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The day started with the orphan elephants teaming up in groups to play socializing games around the stockade compound following the milk and supplement feeding.

After browsing in the field for three hours, Tahri enjoyed a scratching session with her back against a big rock boulder. Lasayen hid behind a tree and came out to ambush Ndotto and engage him in a pushing game. Ndotto was running in circles playing with Lasayen, but Ndotto ended up knocking his head on the tree and he cried out in pain. Lasayen was scared of being reprimanded by Ndotto and ran off.

In the afternoon the orphans browsed amid some light rain and enjoyed feeding on the wet grass. Mbegu, Ngilai, Godoma, Murit and Lasayen lay around a medium rock, extracting warmth from it while Ndotto played a game of rolling around on the wet earth. The rest of the afternoonís browsing took place on the northern side of the stockade.

Panda left and Tundani

Ndotto playing

Ndoria browsing


The morning began with the orphan elephants leaving the stockade compound after the milk and supplement feeding to begin the days browsing activities. They stopped to browse on the western foot of Msinga Hill where Godoma enjoyed a scratching session while Mbegu waited patiently for her turn. Later in the day, Ndotto lay down and engaged Mbegu in a play fight. Godoma copied Ndottoís actions and got left behind by the rest of the group when they made their way to the baobab waterhole and she had to run to catch up. The orphans only had a partial mud bath following the afternoon milk bottle. The rest of the afternoon was spent browsing close to the waterhole. 

Ndotto and Mbegu play fighting

Godoma lying down

Mbegu scratching


It was a wonderful beginning to the day with the orphan elephants playing happily around the stockade compound after their milk and supplement feeding. Mbegu had a lovely time scratching against a small rock close to the stockade red-earth piles. Lentili came and ousted Mbegu from her scratching position, but no sooner had she done so when Mudanda came and drove her away from the rock taking it for herself.

Ndotto lay on the edge on top of the stockade terrace enjoying a soil bathing games. Lasayen came and pushed Ndotto to get him off the terrace which brought an end to his game. The orphan elephants then proceeded to the browsing grounds where they browsed in peace.

In the afternoon the weather changed abruptly and light rain started falling. Embu, Ndoria, Godoma, Ngilai and Lasayen enjoyed rolling around in the wet soil.

Mbegu scratching

Rorogoi left and Bada

Arruba browsing


The morning began well with the orphan elephants concentrated on their milk and supplement feeding. Kenia later climbed on a rock close to the stockade water trough in order to reach some very green and palatable leaves from a tall tree. Ngilai, Araba, Mbegu and Godoma stood on the lower side of the rock, grabbing any leaves that fell to the ground while Kenia was feeding.

Mbegu and Lentili led their friends out of the stockade towards the browsing grounds. Tawi the orphan male eland abandoned his friends, Oltukai, Kore and Ngulia as he followed the orphans. He hid behind the Keepers so that the elephant orphans would not know he was there which could result in him being chased away. On arrival at the northern side of Msinga Hill, Tawi was thrilled to encounter a big herd of eland in the company of a few zebras. He happily ran up to join them and was warmly welcomed into the herd that moved further into the bushes together with Tawi, the new addition to their herd.


Ndotto and Mbegu

Tawi joins a wild herd of eland and zebra


It was a lovely beginning to the day as the orphans happily downed their morning milk bottle before assembling for their supplement feeding after which they enjoyed socializing games around the stockade compound. Lasayen lay down on the edge of the stockade terrace with Ndotto coming in to attempt to ride on his back but decided against it as he felt he could fall off the terrace. Mudanda and Mashariki took Mbegu, Ngilai and Godoma for a wonderful soil bathing game on the red earth piles, before joining the rest as they began to walk out.

The browsing day went on at a slow pace, as the orphans grabbed as much browse as they could. The orphan elephants visited the baobab water hole in the afternoon, but didnít wallow as it was rather cold. The rest of the browsing activities took place close to the baobab water hole with several wild elephant herds visiting for a drink of water. They didnít interact with the orphans who were busy browsing, and in turn the orphans didnít seem to pay any mind to the wild herds.

Murit smelling the air

Araba enjoying a dustbath

Wild elephatn herd comes for a drink of water




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