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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


In the early morning soon after the orphans arrived out in the forest, many were busy browsing whilst Jotto and Mapia were busy engaged in a pushing game trying to show off their strength against each other. Neither one wanted the other to win, or wanted to take it easy on the other, so they played vigorously with each one trying to dominate the other! As their game reached its climax Ndiwa, who had been watching the two boys play fighting for some time with neither one giving up, approached the two boys to see what was going on. When she realized that it was a little more than a play fight, she decided to separate the two boys, pushing Mapia away from Jotto. It was so funny to see Jotto’s reaction as he clearly wanted to carry on with the fight; he went down on his front legs and started head butting the ground. He did that a few times before getting up and running off, trumpeting and bashing the bushes down as he went to join the other orphans who were busy browsing. 

Jotto and Mapia

Jotto hiding behind Mapia

Tamiyoi with Jotto


After Jotto, Ambo and Mapia were moved to be in the older group with the big girls like Shukuru, Ndiwa, Sana Sana, Sagala, Malkia, Tagwa and Kuishi, the first group seems to be very peaceful and there is no one to bully the youngsters, especially during the public visit. Maisha and Malima are now all happy and playful and able to run about without the worry of one of the bullish older orphans to stop them. Today during the public visit Malima was especially playful, rolling around in the loose soil and striking all sorts of poses. Suddenly she got up and started running along the rope cordon, playfully bumping into the visitors with her ears spread wide, with the keepers running after her. When she noticed the keepers coming after her she did a u-turn and went back to playing on the soil, but when she saw the keepers moving away again she quickly got up and went back to running along the cordon! She was very funny and seemed to steal the visiting public’s attention today. 

Malima playing in the mud

Maisha playing around

Sagala browsing


In the early morning the orphans settled out in the forest to browse. Ndiwa was scaring the other orphans by trying to lead them away into the bushes but then turning and running back frightened. This meant the little ones Maktao, Kiasa, Musiara, Maisha and Sattao ran about frightened thinking that there was something ahead of them. We have noticed that Ndiwa has been trying to sneak back to the stockades, just like Ndotto used to do, because she knows there are tasty lucerne pellets near Maxwell’s stockades and there are always some left over in the rooms of the little ones, who never finish their share. Today the keepers were keeping a very close eye on her and not letting her return to the stockade compound, so we think she was trying to scare the herd as a diversion! She is a naughty and yet clever little girl. 

Ndiwa was messing around

Mapia, Ndiwa in the middle and little Kiasa

Sattao and Ambo eating


With the departure of Mbegu and Godoma to Tsavo, the babies left in the Nursery are still trying to decide who between Tagwa, Sana Sana and Ndiwa will be their new leader. Sometimes they are attached to Ndiwa, but at other times Tagwa and then Sana Sana too. It is unclear at the moment, but who will emerge as their leader will probably be a slow and gradual process, and it will just natural unfold. They know for now that all three of those older girls are reliable.

Luggard has been looking very well these past few days, very happy to be out in the bush and spending time with the others orphans. He can now walk quite a good distance with the rest of the herd. When the group does make to walk deeper into the forest, he complains that he is not allowed to follow them when the keepers try to hold him back, to prevent him walking too far. Most of the time he wants to follow the herd everywhere. He is doing very well at the moment.

Musiara, Malkia and Tagwa

Malkia and Sana Sana





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