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Today is the only day we are closed in the whole year but the elephants do not know that, or that it is Christmas, and their day began like any other. They came out of their stockades to go and browse in the forest as usual and they were pretty calm today, and did not mess around like they do other mornings. The tiny baby was not left behind as she was seen struggling to reach up to Mbegu’s ears, as she is fond on suckling on hers, Tagwa’s and Godoma’s ears for comfort.

Soon after the 3pm milk feed, Ndotto, Lasayen, Mundusi, Ngilai and Ndiwa challenged the keepers and sneaked away from the group to browse deep in the forest right up until 5pm, when they still showed no intention of coming home as they were busy enjoying the tasty vegetation they had found! It was funny when Mundusi and Ndiwa saw the keepers as they got a fright, which frightened the others and they all went running back to the stockades on their own.

The little baby sucking on Tagwa's ear

Mbegu, Tagwa and the little baby

Ndotti sniffing

Mundusi heading to a green branch


As the sun rose today the orphans made their way out to the forest to browse as usual. The babies are usually led by Mbegu but today Shukuru led them out. She could be seen high above the others like Murit, Maisha, Emoli and Sagalla who followed behind her. Malkia, Tagwa and Mundusi were not far behind. The herd reached an open area in the forest just as the sun rose and started to warm their backs. Two orphans were delighted by the rising temperature as day broke; Kiasa and Maktao were engaged in a light pushing game and then Sattao joined them, followed shortly by Enkesha. Musiara then came over as well but not to join in the game. He lay down on the warm ground and spread his legs and stretched his trunk out, which inadvertently brought an end to the game as the others decided to come over and join him on the warm ground. Their ears flapped in excitement. Playful Ngilai came over and spread his big body out, landing on Kiasa who screamed out for help. The fun came to an end as Mbegu came running over to help Kiasa.

It was quite hot during the public visit and the orphans enjoyed a mud bath during their time at the mud hole. The playful girl Malima sprayed the visitors with drops of mud as she enjoyed her bath. It was hard to get Luggard out of the bath as the first group made their way back to the forest! As the second group started coming in for their milk, the defiant Luggard was still rolling around in the mud. Mteto drank her milk in a hurry before launching herself into the mud; so did the rest of the group except for Ndotto who just dusted himself with loose soil throughout his time at the mud hole area.

Orphans heading to the forest

Tagwa browsing

Ngilai sniffing

Sagalla browsing with the others


It is so lovely to see the bond between Mbegu and her babies Ambo, Sattao and sometimes even Musiara as well. Despite their age difference Ambo and Sattao often browse close to their adopted mother. Musiara often doesn’t want anyone else to browse next to Mbegu when he is there, apart from Ambo, whereas Sattao is much more tolerant. Today as the orphans moved further into the forest more of the babies wanted to browse next to Mbegu, but this didn’t sit well with Musiara. In his bid to deter anyone else from touching ‘his’ Mbegu he knocked poor Maisha and then Emoli received the same treatment as well. Maktao too came forward and touched Mbegu with his trunk before he met resistance from the feisty Musiara, but he in turn decided to fight back, and a fight ensued. It looked light hearted at first but then Musiara took it seriously. Maktao is younger than Musiara but strong, and pushed Musiara into a nearby tree. Musiara shouted for help and Sattao came to his rescue, despite his earlier behaviour. Kiasa came in to support Maktao however, until Malkia came in to separate all the fighting babies. Mbegu’s attention had been focused on the smallest baby who had joined them all in the forest. The limping Luggard was seen following Ndiwa and Mundusi as they moved further into the thicket to search for more browse, whilst Jotto and Mapia decided to hang around the keepers whilst the others browsed. 

Mbegu and Musiara browsing together

Maisha browsing

Emoli browsing


Kiasa was in a sassy mood today and decided to dodge the keepers like she used to do. After the 3pm visit and milk feed all the elephants seemed relaxed and composed, quietly browsing in the bushes around where the keepers were. Neither the keepers nor the mini matriarchs noticed that Kiasa had left the group and taken herself back to the stockade compound, where she was sharing Maxwell’s lucerne near his gate. It took the effort of two keepers to convince her to come back to the forest where the others were browsing. Before she reached the group, she rumbled loudly, drawing the attention of Mbegu and Tagwa. They came over to see what was happening as the little boys Musiara and Sattao approached as well. Musiara moved closer to touch Kiasa with his trunk but she was in a bad mood and pushed him away.

It was a hot afternoon and Ndotto, Lasayen and Mundusi moved deeper into the forest looking for cooler areas under the trees. They walked further away but then came across two lone buffalo bulls. They wagged their ears and bashed down some bushes as they came running back, led by Ndotto, back to where the others were browsing.

Kiasa arrives for milk

Maxwell walking around his stockade

Lasayen browsing


Esampu’s naughty character continued during the public visit today. The funny girl wanted to get an extra bottle and was willing to apply all tactics in order to accomplish this! She even went down on her front legs beside the milk wheelbarrow just to get an extra slurp of the delicious formula. She kicked out at Mundusi as he enjoyed his last bottle but this annoyed this ‘no nonsense’ elephant and he pushed Esampu to the ground, keeping her there despite her cries for help. Eventually Mbegu came over to rescue her. To show her anger, Esampu pushed Mteto into the mud hole as she walked past, before the keepers calmed her down. Ngilai emerged from the mud hole, fully covered in mud, and ran along the rope cordon line, spraying the visitors with mud. Sana Sana stayed in the mud until the last possible moment, and then, unbeknownst to the keepers, she decided to take a different route through the crowd, making sure that anyone who dared to touch her got very muddy as well.

Luggard and Tamiyoi were quietly sharing a branch together than Lasayen had broken just before. Murit came over to join them and at that moment, a warthog came running past which scared poor Luggard. He went limping off yelling for help and Tagwa stepped in to chase the warthog away.

Naughty Esampu

Mundusi borwsing

Ngilai near the mudbath

Luggard at mudgath




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