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Itís the last day of the year and it was another sunny day. The babies were engaged in all different activities. Some, like Sattao, Kiasa, Musiara, Maisha and Maktao were playing push and pull games. Some of the big girls like Kuishi, Sagala and Tagwa were pulling and picking branches from the tops of some small trees. The biggest Nursery boys, Jotto and Ambo, were basking in the sun. Kiko was enjoying as usual from the tops of the trees nearby. The playful girls Malima and Tamiyoi were play-chasing him around as he tried to browse. He was enjoying all the different leaves, and at once stage bent low so he could sample some of the tasty ones from a smaller shrub as well. Tiny Maarifa was warming her little body in the sun as well, as her Keepers stood by her and watched for her safety as she took a little nap. The year of 2018 ended well for all the little orphans in the Nairobi Nursery.  

Tagwa at the 9am feed

Sattao with a mouthful of grass

Malima catching a wild scent


The day began as usual and was just like any other day. The orphans moved through the forest in the company of their Keepers and because it was a sunny day all the orphans were happy and seemed to enjoy the morning. The weather was so nice and the temperature so favourable, that the newest arrivals Dololo and Mukkoka did not even need to wear blankets. Musiara was enjoying the sunshine the most, and stood basking in an open area. He then decided to roll on the ground and lie with his feet in the air, making the most of the warmth. Maktao, who is always close to his beloved Keepers, was busy dusting his body with loose soil. Tagwa, Kuishi, Tamiyoi, Sagala and Jotto were not as interested in warming themselves, and chose instead to browse from the nearby leafy trees. Enkesha joined Maktao to dust as well. Soon, Kiko decided to join the follow the elephants and he was browsing from every tree he came across. Malima, who is always so playful, was mock-charging a group of impalas who were close by, and Emoli and Sattao were busy chasing some warthogs who were passing by Ė it was a very jovial and happy festive day. 

Dololo enjoying the sunshine

Musiara took advantage of the sun

Jotto spraying water with his trunk


The weather was cloudy and windy today as the orphans started to make their way out to the forest this morning. Dololo and Mukkoka wore blankets as usual in the colder weather. Sattao, Musiara, Maktao and the playful boy Emoli made sure they were sandwiched between the bigger orphans for warmth. Emoli was trying to keep close to Jotto but Jotto wasnít in a good mood and didnít want the babies around him and he ended up pushing poor Emoli. This irritated Sagala who was standing close by and she fought back for Emoli.

The orphans were all browsing from nearby bushes as the Keepers were having their tea and breakfast. Ambo, Tamiyoi and Mapia browsed a short distance away from the others and the Keepers were unaware of their motive, which was actually to sneak off. The sneaked behind the Keepersí backs and disappeared into the thicket, only to emerge some time shortly before the 9am milk feed. As the babies were enjoying their milk, Kuishi, who had already finished hers, was spotted looking around for any milk that had spilled into the wheelbarrow or that was left in the empty bottles, and was sucking up any that she found as she finds her milk formula so delicious.

Emoli browsing with the older orphans

Kuishi walking back to the 9am feed area

Tamiyoi enjoying the lush green grass


The visitors love that Maarifa is attending the public visiting time for the first few minutes now. As the little tiny baby rhino runs down for the visit with her Keepers, all eyes turn to see her enter the mud bath area. The visitors were so happy to see her today and little Maarifa raised her ears up to understand what was happening. As she got closer to the visitors she stopped running and walked slowly behind her Keepers, as she made her way around the mud bath area before running back out into the forest.

Musiara and Sattao are becoming even closer friends and they love to do almost everything together. They donít mind sharing things with each other either, like browse or water from the water trough too. Today was not quite the same however as Musiara was the first down for his bottle, and then thought that he could share Sattaoís milk bottle too but of course Sattaoís friendship did not extend quite that far! He protested loudly, shouting while trying to drink his milk, and when he was done the two boys had a pushing game as Sattao showed how annoyed he was with Musiara. They were pushing and pulling each otherísí trunks until Tamiyoi came over and separated them to restore the peace.

Maarifa loves spending time with her Keepers

Jotto sucking his trunk after 11am feed

Tamiyoi with Mapia after the 11am feed


When the orphans like to go deeper into the forest, Luggard will always like to stay behind. He will go as far as the distance he is comfortable covering, and then will stop and browse on the bushes in that place with a Keeper for company. This morning it was a wet one and there was a lot of soft green vegetation everywhere, so he felt no real need, considering his bad leg, to waste lots of energy accompanying the herd on their long walks. Sometimes some of the babies want to stay and keep him company too. Today Maktao didnít want to leave Luggardís side.

Dololo is improving so much and his relationship with Mukkoka is growing too Ė these two always seem to be together. Dololo is starting to put on weight and his general interaction with the herd is improving. Mukkoka loves hanging around the older elephants too, and especially keeps tracking down Sagala, who doesnít seem to have much interest for the younger ones! Sattao is a good friend to Dololo as well, and also happens to be his neighbour in the stockade compound. Today Sattao spent most of his time together with Dololo, Mukkoka and Sagala.

Luggard enjoying the soft green vegetation

Sagala happy for Mukkoka to join him

Dololo with the older orphans




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