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The morning was good with the orphan elephants enjoying playing some hide and seek games, coupled with scratching games against the rocky outcrops in the stockade compound.

Mbirikani and Nelion took the lead of the orphan elephants leading them half way up the eastern side of Msinga Hill. Suswa, Arruba Kihari and Naipoki were left browsing at the foot of the Hill, as they wanted to be the first to arrive for the afternoon milk bottle; they emptied their first bottle in record time before proceeding to the main water hole to have a drink and a wallow. While bathing they were joined by a group of about 10 buffalos. Kihari and Naipoki came out of the water charging at the buffalos driving them away and preventing them from drinking any water. The buffalos waited patiently for the orphans to finish wallowing and once the orphan herd had left for the browsing fields they approached the water hole where they could drink and mud bath in peace.

Panda resting trunk on a rock

Naipoki and Kihari chasing the buffalo

Ngulia and Oltukai playing


Ndiwa is well known for sneaking down to the mud bath area at 11am with the younger group. Today she was with Tagwa and the two sneaky girls managed to escape from the keepers watching the older group and join the young ones down at the feeding area. They had their milk bottles and played around in that area and ate the greens. Eventually the younger group walked back out to the forest as the older group, which Ndiwa and Tagwa should have been in, made their way in. The two girls were causing trouble and demanding more milk bottles as they felt now it was their real time to feed, they should have more!

Later on Maktao was chasing the warthogs away from the area where the keepers were trying to have their lunch in the bush. He was having a rough time with it though as the warthogs would never retreat that far, as they were hoping for some leftovers! The little boy was going round and round trying to chase them away from his keepers. Esampu joined him a short while later and together they managed to chase the warthogs further away.

Tagwa sneaking away with Ndiwa

Ndiwa is a sneaky girl

Maktao went to chase the warthogs

Esampu went to help Maktao

Sana Sana with muddy legs


Today Zongoloni seemed intent on disturbing the keepers who were enjoying their lunch while sitting under a tree near the mud bath. Alamaya saw Zongoloni headed towards the keepers and reacted quickly pushing Zongoloni away to allow the keepers to finish their lunch in peace, especially as the orphans had been able to have their noon milk bottle without any dramas. Sonje saw that Alamaya was looking out for the keepers and rumbled at the rest of the orphan herd to leave the keepers alone, knowing that it would not be long before the keepers were back among the orphan herd.

Ziwa made his way to Faraja today and grabbed his tail. Faraja turned to push him afraid that Ziwa might bite his tail as Jasiri had done in the past. Ngasha came to Faraja’s aid, helping him to push Ziwa away and reprimanding him while doing so as tail grabbing is not behaviour that the orphans tolerate very well; it seems that elephants do not really like having their tails grabbed and it is an insult!

Zongoloni at the mudbath

Lima Lima having milk

Ngasha enjoying the mudbath

Quanza feeding herself


Twelve wild elephants who came late at night, drank water and decided not to leave until early in the morning to have a second drink when the water was turned on. The elephants have learned with time that when the water in the water trough finishes there is always someone to turn it on, or a bowser to fill it up. So these elephants always exercise patience to receive more water, something that we humans can learn from them. The water was turned on and the wild elephants quickly quenched their remaining thirst before leaving one by one. Oltaiyoni was attracted to a wild born baby that was waiting for her mother to drink water. The wild born baby acted tough towards Oltaiyoni knowing that her mum was just close by if things turned ugly. The clever Oltaiyoni knew that if she mishandled the five month old, things would not turn out well since the baby might raise an alarm and its mum would come running to defend her.

Later in the bush the orphans were joined by Kilaguni and Bomani who later left with Laragai and her group. At mud bath it was really hot prompting the orphans to wallow in the water for a long time. In the afternoon, the sun was still hot making the orphans relax under a tree for nearly two hours before browsing again. In the evening, Wanjala took a break from feeding to participate in a soil dusting exercise. Only Laragai reported back to the stockade late in the evening, the rest of her group didn't come back as they know once they are in the stockade, the gate would be locked and Laragai will not be able to let them out. It is ironic that Laragai is sometimes the only one to return considering she was the one that used to let all the others out!

Karisa browsing

African wild dogs drinking

Wanjala soil dusting

Kilaguni all muddy


The orphans welcomed the day with games of hide and seek around the stockade compound before leaving for the browsing field. Later in the day Ndoria separated from the rest of the orphan herd, pushing for Ajali to join her but was not successful.

The sky cleared up and it became quite hot forcing the orphans to seek shelter under an acacia tree. They then made their way to the baobab water hole in groups of five for their milk bottle and a wallow. Kihari had a private bathing moment in a shallow and muddy small water hole next to the big one while Ndii played with Tahri who sat on her stomach rubbing her bottom from side to side. The afternoons browsing activities took place close to the water hole.

Ishaq-B at bottle feed

Arruba at bottle feed

Kihari enjoying wallowing




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