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Monthly Summary for: Nursery Unit - 8  /  2017

There was a lot of activity centered around the warthogs this month who have cleverly based themselves in the nursery compound and browse alongside the orphans and keepers during the day so they do not fall prey to the lions in Nairobi National Park. The orphans rarely welcome their company however and like to chase them away at every given opportunity, especially when they are trying to eat their precious lucerne pellets! There is always usually one orphan on guard at mud bath time when the orphans are given piles of this nutritious snack but sometimes it takes two to drive them away completely, like the day Rapa had to come and support Tagwa to chase them off. Sometimes even the babies Musiara, Sattao and Maktao join in, chasing baby warthogs around the area, although this is more for fun than for defense of their treats. Sometimes the orphans can be a little threatened by them though; the warthogs have grown so used to the elephants that they know they are full of empty threats and, one day, not even Mbegu, Kauro, Ndotto, Lasayen and Pare could chase away one of the big females. She simply raised her head and pointed her tushes at them and none of their mock charges or threatening stances with raised ears to persuade her to move. Eventually they had to concede those few lucerne pellets to her and her young. Most animals heed the warnings the orphans give them though, including the buffalos. They have been walking around the compound at dawn looking for leftover lucerne pellets from Maxwell’s stockade. One female buffalo tried to chase some of the keepers one day but big orphans Mbegu, Maramoja, Kauro, Godoma and Lasayen, Ndotto, Pare and Rapa marched towards her with their ears spread and trumpeting. They charged towards the buffalo which ran back to her herd and the elephants stamped around until all the buffalos had run away!

One buffalo upset Maxwell however when he came to eat the leftover lucerne pellets from the other side of Maxwell’s gate. Maxwell knew he was there and tried to knock on the metal gate with his horn but the buffalo still did not leave until Maxwell decided to mark his territory and spray the gate and the lucerne with his urine, making the buffalo leave almost at once.

Funny girl Kuishi was very entertaining at the mud bath area during the visiting hour this month. One day she came running in trumpeting and shoving everyone she came across. She found a bag belonging to one of the visitors by the rope cordon and mistook it for a football, and kicked it to Esampu who trumpeted and kicked it back to her, but luckily a keeper intervened and returned the bag back to the owner! Another day she was down on her knees pushing the plastic water trough with her head and trying to spill all the water out. The keepers cautioned her but a few minutes later she returned with her cheeky friend Esampu and they managed to spill the water, using the plastic trough as a football until Kuishi kicked the trough so hard it rolled into the mud pool bringing an end to their mischievous game.

Godoma and Esampu took matters into their own hands one day when the public were making too much noise during the visit and weren’t listening to the Head Keeper’s call for silence. Godoma walked along the line collecting dust in her trunk and any group she felt was making too much noise she would blow dust into the crowd. Esampu also stood on the edge of the mud pool and sucked muddy water into her trunk to spray on people who were talking and making too much noise!

We watched this month as the orphans foraged for extra nutrients in the dry weather, like those found in specific roots that they have to dig for. Some are better than others at uprooting these tasty treats like Rapa and Sana Sana, and then there are those like Murit, Tagwa and Malkia who prefer to wait until the others have finished toiling before taking the prize for themselves!

Little Mactau has settled down very well into life at the nursery and is very attached to the keepers, as is Musiara, which sometimes causes fights to break out between the two as they fight for attention. He doesn’t seem to get on with Ambo very well who took it very personally when Maktao was in a pushing mood; to this day, Ambo doesn’t like to browse with him. He can also be a little mischievous and at mud bath time, he stands by the wheelbarrow and tries to steal more milk! Little Sattao has decided to spend more time with some of the older orphans like Kauro, Ndotto, Ndiwa and Maramoja further away from the keepers, which is good as he can learn valuable skills from them whilst they forage.

On the 23rd of August we rescued a young emaciated male elephant from the Tsavo Conservation Area who we named Emoli and who is still building up his strength to join the others out in their forest for their daily routine. Tamiyoi is his stable neighbour and has grown very fond of him, sometimes reluctant to leave her bedroom in the morning and join the others as she wants to stay behind with him.

Kiko was chased around by the elephants as usual whenever he tried to approach them this month. But one day he encountered some wild giraffes that had three infants his own age. He showed some initial interest in the youngsters at first, but then walked away and then ran towards the elephant orphans when the adults started to follow him. Rapa, Maramoja, Ndotto, Lasayen and Pare scared the adult giraffes away by charging at them and then Kiko ran back towards the stockades.  

Photos Taken During this Month for the Nursery Unit


Big girl Maramoja 8/1/2017

Little Musiara also charging around 8/1/2017


Lasayen playing in the forest 8/1/2017

Sweet Godoma 8/2/2017


Godoma looking after the younger ones 8/2/2017

Enkesha with her healing trunk 8/2/2017


Malkia ran to check on Enkesha 8/2/2017

Ngilai came across some buffalos 8/3/2017


Pare walking in the forest 8/3/2017

Esampu was nervous of the buffalos 8/3/2017


Kuishi was misbehaving at visiting 8/3/2017

Maktao playing with a stick 8/4/2017


Tiny little Musiara 8/4/2017

Murit with Jotto 8/4/2017


Ambo was not very happy Maktao pushed him! 8/5/2017

Ambo ready to push Maktao 8/5/2017


Orphans all browsing together 8/5/2017

Luggard relaxing 8/6/2017


Musiara leading the way 8/6/2017

Esampu and Maktao at mud bath 8/6/2017


Tagwa reaching for some branches 8/6/2017

Ndotto going to Musiara 8/7/2017


Ndotto enjoying a fun game on the ground 8/7/2017

Kauro going out to the forest 8/7/2017


It was Tagwa's turn to keep the warthogs away 8/7/2017

Luggard, Kuishi, Sattao and Lasayen 8/8/2017


Sweet Luggard out in the forest 8/8/2017

Rapa and Ndotto playing a pushing game 8/8/2017


All the orphans walking out to the forest 8/9/2017

Enkesha got very frightened  8/9/2017


Tamiyoi went running looking for the little ones 8/9/2017

Tamiyoi wanted to be with the babies 8/9/2017


Lasayen wanted to chase the warthogs 8/10/2017

Jotto went to chase them too 8/10/2017


Ngilai playing with a keeper 8/10/2017

Maktao with Sana Sana 8/10/2017


Kiko walking out to find the orphans 8/11/2017

Kiko having his milk 8/11/2017


Kiko watching the orphans through the bushes 8/11/2017

Orphans playing in the mud bath 8/11/2017


Kuishi looking for some tasty branches 8/11/2017

Esampu was running around being naughty 8/12/2017


Sattao running in for his milk 8/12/2017

Sattao yelling for his milk 8/12/2017


Ngilai going to play with Rapa 8/13/2017

Rapa in a very playful mood 8/13/2017


Godoma wanted to play as well 8/13/2017

Mama Mbegu came over and pushed Kuishi away 8/13/2017


Sattao decided to go with the older orphans today 8/14/2017

Ndiwa really enjoying her mud bath 8/14/2017


Lasayen was ready to push back 8/14/2017

Luckily Mbegu was around 8/14/2017


Mteto was scared by the buffalo 8/15/2017

None of the orphans paid any attention to her! 8/15/2017


Ndotto led the way 8/15/2017

Rapa beginning to dig up a root 8/16/2017


Murit came along to steal the root 8/16/2017

Sana Sana is good at digging up roots 8/16/2017


Malkia with Mbegu to the right 8/16/2017

Buffalos in the forest 8/17/2017


Ambo chewing on a stick 8/17/2017

Malkia in a playful mood 8/17/2017


Malkia, Godoma, Mteto, Mbegu & Sattao 8/17/2017

Ndiwa having a lovely mud bath 8/18/2017


Ndiwa playing and coming out of the mud bath 8/18/2017

Mundusi running in for her milk 8/18/2017


Jotto loves his human family 8/19/2017

Malima wanted to play with Jotto 8/19/2017


Sana Sana and Tagwa in the mud bath 8/19/2017

Poor little Sattao didn't want to cross the water 8/20/2017


Murit got stuck as well 8/20/2017

Tagwa came to help Sattao 8/20/2017


Malkia taking a nap 8/20/2017

Even Maramoja stuck close 8/22/2017


Godoma stayed with the group 8/22/2017

Ndotto browsing close to the others in the forest 8/22/2017


Rapa browsing with the others 8/22/2017

Ngilai was being very funny 8/23/2017


Ngilai having lots of fun 8/23/2017

Kuishi stamped around with Ngilai 8/23/2017


Kuishi was in a very playful mood 8/24/2017

Kuishi being so naughty! 8/24/2017


Esampu joined in the fun and games 8/24/2017

Pare is a quiet browsing mood 8/25/2017


Sweet little Jotto 8/25/2017

Malima, Kuishi and Malkia 8/25/2017


Malima enjoying a tasty root 8/25/2017

Kiko with young orphans including Sattao 8/26/2017


Kiko wasn't sure about the wild giraffes 8/26/2017

Rapa chased the giraffe's away 8/26/2017


Tamiyoi was very reluctant to leave her room  8/27/2017

Tamiyoi playing 8/27/2017


Esampu, Musiara, Jotto and Tamiyoi  8/27/2017

Kauro going to play with Ndotto 8/28/2017


Luggard with Murit 8/28/2017

Mbegu with Mundusi 8/28/2017


Musiara relaxing 8/29/2017

Kauro and Malkia behind with Musiara 8/29/2017


Sattao with Malkia 8/29/2017

Maxwell eating his lucerne by his gate 8/30/2017


Max chasing away some warthogs 8/30/2017

Orphans browsing in the forest 8/30/2017


Kiko, Lasayen and Enkesha 8/30/2017

Pare and Lasayen in the mud bath 8/31/2017


Pare looking all muddy 8/31/2017

Malkia coming out of the mud bath 8/31/2017
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