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Musiara likes playing with Sattao and often invites him to play a wrestling game. Today they had been sizing each other up in a lengthy game but then Sattao started applying more strength and pushing too hard. Musiara maintained calm but Sattao continued charging and attacking him. Eventually Musiara decided to defend himself by charging back. Tagwa was browsing close to the pair and Sattao seemed to know Tagwa was keeping an eye on him. When she saw Musiara teaching his new friend a lesson, that it was only a game not a fight, she stepped over the keepers and moved towards the duo. The keepers thought she was bringing peace but that wasn’t the case. She was so hard on poor Musiara, and Sattao assisted her by head-butting him as well. At this point the keepers stepped in to rescue poor Musiara. However, after hearing Musiara’s screams for help, Malkia came rushing in and charged Tagwa even though she had already been sent away by the keepers. The keepers had to go after those two to bring calm and peace back to the group.

At the public visit the first group had lots of fun when Jotto and Malima led them into the mudbath after finishing their milk bottles. It was only Godoma and Kuishi who settled to eat the lucerne pellets but later they joined the rest of the babies in the mud pool as well. Pare then started mounting little Tamiyoi and surprisingly it was Rapa who came to her rescue and pushed Pare off.

Musiara browsing

Sweet little Sattao

Sattao, Tagwa and Godoma

Malkia came rushing in to protect Musiara


It was fun and games at the mud bath today after the midday milk feeding. The orphans vigorously played in the dust, blowing it on their heads and rolling all over. Zongoloni and Lima Lima arrived first for the dust bath, rolling over trying to show the boys how smart they were at dusting themselves. The jealous boys very quickly joined them to compete with the girls. Faraja and Ziwa tried to outdo the girls until the show came to standstill, as the keepers and foster parents laughed out loud when they saw how Mwashoti was trying to play in the soil. He was throwing huge chucks of soil everywhere and all the way over to where the keepers were standing which forced everyone to run away, because he was blowing up such a huge dust cloud!

Jasiri turned very aggressive and started pushing Quanza and Zongoloni, which started a fight between the boys and girls as they fought for their space. The keepers tried to stop the big naughty boys from pushing the little boys, Alamaya and Mwashoti. After short while, two crane birds landed right next to where the elephants were dusting and scared the naughty boys away.

Orphans at the mud bath

Sonje very muddy after wallowing

Murera scratching his bottom


As the orphans were walking out to the field they peacefully bumped into each other and all was calm; that was until Pare, Maramoja and Ngilai were frightened by Maxwell. Some warthogs had broken into Max’s stockade and were noisily fighting over his lucerne pellets. All the racket from the squealing warthogs alerted Maxwell to the lucerne thieves and poor Maxwell got very agitated. He began chasing the warthogs round and round his stockade until all three managed to squeeze through his stockade gates. Pare, Maramoja and Ngilai were quietly munching on Maxwell’s lucerne through the bars of the gate and were caught off guard by the sudden and noisy exit of the warthogs with Maxwell huffing and puffing just behind them. The three baby elephants ran off trumpeting in surprise and charged towards the other orphans who were slowly approaching the field. Their reaction was only welcomed by Lasayen and Ndotto who happily engaged Pare and Ngilai in a play pushing game.

Ndiwa and Mundusi always keep themselves in high spirits and they were very restless and playful during bottle feeding today. When it was time to go for their bottles they both ran so fast they had difficulty keeping their balance. When Ndiwa reached the mud wallow he lost control and sadly fell straight into the water pool.  

Pare at the mud-bath

Ngilai in the mud-bath

Maramoja browses

Ndiwa finds some soft green leaves


It was an active morning as the orphans approached the forest in a playful mood. Older orphans like Kauro, Ndotto, Lasayen, Mbegu, Maramoja, Pare, Godoma and Rapa were seen actively running around in the bushes charging and trumpeting, which in turn attracted the attention of the entire herd. Little figures like Sattao, Musiara and Mactau, Tamiyoi and Enkesha were also seen scampering about but hardly able to charge and trumpet like the others, so they stayed slightly to the side so as not to get in the way. Tamiyoi loves the young boys and was seen happily playing alongside them. We were not sure why the orphans were behaving like this in the early morning but such behaviour has prophesized the arrival of a new orphan later in the day before! There is a belief that elephants are telepathic and the keepers whispered amongst themselves that there might be a rescue either today or tomorrow – not even an hour later we received a report of an elephant baby that had been rescued and was at the Tsavo-Voi stockade. A rescue team was quickly dispatched and the new orphan arrived by 3pm. It has been found by rangers in Tsavo lying down in a completely collapsed state and it arrived at the Nursery still very weak. It is a female less than a year old and evidently a victim of the drought in Tsavo.  

Kauro browsing

Pare at the mud-bath

Sattao smelling Maisha's mouth

Enkesha browsing


When the orphans came out of their pens this morning, the big girls like Mbegu, Godoma, Maramoja, Sana Sana and Tagwa were checking on and greeting the young ones like Sattao, Musiara and Mactau, while big boys Pare, Lasayen, Rapa and Ndotto welcoming each other and the new morning with some wrestling games. As all this was going on, Jotto and Malima were spotted arguing over lucerne pellets by Maxwell’s stockade, an argument which escalated into a head butting fight in which neither one showed any respect for the other. Tamiyoi was looking for lucerne pellets in Jotto’s stable and saw Malima being picked on by Jotto, so she rushed to help her challenge the young boy! Jotto had other ideas though and waited for the girls to turn and eat the lucerne when he walked up quietly behind them and took Tamiyoi’s tail in his mouth to bite it! Poor Tamiyoi yelled out and ran off, scaring Malima who quickly followed her as she was not sure what caused her to run away, and leaving the delighted Jotto to feed on the lucerne pellets all on his own. His triumph did not last for long though as Mundusi came along and pushed him away, leaving him to yell out in protest at losing his prize and with no choice but to walk out to the forest to browse.  

Tamiyoi browsing

Mbegu looking for green leaves

Godoma with Musiara

Maktao holding a stick




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