Rapa and Pare loaded

Maramoja, Rapa and Pare on their way

Sagalla having milk


Kiasa was in a sassy mood today and decided to dodge the keepers like she used to do. After the 3pm visit and milk feed all the elephants seemed relaxed and composed, quietly browsing in the bushes around where the keepers were. Neither the keepers nor the mini matriarchs noticed that Kiasa had left the group and taken herself back to the stockade compound, where she was sharing Maxwell’s lucerne near his gate. It took the effort of two keepers to convince her to come back to the forest where the others were browsing. Before she reached the group, she rumbled loudly, drawing the attention of Mbegu and Tagwa. They came over to see what was happening as the little boys Musiara and Sattao approached as well. Musiara moved closer to touch Kiasa with his trunk but she was in a bad mood and pushed him away.

It was a hot afternoon and Ndotto, Lasayen and Mundusi moved deeper into the forest looking for cooler areas under the trees. They walked further away but then came across two lone buffalo bulls. They wagged their ears and bashed down some bushes as they came running back, led by Ndotto, back to where the others were browsing.

Kiasa arrives for milk

Maxwell walking around his stockade

Lasayen browsing


Training continued this morning for the three orphans Maramoja, Rapa and Pare. They have been doing well at feeding inside the truck, but today Rapa was a little more doubtful. He took a little time before going into the lorry but the other two seemed find, entering with ease and downing their milk bottles.

Kiasa seemed to be very friendly with Mapia today, and the two joined up with Luggard and little Musiara who were beside the keepers. Musiara feeds well but hangs back because he wants to be with his friend Luggard who doesn’t move around very much and likes to dust himself in loose soil. Today the other two fed next to Mapia as well.

Kiasa in a charging mood

Luggard fanning his ear

Musiara arriving at the mudbath




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