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It was a bright morning as the elephants orphans started off on their journey into the Park this morning around 6am. Maisha, Musiara and Emoli were among the first orphans to move out of their night stockades. As they walked past Maxwell’s gate, these little babies noticed some lucerne pellet leftovers. Using their tiny trunks they scrambled to collect up as much of the leftover pellets as they could. They fed for some minutes until a wild cry filled the air. It came from Maisha who was calling for help as her poor trunk was stuck, caught between the posts of Maxwell’s stockade. This drew Ndiwa’s attention who came rushing over to find out what was happening. Fortunately the little girl managed to free herself, but the rest of the herd had already started to make their way out to the forest. Maxwell trotted around his room a few times, clearly a little disturbed by poor Maisha’s loud cry.  

Emoli having a drink

Maxwell eating his lucerne pellets

Poor little Maisha


Today we watched Luggard have a lengthy interaction with Musiara and Jotto. It was nice to see the three playing and pushing each other. Luggard went after Musiara and grabbed his tail to make sure he couldn’t walk away and so that there wasn’t a big gap between them. Mapia keeps warning Ambo as day after day he seems to want to bully him. Today however whenever Ambo has tried to charge at him, Mapia raises his ears and moves a few steps forward, showing Ambo that he is ready to take him on now he is feeling more confident.

Today during visiting Malima was happy running along the rope cordon throwing back-kicks towards the visitors, as Sattao was happily interacting with them. He especially enjoys interacting with school children.

In the evening while in their stockades, most of the babies will go on pulling branches over from their neighbour’s room, even though they have their own to browse on. Sometimes Malkia is left with almost nothing to eat as Ndiwa and Tagwa have pulled through all her branches, which is exactly what happened this evening too!

Mapia and Ambo in the mud

The orphans walking with their keepers

Musiara, Tagwa and Sagala


It was a warm afternoon and all the orphans were in a good mood. Some were browsing and others were dusting themselves in the loose, dry soil. What started off as a game only between the little boys, soon attracted some of the young girls as well and even some of the older ones. It was Musiara who set the ball rolling, grabbing Maktao’s tail. In protest Maktao turned and a pushing game started. As the game gained momentum, Musiara’s friend and age-mate Sattao joined in to help his friend. Emoli intervened and tried to separate them all, but he received a bad response as Musiara pushed him hard and bit his tail as well! The little limping boy Luggard stepped in and took hold of one of Maktao’s ears with his trunk, before Kiasa came rushing over to help her neighbour little Maktao. Enkesha then joined the pushing game too, with Jotto, Ambo and Malima mock-charging from a distance. The game continued for some time, before they were all drawn to Tagwa who had made the decision to start moving into the nearby thicket to browse. This meant the game drew to a close, as each of the babies bowed out to follow their new matriarch into the bushes as well.  

Maktao, Musiara and Kuishi

Emoli with Maktao

Emoli feeding on grass


When Kiko walked out to the forest to catch up with the elephants, none of the elephant babies were interested in his company and they all started walking away from him; all a part from Musiara who kept trying to charge at Kiko whenever he walked towards him. Kiko seems to have noticed the absence of the older orphans who used to charge and chase him away. He is not very concerned with what tiny Musiara tries to do, so he is trying to spend more time with the elephants now that the older orphans have gone.

Shukuru was accompanied by Ndiwa, Sagala and Kuishi today. At one stage Shukuru felt the need to discipline Kuishi however, when she tried to take Sagala’s vegetation she was eating.
During the public visit today it seemed as if Emoli and Maktao were on guard duty. They pretended to be having a pushing game when in fact they were keeping an eye on the warthogs close by. Any warthog that wandered too close was charged at and driven away from the area.

Kiko walking in the bush

Kiko going to find the elephants

Kuishi with little Sattao


Even though Shukuru doesn’t show that much interest in taking care of the herd, Ambo is still slightly attached to her, and sometimes to Sagala too. Ambo seems to feel more protected in the company of these older females in the herd. Today he has been following Shukuru around for most of the day. Ndiwa looks as if she is still missing her friends Mundusi and Mteto a little, who she used to go out into the forest with. Sometimes she looks as if she is about to move off away from the herd, but then she changes her mind without her older friends there to go with her. Sometimes she decided to browse along the periphery of where the others were.

Maisha is one baby that doesn’t like to play around with the vegetation in her pen. She decides to eat it as soon as she is finished with her milk bottle and throughout the night until it is finished too. She is one of the last ones to go to sleep at night. Sometimes when she gets into her room and has had her milk, she might even try stealing some of the branches from Musiara’s room. Musiara is a gentle boy who doesn’t try to stop her either. We have even watched him pull some branches over to share with Maisha, if they are placed in the middle of his room.

Shukuru browsing on her own

Maisha doesn't play with her food

Musiara is such a gentle boy




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