Search By Keyword:

Print this Page - Sheldrick Wildlife TrustThe Orphan / Keyword you have Selected to view is SANA SANA
(Print this Page)

Total Daily Entries found: 126
Entries below from Page #2 of 26 : From  6 - 10 
(To search the Summary for an overview of the nursery orphans from each month click here)




During the public visit today, most of the orphans showed no interest in mud bathing as they had already had so much fun in puddles and small mud holes they had found out in the forest that morning. Big boys like Ndotto, Murit and Lasayen and some of the big girls like Mbegu, Godoma, Sana Sana, Tagwa, Mteto, Sagala and Ndiwa had all rolled around in the mud that morning, a joyful event which also saw youngsters like Malima, Emoli, Tamiyoi, Jotto, Ambo, Musiara, Sattao, Kiasa, Mapia and Enkesha all join in too and take their time getting nice and muddy before it was time for their 9 o’clock bottle feeding. By the time it was the public visit, none of the orphans bothered mud bathing and some like Maktao and Sattao were enjoying pushing games. Maktao was chasing Sattao along the rope cordon trying to climb on him, a game he is always fond of just like our big boy Ndotto! Sattao was trying to resist him by turning to head butt him, but Maktao persisted! Jotto and Ambo decided to start a similar game with Malima and chased her next to the rope cordon trying to climb on her, but Malima was wise to their ways and went and sought refuge by standing next to Godoma. The two boys were left with no option other than to turn to each other and start a wrestling game of their own! 

Mbegu having her milk

Sagala in the mud

Ndiwa getting nice and muddy


This morning we received a tiny orphan from the DSWT airwing; the tiny elephant was brought by the DSWT helicopter having been rescued from the Kimana area within the Amboseli Conservation area. The baby drank its milk formula very well and settled into its new environment, under the 24 hour care and protection of the keepers. Once finished with its milk and guided to its new stable, the baby did not spend very long walking around before it settled down to sleep after its tiring ordeal.

During the public visit today the temperature was soaring prompting the orphans to quickly drink their milk bottles and get into the mud pool to cool down. The public watched on as Godoma and Sana Sana playfully entered the pool by lying on the edge, dangling their trunks inside before sliding their bodies in, splashing the public standing nearby. This was their new favourite game – getting out of the mud and sliding into the mud pool again making a big splash.

Godoma having milk

Sana Sana at the mudbath

Mbegu having milk


Sana Sana and Lasayen were busy enjoying a branch that Ndotto had pulled down and left when the playful Ngilai provoked him, causing a pushing game. Little did Sana Sana know but the naughty girl Esampu was approaching from behind. She pushed Sana Sana who then bumped into Murit who had recently walked over to also enjoy some of the branch. The ruckus drew the attention of Godoma who swiftly engaged the naughty girl in a serious fight, before the keepers came over to intervene and separate the two girls. Esampu’s bad moo carried on throughout the private visit when she tried to get extra milk from Ambo who rumbled his displeasure loudly, alerting the matriarch Mbegu who was just running in to have her own bottles. Mbegu pushed Esampu away from the group to go and browse with the others who had already finished their milk. 

Sana sana moving quite quickly

Lasayen at mudbath

Godoma and Lasayen


At exactly 6.30am Shukuru alighted from the lorry and once again set foot in the Nairobi Nursery. She has not been fairing well at Ithumba and has always been a sickly elephant, but if there is any chance for her we strongly believe it is here at the Nairobi Nursery. She was received by several of the orphans like Malkia, Murit, Lasayen and some others. Tamiyoi was especially interested in learning who this new and very large orphan might be, as at 8 years old Shukuru dwarfed all of the babies in the nursery. Tamiyoi touched the big girl with her tiny trunk and Luggard came from the other side to smell the ‘new’ arrival as well, but Mbegu, Sana Sana and Malkia moved away as they seemed to be a bit afraid of the new girl! They kept moving away from her even though she was interested in greeting them. Kiasa was the funniest as she followed right behind the older girl but was quick to move away if Shukuru turned to greet her! 

Shukuru heading out for the day after her arrival

Tamiyoi browsing

Kiasa dustbathing

Shukuru walking with the rest of the orphans


Kiko was feeding on some acacia trees a short distance away from where the rest of the orphans were. As he was enjoying his browse, four wild giraffe’s approached. Kiko stood still staring at them, and one that looked younger than him moved closer trying to smell him. After a few minutes, the cowardly Kiko rushed back to where the other orphans were, leaving the wild visitors wondering what to do. The giraffes then drew the attention of the elephants, with playful girls like Malima mock-charging the motionless animals. Malkia, Mteto, Kuishi and Godoma then charged in as Murit, Ambo, Jotto, Sana Sana and Ndiwa backed them up. Upon seeing the little elephants charging towards them the wild giraffes turned and disappeared back into the Park.

Enkesha’s love for mud baths continues and was very evident during the public visit today. She drank her milk bottles in a big hurry before going to fully immerse herself in the mud bath. It was funny to see the little girl fully submerged in the muddy water as she swam from one corner to the other.


Kiko browsing

Malima and Kuishi

Ndiwa smelling the camera

Enkesha heading to the bushes




Page Navigation:      | Previous Page |      | Next Page |    

Search By Keyword:

View Keeper's Diary By Month

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust   P.O. Box 15555 Nairobi Kenya

Copyright © 1999-2017, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. All Rights Reserved. | Privacy Policy