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6/2/2018 

The orphan elephants came out of the stockades in happy mood and drank a morning milk bottle before settling for supplements after which they followed Mbegu and Lentili out to the bush.
Tundani and Nelion later took over the lead and had the group browsing up on the western side of Msinga Hill. After two hours browsing, Ngilai and Lasayen became engaged in a friendly pushing game before resuming their browsing activities.

A wild elephant herd was browsing along the bottom of the hill and raised their trunks in greeting to the orphans. One teenage female wild elephant came uphill and had a wonderful trunk touching greeting with Suswa, before moving to rejoin her wild herd.

The orphan elephants came down the hill and had some fun rolling in the grass before making their way to the baobab water hole. Arruba got excited in the water, striking the water with her front foot, sending muddy water into Mashariki, Bada, Mudanda and Ndotto’s faces. Panda was happy to see Ndii in the water and quickly stole Tahri away for some soil bathing games on the piles of the red earth. Ndii came out of the water and approached the two, hugging and embracing Tahri and robbing Panda of the chance to have Tahri to herself. The rest of the afternoon was spent browsing in the flat savanna grass lands close to the baobab water hole.
 

Kenia scratching against a rock


Murit at the water trough


Godoma at the mud-bath

5/22/2018 

It was Mbegu, Ndotto, and Lasayen’s second day at the Voi reintegration station and following a peaceful night they were ready to begin the day. Mbegu, Ndotto, Lasayen and Tahri were the first to take their milk bottle as they slept in the same stockade. The three arrivals chose to stay close to the keepers while occasionally interacting with the resident Voi orphan elephants.

After browsing for more than four hours, the small family unit that was joined by Panda and Kihari on the 20th, came to join the orphan elephants on Msinga Hill. On closer inspection the keepers noticed that it was ex-orphan Lissa herd that was browsing with the orphan elephants. Ndotto got a little scared on seeing elephants that were much bigger than him and nearly ran away but the keeps were able to keep him calm.

Lissa was with her last born who was about seven months old, and her second last born calf.
The other members of her herd, first born Lari, second born Lali and last born Luggard were absent from the group. Mudanda had a lovely time interacting with Lissa’s small calf and the two enjoyed playing and entwining their trunks while Lissa’s teenage boy engaged Ndii and Bada in strength testing games.

The dependent orphan elephants left Lissa’s herd behind as they made their way to the big water hole in the afternoon where they enjoyed a milk bottle followed by a mud bath. Mbegu was seen interacting with Ndii and the two browsed in one another’s company for most of the afternoon while Lasayen stayed close to the keepers.
 

Lasayen talking with Mbegu


Mudanda playing with Lissa's calf


Ndii wrestling with Lissa's calf

5/17/2018 

The morning was superb with Ndii and Kenia changing guard of their adopted babies. Ndii warmed up to Araba while Kenia spent some time with Tahri. It was not long before Kihari, Naipoki and Rorogoi came up to Kenia determined to take Tahri away from her. Kenia who is usually quite peaceful prevented them from doing so by pushing them away.

Suswa enjoyed a wonderful scratching game as she scratched her stomach against a rock in the stockade compound. Panda also wanted a go and drove away Suswa claiming the rock for herself.

The orphan elephants browsed on the northern side of Msinga Hill under the leadership of Mashariki, Lentili and Bada. When the sun shone too brightly Rorogoi sought shelter from a big tree trunk before the entire herd visited the waterhole to cool off and enjoy a mud bath.
 

Araba coming out of the water


Arruba, left, and Kihari playing


Mashariki and the others

5/13/2018 

It was a perfect beginning to the day with the stockade dependent orphan elephants running out of their stockades in happy mood and grabbing their morning milk bottle which they emptied in a matter of seconds. Bada tried to engage Embu in a pushing contest after the supplement feeding, but Embu was not interested choosing instead to join the others in a game of hide and seek.

The morning was spent browsing peacefully half way up the eastern side of Msinga Hill. Rorogoi and Lentili enjoyed scratching their bottoms against a rock. Ndoria saw them having fun and went to join the two who ran off suspecting that Ndoria who is a huge tail bitter was coming to bite their tails.

The orphans visited the middle water hole where they had a brief mud bath, before continuing their browsing activities which took place close to the water hole.
 

Lentili browsing


Suswa browsing from the rocks


Ishaq-B wanting to browse up hill

5/4/2018 

It was a perfect beginning to the day with the stockade dependent orphan elephants welcoming Dabassa and Layoni for copra cake and dairy cube supplement feeding. It was a long morning for Kenia and Ndii who thought that there were other games that the two older boys could play other than strength testing games which Dabassa subjected Ndii to today with Ndii putting up a good fight and using as much strength as she could to fight Dabassa who soon left her alone to engage Bada in a pushing game. When Layoni came to join the two Bada quickly left as it would have been an unfair game. The two ex-orphans followed the juniors towards the browsing fields before making their way to the big water hole.  

Naipoki and Layoni on the right


Dabassa on the right playing with Kihari


Layoni scratching on a rock

 

 

 

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