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The hot day began in the early hours of the morning today. When the orphans finished their lucerne pellets it seemed as if there were two groups who wanted to go in different directions. Ziwa was one of the first to leave and he wanted to go one way with Ngasha and Faraja, and Sonje and Murera another. Some vultures were in the tree above and were fighting making very unique sounds which was unnerving for the elephants. The boys decided to walk back to where Murera and Sonje were standing with the young boys Mwashoti and Alamaya. Lima Lima was on the lookout and was wary of the sound coming from the trees. Lima Lima changed direction and showed Zongoloni where they should walk, so everyone started to follow behind to see where Lima Lima wanted to go. Murera however did not want to walk where Lima Lima and Zongoloni were going so they all had to change direction again as Murera and Sonje are the overall leaders to be respected by all.

Many buffaloes came to the waterhole again at mud bath time, trying to share the space with the orphans but it was an acceptable to Quanza and Jasiri who made their way to the buffaloes and began charging and trumpeting at them to leave the area. All the buffaloes left to leave them to enjoy their mud bath in peace.  

Quanza smelling the air

Lima Lima in the bushes

Ziwa finding some shade

Murera scratching


Alamaya thought himself very strong in the morning as he tried to push on some bigger, older elephants. He stayed behind Quanza however, knowing that if things changed and he was pushed hard Quanza would help rescue him. In the back Sonje was watching how eagerly Alamaya was pushing the big boys and girls, thinking how strong he was, but she knew these elephants were just being lenient and letting the little boy push against them to test his strength and tactics.

Today was a very busy pushing day for all the orphans. Some were charging the trees and kicking whatever they came across. Some trumpeting of wild elephants was heard in the forest alerted the keepers to be ready and watch out for them. As usual we had the help of lovely Lima Lima, who came to her favourite keeper Amos to tell her human family to be vigilant and care for themselves. The little Mwashoti made sure not to go in front of Murera whilst there were wild elephants about. A bull elephant approached Murera and Sonje but Murera stopped and looked for where Mwashoti was. Upon seeing Mwashoti she went to pick him up then all the keepers walked with Murera sideways to give the wild friends their own freedom and access to the orphans. Only Ziwa took his time with the wild bulls and later left when it was time for his milk bottle.

Murera browsing with the others

Ngasha and Ziwa playing at the dustbath

Zongoloni holding a stick

Orphans trying to cool down


Elephants were heard trumpeting along the Chyulu Hills National Park and Sonje wondered what the noise could be about. For a moment she thought the trumpet sounded a bit like Alamayaís voice but Lima Lima was with Alamaya and Mwashoti. Zongoloni walked looking for where the sound was coming from as well, but it was just some wild baby elephants who were walking in the hills with their families who were making that screaming noise that Sonje thought was from one of her babies. She and Zongoloni found that all the orphans were within the bushes so it must be some wild babies making that noise. When Murera and Sonje found that all the orphans were well spread in the bushes, they both turned to walk back to prepare for a mud bath and cool down their hot bodies with cold mud. This they did after their milk bottle as no orphan would wallow before having their bottle! 

Ziwa scratching

Alamaya after a mudbath

Orphans wallowing

Jasiri browsing in the forest


The orphans all left their rooms very slowly today and they were slow walking out to the bushes, leaving the keepers to wonder why Lima Lima and other babies were so slow today. Other days they come running out to the lucerne feeding corner. Sonje patted Mwashoti around his belly while Murera watched and waited for Mwashoti to come over as well. When Zongoloni later moved towards the gate all the boys moved to follow her, leaving Murera and Sonje with their baby boy Mwashoti. A sykes monkey jumped in the trees in celebration that the elephants were around to keep the baboons at bay and allow him to enjoy some of the lucerne pellets too. Later, after the orphans had moved out to the forest, the baboons invaded the lucerne area.

The waterhole was full of very many buffalos, walking and sleeping in the field. They had stayed there for some time and made it very dirty and full of flies. Murera and Zongoloni led the babies to wallow in the mud bath. Alamaya was pushed by Faraja to give way for space to wallow but Alamaya did not move, forcing Faraja to kick him with his back foot. Alamaya shouted for help from Lima Lima or Zongoloni who were close by; they came over and brought Alamaya out of the waterhole to leave Faraja alone. The walking patrol continued in the bushes all the way to the Chyulu Hills so they could keep feeding on the nice fresh branches they came across there.

Sonje heading to the milk bottles

Mwashoti enjoying a dustbath

Zongoloni dustbathing

Alamaya and Mwashoti strength testing


Yesterday the orphans looked desperate at the mud bath point, waiting for the bottle feeding time. When they saw a different vehicle from the car they are familiar with, they were not aware that it was the bottles being carried by the tractor. Lima Lima arrived to see what was in the tractor and when she found the bottles she got very excited, and called some other orphans to come for their bottles. Zongoloni grabbed her bottle just before keeper put it down on the ground, followed by Jasiri. Alamaya is only little with a short trunk and he tried but he could not reach the trailer. A keeper had to give him his bottle with Mwashoti as they could not reach. Some wild buffaloes appeared at the waterhole demanding to be given chance access to the water, and later they rolled in the waterhole to get mud on the heads as they felt very hot as well and wanted to cool down.  

Lima Lima waiting for milk

Sonje browsing in the field

Mwashoti walking on the road

Faraja having a drink at the broken pipeline




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