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Sometimes Ambo and Jotto choose to revive their old friendship, and today was one of those days. The two boys spent most of their day together, away from the main herd. They were spotted playing wrestling games, as well as hide and seek, before settling back into browsing again. The twin-like sisters Ndiwa and Sagala had company from Sana Sana today. Ndiwa and Sagala look so similar sometimes we have a hard time telling them apart, and they are very close in character as well! To top it off, they are very good friends too and we will often see them together when Ndiwa is not off browsing on her own. Today they were accompanied by Sana Sana when they sneaked away from the herd to browse on their own.
Because of Kiasa’s behaviour during milk feeding times, often she is held back until last so as not to cause any problems, and it seems she knows this as well, although sometimes she tries to sneak out first before she can be stopped from going for the milk. In the evening however, she has no one to fight over milk with in her room, so she is always allowed down first with Enkesha.

Sana Sana enjoying browsing

Jotto Malima and Musiara out in the forest

Maisha with a mouthful of grass


It is very true that elephants are very intelligent, and we can even say that is true with the Nursery babies at their young age. All the orphans know and understand their feeding times and how much milk they are meant to get as well. During the 9am milk feed, Mapia was being fed his first bottle of two. He had only had a quarter of the bottle, when Sagala came charging over and shoved both him and the Keeper so he dropped the bottle and some of the milk spilt out. No one was able to pick up the bottle fast enough as all the other Keepers present had their hands full. The Keeper went ahead and started feeding him the second bottle in his other hand, but when Mapia finished that bottle he started yelling and demanding his balance and rightful share. He shoved all the Keepers and yelled for more milk. He was handed an empty bottle to show him that there was none left but he was very persistent, and it wasn’t until Jotto stepped in to help move him away that he calmed down. He was fed his fair share at the next feed a few hours later, and he forgot all about the morning milk feed fiasco.
During the same morning milk feed, Tagwa decided to instill some discipline when Ambo tried to steal her milk bottle. Kiko was a very good boy with the elephant orphans today. He spent the whole afternoon browsing with them not causing any trouble, until he was taken back to the compound in the afternoon.


Ndiwa receives her milk whilst Musiara looks on

Sagala with alert ears

Emoli after noon feed


At the moment Mapia doesn’t seem to have any permanent friends in the Nursery herd. Most of the older ones like Kuishi, Ndiwa, Malkia and Sagala are pushing him around a bit at the moment and don’t like him standing with the group sometimes. Today Kuishi and Malkia were unfair on him and during the midday milk feed Ndiwa and Sagala kept charging at him. This means he avoids crossing paths with the older girls as much as he can. Sometimes as they browse out in the forest it is either Maisha or Enkesha keeping him company, as long as none of the older girls are trying to keep little Maisha or Enkesha company too! We are sure they will all settle down soon and as Mapia is quite big for his age perhaps the older girls are just trying to make sure he knows his place.  

Enkesha trying to pick up a stick

Mapia at the mud-bath

Ndiwa waiting for her milk bottle


It was such a lovely start to the day for the orphans. The big girls Sana Sana, Ndiwa and Sagala were very over excited. As all the orphans prepared to walk out to the forest, the three girls engaged high gear and ran around in different directions towards the forest. It was all about trumpeting the loudest and stamping their feet in excitement. Ndiwa ran in the direction of the mud bath, Sagala ran towards the public parking area and Sana Sana ran to the milk feeding area in the forest! There were several birds on the ground feeding on insects ahead of Sana Sana, and they flew up into the air making a lot of noise as Sana Sana charged towards them. All the commotion attracted Maxwell’s attention as he was resting in his stockade. He got up too and started charging about in different directions thinking that perhaps there might be danger to fend off! His restlessness then affected the rest of the elephants who up until now had remained calm, Malima, Tamiyoi, Jotto and Ambo ran back to Maxwell’s gate, perhaps to reassure him that everything was fine and the older elephant girls were just in a hyperactive mood! It took some time however before Maxwell settled down. All the elephants then started filing out of the compound and following their Keepers to the forest where they met up with Sana Sana. It took some time before Ndiwa and Sagala too re-joined the group after they had calmed down.  

Ambo swinging his trunk

Jotto enjoying the sunshine

Musiara sucking on his trunk


Our elephant orphans always seem to think ‘the grass is greener on the other side’. Often when they come home in the afternoon and go into their rooms, they begin to steal the green branches from each other through their partitions. Today Sana Sana came down in the first group and after having their milk she began to feed on her greens. However instead of feeding on the branches brought into her room, she reached into Sagala’s room and pulled through some of the branches which she thought looked even better than hers. When Sagala came in she noticed what her neighbour had done and took her revenge by pulling the same branches back through the gap. Sana Sana protested and a tug of war began, which the two girls eventually pulling each other’s trunks through the partition. The girls carried on like this for some time, until Sana Sana noticed her other neighbour Jotto was stealing her branches from the other side! She rushed to the other side of her room in an attempt to salvage her branches but she was too late as Jotto had successfully managed to pull through so many of them. It is funny how all the orphans steal each other’s share, and at the end of the day they all have the same branches, and hopefully all get the same share!  

Sagala leading orphans to morning activities

Sana Sana at the mud-bath area

Sattao finds a quiet browsing spot




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