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Sometimes we think that almost every kind of character we find in people we can also find in the elephants as well. With this in mind there has been one orphan who we have looked upon recently as being very generous, and that is Sana Sana. She is a very generous girl and you will never normally find her fighting with any of the others over food. Most evenings when she returns home to her stockade she is left with hardly any green browse in her room as her neighbours Sagala and Jotto always steal it through the partitions, but she never fights them or loses her temper. With Maktao and Kiasa the case is very different. These two little neighbours charge and fight each other through their partition over their food. Maktao finds it okay for Enkesha on the other side to share his food with, but for some reason not Kiasa! When Kiasa then comes across Maktao out in the forest during the day, it is like she wants to seek revenge for what has happened during the evening, very much unlike Sana Sana.

It is so interesting for us to hear the orphans communicating, even if we are unsure what they are saying. When a Keeper arrived out in the forest this morning at around 8am with a radio handset, the Keepers then started communicating between those in the stockades and in the forest. Tagwa, Luggard, Enkesha and a few others were close to the Keepers. Ndiwa and Malkia also heard the radio and Malkia rumbled, and Ndiwa too. Tagwa who was closest to the Keeper with the handset must have answered whatever question might have been posed as she offered up a very strong and long low rumble. To confirm their communication even more, Enkesha and Luggard raised their trunks in the air as if they were trying to smell something. We suspect their communication was all about the fact it was nearly milk time, and this is what they had learnt from the fact the radio handsets were making noise, as the Keepers always communicate when it comes close to feeding time.

A very relaxed Sana Sana

Sagala browsing deep in the forest

'Jotto crossing the water with Maktao


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


Jotto is a calm boy; friendly and very gentle. Recently he has become a good play mate to Sana Sana as well. Before the others moved to Tsavo, Sana Sana did not show that much interest in interacting with the others, or more that she was not one of the most playful. She did not show that much interest in taking care of the little babies either, as that role was filled by Mbegu, Godoma, and some of the others. These days she seems to have started taking on more of that responsibility. Tagwa and Malkia might have most of the interest in leading the Nursery herd, but we have really noticed a difference in Sana Sana too. She appears to have taken to Musiara most of all, playing with him and also waiting for him sometimes when they are walking to different areas.
Tamiyoi has always been very caring of the youngsters. When they were walking down in the first group for their midday milk bottles, she was further ahead than Maktao and Sattao. However she stopped to wait when she got to the small stream as she knows they do not like crossing the water. She helped them across by waiting and then leading them through, and then they all proceeded to walk forward for their milk bottles.  

Sana Sana and Tagwa entwining trunks

Jotto trying to push Tagwa

Sagala enjoying the lush grass


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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