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The morning was cloudy with light rain sprinkles touching the ground as the stockade dependant orphan elephants assembled for their delicious milk bottle before proceeding for the special Lucerne grass pellets, dairy cubes and copra cake that was put out for them by the keepers. After the feast Araba snuggled up to Kenia while Tahri went straight to Ndii. Panda and Ishaq-B stood close by waiting to see if there would be an opening that would allow them to steal the babies from their older friends.

Kenia’s gentle character played a large role in Araba choosing her as her “mother” as she gets lots of peace and love from the mini-Matriarch. Lentili, Mudanda, Naipoki, Rorogoi, Mbirikani, Arruba and Suswa separated from the rest of the orphan herd once out in the field and undertook their own browsing activities. Their small group met up with the rest of the orphan herd at the noon waterhole where they all congregated for some milk, water and a mud bath.

Rorogoi after mudbath

Panda scratching against a tree

Ishaq-B leaning on Nguvu


The morning was good with Kenia and Ndii working hard to try prevent Panda and Ishaq-B from taking over the “mothering role” of Araba and Tahri. The two seemed to be in deep discussions which had to be stopped when it was time to head to the browsing grounds. They did not hold any ill will towards Panda and Ishaq-B who were able to enjoy some quiet time with the two babies.

The orphans visited the baobab water hole at noon for milk, water and a mud bath. Mudanda and Suswa remained in the water after the rest had left as they were engaged in a tough bathing competition. Arruba went to join them and showed off some of her mud-bathing skills as she rolled around in the water.

The rest of days browsing activities took place from the baobab water hole to the middle waterhole, then the orphans headed back to the safety of the stockades for the night under Mudanda and Rorogoi’s leadership.

Dabassa and Kivuko engage in morning games

Tuskless Kivuko plays with Dabassa

Wild elephant heard on Msinga Hill


The orphans exited their stockades to find their milk bottles lined up and waiting for them. They came for their share in an organized manner in groups of five downing their milk before enjoying some games around the stockade compound after which they made their way to the browsing grounds.

On arrival at the eastern foot of Msinga Hill, Rorogoi, Bada and Nelion took charge of leading the others up the hill for the browsing session for the morning until it was time for the noon mudbath and milk feed at the baobab water hole. The orphan elephants had a lot of fun in the mudbath with Ishaq-B riding on the walls of the water pan and rolling around in the water. Ndoria came to join Arruba and Mudanda at the mud bath but the two were unsure of her intentions and ran out of the water. Mbirikani was the last to leave the water and ran to join her group who had begun the afternoons browsing session.

Tahri learning to climb uphill

Panda running to join the others

Nguvu happy to see Panda running towards him


The morning was wonderful with Tahri today coming out of her stockade to join the rest of the orphan elephants as they made their way to the Park and the browsing grounds. Ndii ran up to Tahri to welcome her into the orphan elephant herd. She embraced Tahri and prevented her from interacting very much with the rest of the orphans, as she wanted the newcomer all to herself. Panda and Mbirikani managed to get around Ndii and warmly greeted Tahri as well. Kenia, Ishaq-B, Kihari and Naipoki briefly greeted the youngster but did not spend much time with her as the juniors in the group were already seemingly squabbling over who would get to adopt the latest addition to the orphan herd. In the browsing fields Ishaq-B was able to engage Tahri in some private browsing time and the two seemed comfortable in each other’s company, which resulted in them spending the better part of the day feeding together.  

Tahri browsing with the others

Thari sniffing the air

Ishaq-B browsing with Tahri


It was a nice beginning of the day with the stockade dependant orphan elephants playing happily around the stockade compound leaving when Dabassa and Layoni made their grand entry into the compound.

The orphans went half way up the eastern side of Msinga Hill where they settled for the mornings browsing activities. When it was time for the mud bath and afternoon milk feed the orphans descended and had a lovely time wallowing in the water following the milk and dairy cube feeding. Mbirikani and Ishaq-B ran in and out of water in what was perceived to be some kind of competition. Ajali seemed to like their game and joined in, even though he is not usually a fan of the water.

After a wonderful noon mud bath, Mbirikani and Tundani went for a scratching session against a big tree trunk while Kenia and Arruba waited to have a turn when they were done. The rest of the browsing day was spent browsing peacefully with Bada and Mudanda taking the lead of the orphan herd in the evening when it was time to return to the stockades.

Ishaq-B having a lovely mudbath

Mbirikani mudbathing

Tundani scratching

Ajali and Nguvu browsing together




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