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Alamaya only splashed part of his body at the waterhole, leaving one side of his body completely dry. Ngasha saw him walking away and assumed he was done bathing, but he got pushed back by Faraja and Lima Lima who blocked his way so he could take a proper bath! Shukuru sometimes has her mud bath independently, and rolls around in the mud to the side away from the pushy boys who might try and climb on her. Shukuru and Ziwa took the best baths today though, while others just splashed water on themselves before walking back to the forest to look for more vegetation.

As the day drew to a close and the orphans were getting ready to head back to the stockades, some antelopes crossed the path from behind. Ziwa and Ngasha got such a fright they over reacted, and Ngasha ran away so fast he tripped over!

Sonje scratching on a tree

A keeper talking to Alamaya

Ngasha enjoying the water pool


It was a sunny afternoon and all the orphans were gathered under some big trees to protect themselves from the scorching sun. The tallest of all the orphans, the giraffe Kiko, was behind the bushes nearby, and his head was visible above the tree tops where he was feeding. Little boys like Musiara, Sattao and Maktao lay in the shade, at times flapping their ears to keep cool. Luggard was busy spraying himself with mud from a nearby drying stream. All of a sudden a group of gazelles emerged from the bushes running and making a lot of noise. The elephant orphans relaxing on the ground got up with a fright and Luggard hurried over to join them. Kiko got a fright too and ran with long strides towards the keepers. He stood still between the keepers and the elephants, staring in the direction the gazelles had run from. Using his height to his advantage he looked in all directions, and when everything seemed calm and there was no sign of danger, he started his journey towards the stockades. It was too early for bed, but he obviously felt scared now and wanted the reassurance of being in the stockade compound.  

Kiko in the bushes

Maktao, Mapia and Sattao



The orphan elephants walked out of their stockades in a happy mood, downing a morning milk bottle and settling down to enjoy their copra cake supplements. The orphans then played various games around the stockade compound.

Lentili sat on her bottom and moved round and round. Her game was noticed by Ishaq-B who came to join her, walking down the steep stockade terrace to get to Lentili who by then had stopped playing and had headed off for a scratching session. Ishaq-B engaged Arruba in a pushing game which became quite heated and needed the intervention of the keepers. Panda enjoyed scratching her bottom on a rock close to the stockade water trough, after which she went and sat on top of the red earth pile for a soil dusting game.

Laikipia arrived at the stockade compound soon after the juniors had left for the day. He had a drink of clean water before enjoying his share of copra cake. He left 20 minutes later.

Panda scratching in the morning

Lentili sitting down games

Wild Elephant and calf at the stockade


The sky was clear in the morning and this was an indication of a hot day a head. The senior ex-orphans Galana, Nasalot, Lualeni, Loijuk and a hot-tempered wild female elephant in the company of Olare, Chaimu and Makiretiís groups showed up early in the morning before the orphans were let out. As soon as the orphans were let out, the ex-orphans joined them to feed on lucerne. Baby Nusu and baby Gawa had great fun as they enjoyed playing with Esampu, Mundusi and Mteto who are only slightly older than them. Mundusi, Mteto and Esampu who have completely settled in appeared to enjoy every moment they shared with the wild born babies Nusu and Gawa. An hour later, the ex-orphans parted ways with the juniors. The rebels, Kithaka, Laragai, Barsilinga, Garzi, Lemoyian and Sirimon left with the ex-orphans while the dependent orphans headed to Kone area where they settled to browse. Karisa and Oltaiyoni took a break from feeding to participate in a game of scratching against the nearby trees, while Mundusi, Mteto and Esampu had a light game of soil dusting.

Shortly before eleven o'clock in the morning, the temperature rose high, prompting Esampu, Naseku, Karisa and Sapalan to seek shelter under a tree as they looked forward to a nice cooling swim at mud bath time. At eleven o'clock in the morning, the orphans met with the ex-orphans at mud bath and enjoyed wallowing followed by a soil dusting exercise. Later on, the groups again parted ways only to meet again at the stockade in the evening. The dry season is now fast approaching, water holes are drying up and we are sure the ex-orphans will be around now until the next rainy season. We are sure that soon those ex-orphans we have not seen for a while and wild elephants will start to turn up soon for water.

Chemi Chemi and Orwa

Naseku relaxing

Mteto soil dusting


Some baboons were shouting during the night close to the stockade compound as they heard the leopard return. There was such a noise the keepers came out to look in the trees to see if they could see anything. With the help of Lima Lima and Zongoloni pointing up at the trees with their trunks, the keepers saw the big leopard relaxing in the trees close to the fence line near the stockades. Leopards do not pose a threat to our orphans but the presence of a big cat will still make them nervous and unsettled. The leopard saw the lights and heard the sounds from the keepers and the rumbling from the elephants and became quite afraid, so he got down from the tree and walked away, leaving the orphans (and keepers!) in peace once more.  

Faraja and Ziwa playing a pushing game

Lima Lima picking soft acacia branches

Shukuru looking so nice




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