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Kiasa hasn’t quite adapted to the daily routine of the Nursery just yet. She is always causing trouble by fighting to get home to the stockades from the forest. She does not seem to be settled out in the field within the herd and this makes it hard for them to make friends. This morning, like some other mornings, Tagwa was trying to keep Kiasa under her care, together with Malkia, but Kiasa kept running up and down dodging the keepers, wanting to go back home. After all the routes were blocked she managed to sneak through the bushes and went to the mud bath area. It is suspected that her love for the milk formula is also something to do with this!

Boys will always be boys and it seems that Kauro and Ndotto are out to prove how grown up they are. Everything they go out into the forest they want to be independent. Today when the time for the 3pm milk bottle drew closer, all the orphans moved towards their keepers, but Kauro and Ndotto were nowhere to be seen. The keepers called their names but they did not come, and they decided to move the group towards the mud bath assuming that the two had already gone there. They were not there and both Ndotto and Kauro missed the session. When the others had already gone back to the forest, they showed up to the feeding area and found everyone had already gone. They traced the group and Mbegu saw them approaching from a distance. She walked to greet them and the three decided to browse where they were for the rest of the afternoon. We knew that Kauro was ready for Tsavo, as he had already moved down but had come back to the Nursery due to illness, but it appears Ndotto is growing ready for this next phase as well!

Ndotto finds his way back to the herd

Ndiwa and Sana Sana

Sagalla and Sapalan rush for their 5pm milk feed


The day started off well with beautiful blue azure skies and no wind. The babies walked happily into the forest, bumping into each other aimlessly with joy and excitement. This mood continued into the morning after the 9am milk feed. Playful boys like Ngilai moved from one place to another in search of a play-mate. Rapa was not interested in playing and pushed Ngilai hard into a nearby tree where he bumped into poor Murit. Ndotto intercepted Rapa as he was charging and squared up to him for some time until Lasayen moved in to back up his best friend. The cheeky boy Rapa backed out of the game, unable to face both of them, and moved into the thicket.

All of a sudden, the weather changed, and it started raining heavily, forcing the orphans to seek shelter under the trees and the smaller babies under the keepers’ umbrellas. When it was time for the public visit it was quite tricky as all the paths leading there become very slippery in the rain, making it difficult for the elephants to stay upright and not slip! As the babies came running into the mud bath area for their milk they slipped and slid all over the place; poor Ambo slid and fell on his bottom with his legs in the air, but Godoma, the mini matriarch, came to his aid and the keepers as well, and between them they helped him to stand.

Ngilai looking for a playmate

Rapa not interested in Ngilai's games

Kuishi picking at shoots on the ground


Today was baby Mapia’s first day to join the orphans in the forest. This crucial moment for Mapia came after public visiting. A small group of orphans were brought back to the stockades to accompany Mapia for her first time out to browse. Godoma, Mbegu, Jotto, Ambo, Maisha, Malkia, Tagwa, Malima, Ngilai, Mteto, Tamiyoi, Enkesha, Maramoja, Sana Sana and Murit all came back for the occasion. Mapia was very calm and he joined the other orphans, and as expected the matriarch Mbegu was most receptive to him - hugging and patting him with her trunk. Malkia joined Mbegu in escorting Mapia into the forest. Godoma kept touching the new baby from behind, as Tamiyoi, Jotto and Ambo fought amongst themselves to touch the new baby as well. When this group met up with the other orphans, Ngilai raised his ears and trunk to smell the new one. Ndotto did the same and then all the others took turns in coming to meet their new friend. As the others babies continued to greet Mapia, Rapa as usual was naughty and came over pretending to greet the little one but instead pushed him, causing him to stumble and yell for help. This annoyed Kauro and the big boy pushed his tusks into Rapa, who ran away to avoid further discipline.  

Mapia joins the others for browsing

Rapa after being disciplined

Tagwa and Maramoja arrive for the 5pm feed


After their 6am milk feed the orphans moved off into the forest amid more rain showers this morning. This weather is not as good for the little ones and Maktao and Kiasa stayed in their stockades waiting for the rain to subside a little. The rain paused a few hours later for the 9am milk feed, which was easier for keepers and elephants alike. Kiko accompanied the elephants out into the forest as well and as they walked further in, so did Kiko, taking the lead with the keepers and the front runners like Tagwa, Maisha and Sattao. Suddenly, three giraffes emerged from the thicket. Kiko watched in apprehension as the wild giraffes stood still watching him, wondering who he was. One of the giraffe’s, seemingly a bit younger than Kiko, tried to approach him under the watchful eye of the bigger female. Kiko kept his eyes fixed on the approaching baby giraffe and all of a sudden retreated to where the keepers were standing. The baby giraffe then returned to the others but it didn’t end there. Kiko gathered some courage in the company of Ndotto, Lasayen, Mbegu, Ambo and Musiara, and moved closer to the wild giraffes. He approached slowly, but they did not seem to like the presence of the funny elephants, of which there are no others in Nairobi National Park, so they kept a safe distance away where they watched Kiko walking with his friends. Although Kiko and the wild giraffe’s did not meet properly this time, they exchanged a lot of body language which is very helpful for Kiko’s transition to the wild.  

Kiko sees the wild Giraffes

Maisha in a playful mood

Ambo waiting for the 9am milk feed


As the rains continue the bushes are turning greener every day. The orphans are enjoying the soft browse which is a great relief from the dry spell and dry vegetation they have had for the past few months. Newcomers like Namalok, Sapalan, Maisha and Emoli are very happy with this change in weather, and sometimes partner with Kauro, Ndotto, Pare, Ndiwa, Mundusi and sometimes Maramoja to browse further afield, in the new grassy areas. Today the five big boys moved so further afield that Kauro, Sapalan and Namalok did not come back for their 11am milk bottle! Ndotto and Pare managed to have their bottles but Sapalan and Namalok arrived too late and their milk had already been returned to the mixing area. Kauro didn’t come at all, only to show up once the public visit was over!  

Emoli enjoying soft green grass

Ndotto after his bottle of milk

Pare rests on one leg




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