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When the orphans were walking out into the forest and many were happily walking through the bushes to begin their day of browsing, it was funny to watch Sattao, Maktao and Kiasa scared of getting their bodies all wet by the water that still clung to the bushes and leaves of the small trees. They stood tightly together in the open areas and watched the others move further into the woods. When Sattao saw his adopted mother disappear into the bushes he tried to follow her but he didnít want to walk through the same wet path. He retreated, yelling in protest and calling for his adopted mother to come back for him. It seemed to work as Mbegu quickly turned back to see what was happening and why the young boy was yelling. She then chose to browse along those nearby bushes where Sattao and his group were holding themselves, as she must have realized what the matter was.

It has been four days now that we have seen Shukuru leading Ndotto Ďs group of Ndiwa, Sagala, Mundusi, Ngilai, Mteto and Sana Sana far deep into the bush. She is so much more energetic, happy and browsing to her heartís content, compared to just a few months ago. Sometimes she is seen disciplining rough boys like Mundusi and Ngilai whenever they happen to be misbehaving in her presence.

Mbegu turning around to beckon Sattao

Keeper with wheelbarrow of milk

Shukuru leading the orphans for browsing


Lasayen and Murit are seen to be quite happy playmates these days and usually choose to play early in the morning as soon as they arrive in the forest. This morning as all the orphans settled out in the bush, Murit and Lasayen had a lengthy pushing game in which Murit took on Lasayen, and Lasayen readily accepted the challenge. Lasayenís best friend Ndotto is doing more of his own thing these days and spending a lot of time deeper in the forest, so it seems Lasayen has taken up playing with Murit for company!

During their midday milk feed today there was a heavy rainstorm and all the orphans sheltered under one huge tree together. It was funny to watch young warthog babies running under the orphans for shelter as well, though Malima, Tamiyoi, Jotto, Emoli, Enkesha, Godoma and Mteto kept chasing them away and pushing them out. As that was going on, Maktao and Sattao were busy fighting over who would shelter under the Mama Mbegu. At the same time Maktao seemed a little confused as he was trying to hide under the keepers umbrella, as well as Mbegu, and it seemed he could not decide which he preferred.

Murit after pushing games with Lasayen

Lasayen with his Keeper

Sattao trying to take shelter with Mbegu

Mteto browsing and being funny


Our morning was greeted by a heavy downpour that lasted for quite a few hours. This meant that some of the youngest orphans including Maktao, Sattao, Emoli, Kiasa, Enkesha, Musiara, Maisha and Luggard as well stayed inside. Tamiyoi, Malima and Mapia forced their way back into their stables for shelter whilst the bigger orphans like Mbegu, Ndotto, Ngilai, Ndiwa, Sana Sana, Mundusi, Lasayen, Mteto and Sagala were all busy enjoying rolling in the wet soil and muddy earth, and running through the flowing water everywhere as well.
During the public visit there was water everywhere, as the small stream which trickles past the mud bath was now in full flow. This made it difficult for Emoli, Maktao, Musiara, Maisha, Sattao and Kiasa to cross it for their milk bottles on the other side and initially they shied away from it. The keepers has to entice them over by showing them their milk bottles and slowly crossing the stream with them. Kiasa, Maktao and Musiara shouted out loud as they crossed the water! Godoma ran across the water for her milk bottle, trumpeting as she did so.

Mapia carefully crossing the slippery rocks

Enkesha and Edwin

Sattao chosing to stay a little closer to Mbegu


Little Kiasa who once upon a time gave her keepers a real headache about entering her stockade in the afternoon is now completely over that phase. We cannot believe she is the same girl that once totally refused to go into her room. She used to arrive in the compound and walk all the way down, only to see her stable door and turn, running away, yelling like crazy and running around or between the legs of the keepers to avoid going in! Her reaction came out of the blue and only lasted a few days, but we are glad she is over it. She happily wanders into her room for her milk bottle now, due to the love and care from her keepers who assisted her in getting through that funny phase. Also due to the support from Maktao, Enkesha, Maisha, Sattao, Emoli and Musiara who used to escort her back in the evenings and go into her stable with her to help her relax! Now she is a settled lovely little girl. 

Kiasa a happy settled girl now

Luggard browsing

Sagala running for his milk bottle


Just after the midday milk feed we had a heavy downpour which meant Maxwell got very excited and was running around his room, rolling in the mud and water that was running through his stockade! At one point we watched him running and playfully planting his horn into the ground before running and digging a big trench before heaving up a big chuck of soil, leaving a big chunk on his horn as well! He really did have a lot of fun running around and digging up mud.

Out in the forest the elephant babies were being very playful as well. Some were rolling in the mud, sliding and bumping into one another while the likes of Esampu, Malima, Tamiyoi, Jotto, Ambo, Enkesha, Emoli, Kiasa, Maisha, Musiara and Maktao were all scampering about, enjoying the running water as they splashed and kicked in the streams. Little ones like Musiara, Maktao, Kiasa, Sattao and Maisha were very happily running into the water and trumpeting when they came across big waves.

Maxwell resting after a playful morning

Sagala Tagwa and Tasayen crossing the stream

Maisha with Murit




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