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12/2/2017 

Tagwa is so good at looking after the young ones and even seems to take over from Godoma in this department when Mbegu is away from the group. This morning the very tiny girl joined the main herd whilst they browsed in the forest. She arrived in the forest and announced her presence with a very loud and happy rumble. Mbegu, Maramoja and Tagwa ran from different directions to meet her. Tagwa arrived first and then the other two and Tagwa was the most attentive of all to the little one.
Some orphans keep the characteristics they develop from when they were little. Ngilai used to love suckling on the ears of his older peers. When Mbegu was in the forest attending to the tiny one, Ngilai was busy trying to suckle her ears. Mbegu knows what Ngilai is like so she didnít have a problem with this.

Kiko emerged from the bushes towards the end of public visiting today. There was a wild female giraffe that was browsing in the bushes close to the mud bath and when she saw Kiko, she moved a little closer. Kiko didnít pay her any attention though and just moved around the acacia trees there, so eventually she walked away.
 

Tagwa in the forest


Ngilai suckling Mbegu's ear


Kiko coming to the forest

11/25/2017 

The weather looked good when the orphans came out of their stables this morning as it was sunny and warm. The orphans showed their appreciation by enjoying different games; Ngilai and Jotto were busy sizing each other up, while Mbegu played on some loose soil whilst allowing the likes of Ambo, Malima, Tagwa, Kuishi and the big boy Ndotto to roll and slide down her.

When the first group of orphans made their way to the mud bath led by Godoma, the weather changed suddenly and it clouded over and started drizzling. All of a sudden there was a thunder clap which sent the orphans running in all directions. They raised their ears in fright and each sought out a keeper for protection. It took the keepers awhile to help them settle again as they had been frightened by the sudden and unexpected sound of the thunder.

When the second group came down for once it was Mbegu who we found tricky today! All the orphans know that it is her role to clean up all the spilt milk on the ground, and sometimes from the wheelbarrow as well. Although since Namalok has arrived however, he has never taken the milk from the bottle so his two bottles are poured into the wheelbarrow and he drinks it from there. Mbegu decided to take advantage of Namalokís shy character and habit of drinking slowly. She pretended to help and drive away all the other naughty orphans who wanted Namalokís milk, but it was she who ended up drinking almost half of Namalokís share from the wheelbarrow!
 

Sana Sana finds a puddle


Sapalan and Jotto browse together


Tamiyoi reaches for green branches

11/14/2017 

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 keepersí 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

11/13/2017 

Today was baby Mapiaís 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

11/6/2017 

In the morning around 6am, when the orphans were coming out of their stockades, it began raining really hard. Some of the orphans like Murit, Sana Sana, Emoli, Maisha, Kauro, Ngilai, Tamiyoi, Ambo, Rapa and Tagwa didnít even want to come out of their stockades to go out into the bush! The keepers had a hard time getting some of the orphans out of their rooms, especially Murit, Kauro, Tagwa and Sana Sana because as soon as the keepers carried on to open more doors, these orphans ran back into their rooms again! It was like a game of hide and seek between the keepers and the orphans this morning. Only Namalok, Sapalan, Sagalla, Mbegu, Ndotto, Lasayen and a few others were happy to go out into the forest. As some of the orphans avoided the heavy showers, Maxwell on the other hand playfully ran about his stockade, enjoying the rain and rolling in the wet soil. Then he would get up and dig a chunk of soil out with his horn, throwing it up in the air and running around.

Maktao is becoming a little trouble maker, especially during the public visiting time. After having his milk bottle he circles around the wheelbarrow holding the bottles and starts to pull them out and drop them on the ground whilst the keepers are busy trying to feed the others. When he was warned away today he began to yell and threaten to push over the wheelbarrow! The keepers then draw him away with an empty milk bottle which he duly follows; he is such a funny boy!
 

Sagalla ready for morning browsing activities


Maxwell getting ready to enjoy the mud


Maktao bottle feed

 

 

 

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