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It has been a week since Shukuru returned back to the Nursery from Tsavo for further diagnostics to get to the bottom of her ailing health. From observing her over the past few days it appears that she recalls her Nursery days very well! Despite having been in Tsavo for the past 4 years, she knows her way around and his not fazed by any of the visiting times. During her first public visit since being back she behaved very calmly despite there being a large number of people due to the holiday season; having been used to only her friends, her keepers and other wild elephants in Tsavo for a number of years, she seems to be peacefully slotting into life back in the Nursery with no trouble. She is such a quiet and lovely elephant and we hope we can get to the bottom of what is ailing her soon. 

Shukuru at the mudbath

Orphans on the horizon

Orphans busy browsing

Sweet Shukuru


Kiasa hasn’t quite adapted to the daily routine of the Nursery just yet. She is always causing trouble by fighting to get home to the stockades from the forest. She does not seem to be settled out in the field within the herd and this makes it hard for them to make friends. This morning, like some other mornings, Tagwa was trying to keep Kiasa under her care, together with Malkia, but Kiasa kept running up and down dodging the keepers, wanting to go back home. After all the routes were blocked she managed to sneak through the bushes and went to the mud bath area. It is suspected that her love for the milk formula is also something to do with this!

Boys will always be boys and it seems that Kauro and Ndotto are out to prove how grown up they are. Everything they go out into the forest they want to be independent. Today when the time for the 3pm milk bottle drew closer, all the orphans moved towards their keepers, but Kauro and Ndotto were nowhere to be seen. The keepers called their names but they did not come, and they decided to move the group towards the mud bath assuming that the two had already gone there. They were not there and both Ndotto and Kauro missed the session. When the others had already gone back to the forest, they showed up to the feeding area and found everyone had already gone. They traced the group and Mbegu saw them approaching from a distance. She walked to greet them and the three decided to browse where they were for the rest of the afternoon. We knew that Kauro was ready for Tsavo, as he had already moved down but had come back to the Nursery due to illness, but it appears Ndotto is growing ready for this next phase as well!

Ndotto finds his way back to the herd

Ndiwa and Sana Sana

Sagalla and Sapalan rush for their 5pm milk feed


In the morning Mutara’s group of Ex Orphans visited the stockade to share the lucerne cubes with the dependent orphans. We watched as the orphans had a relaxing morning and Kamok scratched her bottom while Kauro scratched his neck. They all interacted and ate lucerne cubes together. Later the orphans walked out to the bush to browse leaving the Ex Orphans behind.

Sokotei scratched on a termite mound while Lemoyian threw soil in the air. The other orphans were busy browsing and later, Mutara’s herd came to join them again. Karisa seemed rather overexcited for no reason and the other elephants steered clear of him! Kithaka was very busy browsing while Kamok and Boromoko were busy play-fighting.

It was not very hot when the orphans went to the mud bath to have their noon milk bottle, and the elephants went straight to the water trough after their milk and then out to the bush to browse again. They chose not to wallow today. They all browsed until evening.

Today we found a wild bull limping near the stockade and the DSWT/KWS Tsavo vet unit came to treat him. After the treatment he got up and walked away.

Orwa and Kamok browse

Vet working on the injured elephant

Injured elephant walks away after treatment


It was a nice beginning to the day with the orphan elephants running out of their stockades and emptying a morning milk bottle before settling to feed on Lucerne grass. There was some games of hide and seek around the stockade compound before walking out to the browsing grounds for the morning browsing session.

Late morning one of the Trust’s pilots, Neville, saw an orphan male elephant calf aged about 5 years in the Sobo area near Tsavo east rhino sanctuary. The orphan had a huge swelling on the lower part of his left jaw. The veterinary unit that was out in the field was mobilized and monitored the calf until the rescue team arrived from the Voi stockades. Upon approaching the calf it collapsed, another drought victim, and the decision was made to rescue it so that is could be treated and the necessary drips administered. The calf was not able to get back to its feet the whole day and into the night.

Orphan rescued in the Sobo area

Orphans relaxing in the shade

Orphans heading to the baobab water hole


Out in the bush this morning all the orphans were browsing on the fresh green vegetation that has grown since the rains started. There were no games this morning, even from the boys who usually enjoy pushing games to test their strength against each other.
There was chilly weather this morning with frequent showers which meant none of the orphans dared to go into the mud bath. Some were seen along the rope cordon trying to shelter under people’s umbrella’s! Youngsters like Musiara, Sattao, Emoli, Maisha and even Jotto ran to shelter under the Keepers’ umbrella’s when the rain got very hard. Emoli and Maisha then struggled to find shelter together with one visitor who had an umbrella. As some were searching for shelter from the rain, others like Tamiyoi, Malima, Esampu, Ambo, Murit, Godoma, Kuishi and Enkesha were playing on the soil pile; dusting, rolling and bumping into one another.

In the afternoon we received a new young bull from the Tsavo Conservation Area, who had been found in a collapsed state. He was rescued and brought to the Nairobi Nursery by the DSWT helicopter and was immediately put on an IV drip to try and bring him back.

Ambo leads orphans to the mudbath

Emoli enjoys the lush grass after the rains

Enkesha onher way to mud-bath




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