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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


During the public visit today we watched Pare, Malkia and Mteto decide not to enjoy the lucerne pellets as usual after their milk bottles. Instead the others like Kauro, Maramoja, Mbegu, Sana Sana, Tagwa, Mundusi were all competing to enjoy these piles while Pare, Malkia and Mteto decide to go into the mud wallow and busy themselves spinning around, rolling and bumping against each other which really stole the attention of the visitors. They stayed there for the duration and were very reluctant to leave the mud pool even when the others had started to walk out to the forest. As they ran out of the pool trumpeting and protesting their departure, Malkia deliberately ran through to the other side of the rope cordon, intentionally muddying some of the visitors and leaving them laughing at her deliberate actions! She then happily sped off into the forest, stamping and trumpeting as she went. 

Pare and Lasayen in the mud bath

Pare looking all muddy

Malkia coming out of the mud bath


There are some babies in particular who are very attached and trusting of their human family; Jotto is one such boy. In the morning as soon as the orphans had arrived in the forest, he was hanging around the keepers when Malima joined him and he engaged her in a game. They started playing a ‘hide and seek’ sort of game, running around and hiding in the bushes. Their game went on and they went deeper into the bushes, just as the keepers moved to go and check on some of the other orphans that were browsing. When Jotto returned from his game the keepers were not where he had left them and he ran all over looking for them but in vain. He started to yell and he ran back to the stockades. Malima ran behind him as if to calm him down but he didn’t pay any attention to her and he just kept running and crying out. The keepers came to see what was happening and called his name as they saw him running far down the path. He turned and came running back to them, pretending as if nothing was wrong!

Ndiwa took Ngilai, Malkia and Sana Sana with her when she decided to sneak down early for milk today- they had their milk with the young ones and left altogether as well; sometimes when one of the orphans wants to do something naughty they will involve others as well so they do not get in trouble!

Jotto loves his human family

Malima wanted to play with Jotto

Sana Sana and Tagwa in the mud bath


Elephants in general love the taste of some plant roots and among the orphans there are those that know how to find them! There are those that toil away to get these roots as well and those that just stand around waiting to see if they can steal the fruits of this labour. Murit and Tagwa are a couple of these ‘scavengers’ and whilst Rapa diligently unearthed a root, before he could even have a taste, it was snatched away by Murit who then proceeded to have a fight with Tagwa over it. Rapa was annoyed with their behaviour and he gave up, moving away to browse on some nearby bushes.

A short distance away Sana Sana had identified her own special root and was toiling away in trying to unearth it, whilst be watched by Malkia. Sana Sana wasn’t ready to give up and surrender it to someone else, even when Malkia started pushing her. Mbegu was watching as well and realised the situation could develop further so she stepped over to separate them and deny either of them from getting the root.

Ambo seems to have been in a bad mood today as he pushed Esampu several times today for no reason. It is normally Esampu who is naughty but today Ambo seemed to be annoyed with her for some unprovoked reason. The first time she was just busy feeding on the pellets when Ambo head butted her and a keeper separated them. Then he went and head butted Jotto who was doing the same but Jotto didn’t let him get away with it and he engaged him in a fight to teach him a lesson.

Rapa beginning to dig up a root

Murit came along to steal the root

Sana Sana is good at digging up roots

Malkia with Mbegu to the right


Kiko had a hard time trying to join the orphans as they browsed in the forest this morning as Maramoja, Mteto, Sana Sana, Rapa, Pare, Ngilai and Tagwa ganged up against him and charged at him prompting him to run to the bushes. Mteto and some in the group kept charging after him though in an effort to drive him right away, and stamped around in the bushes trumpeting. Kiko has to watch from far away with his long neck poking out of the bushes to see.

During public visiting it was very sweet to watch little Musiara clambering over Kuishi who was enjoying her time soil dusting on the ground. As he was failing to climb over her body with his little legs he caused some laughs when he settled his little bottom against her head and decided to scratch himself there!

Kiko walking out to find the orphans

Kiko having his milk

Kiko watching the orphans through the bushes

Orphans playing in the mud bath

Kuishi looking for some tasty branches




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