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It was a bright Wednesday morning as the gates of the stockade were flung open with Ngilai being the first one to come out, followed by Mbegu, Ndotto, Lasayen, Murit, Godoma and Tahri behind her. A few minutes later they were followed by Nguvu and Araba who came running up for their morning milk bottles. Ndoria pushed Rorogoi away in an effort to steal her milk and there was a brief scuffle between them, before they continued with their milk feed.

The orphan elephants followed the keepers to the browsing grounds and once there, Tundani separated from the rest of the group to enjoy a private browsing session. He rejoined his friends an hour later. The orphans visited the baobab water hole in the afternoon where they had a lot of fun playing mud bathing games with Godoma enjoying playing with the rest of the Voi orphan herd.

In the afternoon Tundani was successful in getting the orphans to join a big wild bull elephant for a browsing session. Mbegu, Ngilai, Ndotto, Godoma, Murit and Lasayen went up to the bull to touch him before running away with fright. He was as big an elephant as they had ever seen! Ndii, Mashariki, and Panda had the unenviable task of calming them down.

Murit wanting to splash water

Ndotto following Embu

Bada and Kihari browsing


It was a wonderful beginning to the day with the orphan elephants concentrating on their usual milk and supplement feeding before taking off towards the browsing grounds for the beginning of the days browsing activities.

After three hours of feeding, Ngilai decided to roll on the ground enjoying a soil dusting session. Godoma approached to watch his games which made Ngilai happy and his games became even more animated. Ndoria who does not have many close friends due to her tail biting behavior has reformed a great deal since the arrival of the new orphans from Nairobi and today was happy to have Mbegu’s company as the two browsed side by side. Arruba enjoyed browsing with Godoma, while Embu settled down with Ndotto.

Later in the day Araba, who usually avoids strength testing games, was seen engaging Rorogoi in a pushing match. Rorogoi is older than Araba but the two are almost the same height so there were no unfair advantages. Kihari was also seen in engaging Arruba in a pushing game while sitting on the ground, which drew the attention of Ngilai, Murit and Lasayen who were curious to see if Kihari would manage to somehow win the pushing contest.

Kenia walking to the dustbath

Mashariki walking downhill

Ndii at the dustbath


The orphan elephants walked left the stockade early this morning and headed to the browsing fields as soon as the milk and supplement feeding was over. Tahri interacted with Godoma and the two were seen browsing together and communicating in low rumbles. Kenia approached the two and embraced them tenderly touching them both with her trunk, giving them lots of love and affection.

In the afternoon, Mbegu, Ngilai, Lasayen, Ndotto, Murit and Godoma who arrived first for their noon milk bottle were escorted by a keeper to the baobab water hole where they found the big water bowser refilling the mud bath. The big size of the truck coupled with the huge down pour of water confused the youngsters who went running to their keepers who had to work hard to calm them down and assure them that everything was okay. Ngilai kept on occasionally lifting his trunk and sniffing the water bowser to make sure that it was not a big predator. Embu came in running into the mud bath and lay in the water stretching her trunk to grab Murit and Lasayen’s legs in an effort to get them to join her mud bathing games. In the end she managed to get Godoma to join her in some mud bath fun.

Ndotto became a little jealous of Lasayen's soil bathing games, and came in pushing him with his short tusks to get him to get up and leave his dusting position to him. Kenia enjoyed mud bathing games with Araba who continues to be Kenia’s favourite “baby” and has been reluctant to abandon Araba for any of the new arrivals which makes Araba very happy.

Mbegu and Lasayen scared by the water truck

Kenia and Kihari

Ndotto pushing Murit away


After the morning milk and supplement feeding, the orphan elephants teamed up in groups for games around the stockade compound, some played a hide and seek game, while others enjoyed sizing one another up in strength testing games. Ndoria became extremely competitive and quite aggressive towards Nguvu which resulted in Kenia having to intervene and restore peace between the two. Soon after the games came to and with Mashariki, Mudanda and Rorogoi taking the leading role towards the browsing grounds, where they spent the morning browsing in single file.

The day was warm and the orphan elephants had a lot of fun playing mud bathing games in the afternoon at the baobab water hole. The juniors came into the water first closely followed by the senior herd members. All the seniors were focused on impressing the six new arrivals from the Nairobi nursery with their mud bathing prowess. Lasayen and Murit interacted more with their senior friends than the four other new arrivals did. Arruba went rolled around in the water showcasing her bathing expertise to the juniors, with Kihari moving right in front of her, stirring the water with her foot and making it extremely muddy and difficult for Arruba to wallow which resulted in Arruba getting up and out of the water. Kihari took over Arruba's bathing position, in a bid to steal her spectators’ attention but was unable to do so as Naipoki, who had been watching everything that had taken place, came and sat on her stomach preventing her from showcasing any mud bathing skills.

Today was quite a bit of tit for tat taking place as Nguvu pushed Araba away from a scratching tree and was soon ousted in the same way by Mashariki who had seen what Nguvu had done and water to give Nguvu at taste of the same medicine.

Today, Tawi the orphan male eland had his usual fighting game with Ngulia. Tawi's long and sharp horns accidentally punched Ngulia near the chest injuring her slightly. The keepers quickly applied an antibiotic spray and some green clay to the wound and the two continued with their games.

Panda and Naipoki browsing

Lasayen milk feeding

Orphans enjoying the mud bath altogether


It was a bright Sunday morning as the orphan elephants exited their stockades and downed their delicious milk bottle before their routine supplement feeding. There were some brief games after the morning feeding, with the orphan elephants following Mbegu towards the browsing grounds.

Upon arriving at the northern foot of Msinga Hill, Ndoria and Nguvu became naughty and attempted to take on Lasayen and bully him. Mashariki quickly came to the rescue and chased the two older orphans away.

In the afternoon Mbegu, Ngilai, Ndotto, Lasayen, Murit, Godoma, Tahri and Araba were the first to arrive for their milk bottle followed close by the senior members of the herd. The entire group then proceeded to the baobab water hole for a drink before entering the mud bath. Embu went right to middle of the babies and lay in the water rolling around while the new arrivals stood and watched her games but did not join in. Embu was soon joined by Arruba and her longtime friends Suswa who came and gave Arruba a huge trunk hug. Their wonderful game attracted Lasayen’s attention and they all enjoyed playing together. Mbegu and Ndotto came out of the water after splashing themselves with some mud and lay down on the red earth piles for a soil bathing game and were soon joined by Mudanda and Mashariki. Aruba went on for a fantastic scratching session against the baobab tree, before joining the others who were already moving away to the fields for the day’s final browsing session.

Ngilai out in the bush

Murit browsing

Ngilai, Ndotto and Murit going for milk




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