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The babies did not sleep well last night especially Alamaya and Mwashoti as a leopard was calling all night in the trees around the stockades. One keeper heard a gate bang around midnight and when he went out to investigate the noise he only found Alamaya and Jasiri banging on their gates as the leopard noise was annoying them. The keepers came out to try and calm the orphans down as big girls Murera with Sonje got up shouting loudly when they saw the keepers. With such a noise going on the leopard soon jumped away from the trees. Later on in the bushes surrounding the stockades and in the fresh springs there were some wild elephants also making a lot of noise, so it was a very sleepless night in all! 

Sonje comforts Mwashoti

Jasiri blowing bubbles

Zongoloni looks after Alamaya at dust-bath time


The loud trumpeting orphans were in a very jovial mood this morning, especially Jasiri and Faraja. They both took off to the forest from the stockade gate, leaving the keepers far behind and wondering where they were running to. Faraja charged around and then came back to the water troughs looking for some water, but found it had been finished by wild elephants in the night. He then decided to walk to the fresh springs for some water there.

A wild family came along today with babies only slightly bigger than our Mwashoti and Alamaya. They seemed to follow the path through the bushes where the orphans had walked towards Umani Hill. The orphans interacted well with his herd the whole morning, right up until it was their time to walk to the bottle feeding point. This herd of wild elephants left them then but joined up with them again later in the day.

Alamaya cools off with the mud from the heat

Quanza only splashed part of her body

Jasiri leaving the mud bath


It was a very sunny day today which made the water hole very enjoyable for all the babies, in the forest and in the Chyulu Hills too. Quanza with Zongoloni were the best swimmers of the day followed by the young boy Mwashoti. He did not want to come out of the waterhole but just continued swimming and rolling in the thick mud, covering his whole body. They managed to rid themselves of so many insects which dropped off their bodies and were left in the waterhole.

When the time came to head home all the babies looked very tired and walked very slowly, especially Murera, Sonje and Mwashoti who have difficulty walking generally. They had to walk very quickly across the sharp stones along the way from the Chyulu Hills. We watched as Mwashoti realised when he was close to the stockades and could even smell the bottles; he ran very fast to take the lead, he passed Alamaya to be in front as they headed into the pens. Mwashoti did not wait for his keeper to give him his bottle but he picked them up himself one after the other and drank all the milk, dropping the empty bottles when he was done. He has learnt this trick very well from Jasiri and Zongoloni.

Murera and Keeper at feed time

Sonje showing swimming styles at mud-bath

Ziwa coming out of mud-bath


At midday, Murera and Sonje were the last to arrive for the bottle feeding, after spending most of their time in the morning with some wild elephant bulls. The wild bulls were well behaved and both interacted nicely with orphans. However when the keepers called Lima Lima to come for milk feeding time the wild elephants got scared and ran away, as the keepers proceeded with the bottle feeding. After the orphans went into the mud bath to wallow and when they were finished with that they all went to dust bath to help dry their bodies. When they went back into the forest with Murera and Quanza in the lead of the other babies, their wild friends that had been waiting in the bushed went to wallow in the water hole they had just left.

All the orphans walked to the Chyulu Hills to browse for the rest of the afternoon as Ngasha and Jasiri were busy pushing each other as they normally do, trying to test their strength.

Ziwa scratching bottom on a rock

Ngasha picking at an Acacia tree

Mwashoti dusting games


Alamaya is becoming a rather naughty boy these days and likes to engage the other orphans, including the older orphans, in pushing games. Alamaya was in an energetic mood today and the keepers kept a close eye on him at the Lucerne feeding area and watched him engage Lima Lima in a strength test. He then went and pushed Zongoloni who was happy to play with him and allow him to test his skills on her, safe in the knowledge that he could not really do her any harm as she is bigger and stronger than he is and this way she also keeps him occupied so that he doesn’t engage the bigger orphans who may not be as accommodating as she is.

The big boys Jasiri and Ngasha would not do Alamaya any favours if he decided to play strength testing and pushing games with them and Zongoloni and the other older girls make sure that he does not try to engage them in any such games. When the babies had finished their noon milk bottle Sonje and Quanza led the rest of the group to the Chyulu Hills where they found some wild bulls browsing on bushes in the area. They did not go to greet the wild boys choosing instead to concentrate on their browsing activities. 

Murera talking the babies to the bush

Quanza ready to begin her day

Muddy orphans




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