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As soon as the orphans exited their night quarters in the morning they all went in search of acacia pods. Ziwa could not find anything and picked up a stick with his trunk and began to draw lines on the ground as if wanting to communicate something to the keepers. Of course all the keepers saw was squiggles which meant nothing to them.

Sonje tried to snatch the stick away from Ziwa and a running battle broke out between the two as they each tried to keep the stick for themselves and the keepers found their ongoing battle quite funny. A short while later the orphans all made their way to the forest for the morning browsing session.

Later on in the day the orphan herd made their way to the wild elephants waterhole where they all enjoyed a long mud bath to cool off as it was an extremely hot day and the orphans were all feeling the heat and could not wait to get into the water. Murera, Alamaya and Mwashoti headed to the center of the waterhole where it was quite deep and only their heads could be seen above the water, the younger boys thoroughly enjoyed the wallow with the adoptive mother Murera.

Limalima walking out to an open area

Orphans at the water trough

Ziwa scratching his bottom


This morning the orphans rushed to the forest while the keepers were still busy cleaning out their stockades. As the orphans were in such a rush to begin their day the keepers had to stop what they were doing to follow their charges and try and get them to slow down. Zongoloni was in the lead when some red horn bills screamed above the tress surprising Zongoloni who ran to the bushes to hide from what had startled her. Mwashoti followed Zongoloni and the two were soon joined by Alamaya who led them to Sonje.

In the evening, at around 4pm, some wild elephants came and joined the orphan herd as they were making their way to the waterhole for a second bond bath as they were all feeling quite hot following a long walk from Kenze where they had been climbing the hills. Murera and her baby boy Mwashoti looked very tired following the long walk home in the evening. Alamaya was the first to arrive at the stockades followed by Mwashoti who grabbed his bottle before any of the keepers could give it to him.

Zongoloni leads orphans to midday feed

Faraja picking green soft leaves

Ngasha continues to wallow whilst the rest leave


This morning Murera and Sonje began their day by browsing on pods that the wind had blown from the acacia trees during the night. The rest of the orphans were quick to join them and they all busied themselves picking up pods to feed on. Quanza stood a short distance away and watched them while she enjoyed the lucerne pellets that had been put out by the orphans. Ziwa suddenly remembered that pellets had been put out for them but by the time he got there he became upset and started to complain and fight with Quanza.

Quanza led the group to the Chyulu Hills where Lima Lima found some fresh vegetation for the group to feed on. Alamaya followed Lima Lima’s every single step putting his feet exactly where hers had been so that he could feed on the branches that she pulled down for him as he was too small to reach them. Mwashoti, Sonje, Murera and Zongoloni browsed together as a group while Ziwa, Jasiri and Ngasha walked ahead while Ziwa, Jasiri and Ngasha moved further away from the group acting as if they were independent big boys who did not need to be among the matriarchs of the group.

Orphans early morning drink of water

Orphans ready for morning activities

Mwashoti and Alamaya pushing games


Today Mwashoti was in an energetic mood and was acting older than he actually is. The keepers saw him continuously trying to mount the older girls even though they are older and bigger than he is. He was seen play mounting Sonje and Lima Lima while Alamaya attempted to mount Zongoloni. The keepers were surprised by Mwashoti’s behaviour as he is usually one of the quieter orphans in the Umani orphans herd.
At the noon mud bath the orphans were all in a very jovial mood and could not wait to cool off from the heat of the day. They enjoyed a refreshing and cooling wallow followed by a dust bath. They began with splashing water over their heads after which they all dove in for a swim. Alamaya became a little stuck in the mud and could not get his hind legs free but with Ziwa’s help was able to get his legs unstuck and leave the water hole for the dust bath.  

Orphans browsing peacefully

Sonje walking away with Mwashoti after mudbath

Ngasha dusting his back


All the babies came out after a peaceful sleep and after having their morning bottles, the keepers opened the gate and allowed them to go out to the forest. There was a leopard hanging around in the trees which Alamaya was the first to spot and he started yelling to show the other babies who were not aware of its presence. The leopard was probably waiting for a bush buck to come along which it would target for a kill. The elephants made a lot of noise to chase away the leopards and soon they dropped down from the trees to run away.  

Orphans at Kenze bushes

Ngasha smelling Faraja's mouth

Quanza and Zongoloni having some fun




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