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12/18/2017 

Lima Lima and Zongoloni led all the orphans up the hills today, looking for green vegetations. Jasiri and his tail-grabbing missions continue. As they were walking he grabbed Faraja’s tail which caused him to shout out and run into the bushes, avoiding his tail being bitten by Jasiri’s strong teeth. His cry for help was to get the keeper’s attention to help him detach from the naughty boy Jasiri, who was still holding his tail and when he pulled forward it hurt!

Wild elephants came to the mud bath time after the orphans milk feeding today. There was very large bull in the group with huge tusks; when he raised his head all the orphans took off running as they had never seen a bull so big, leaving only Ziwa and Zongoloni trying to reach the other elephants to play with them. Mwashoti sneaked past the bull through the bushes trying to reach the wild herd, and the keepers were worried he might be pushed around!
 

Jasiri playing on Sonje again


Mwashoti feeding on thick fresh grass


Zongoloni testing the water hole

12/16/2017 

All the elephants walked out of the stockade compound this morning looking very happy to begin their day of browsing; they did not know where to start as it lush and green in every direction. Some of the orphans decided to play on the grass and Jasiri tried to climb on Sonje who was on the ground. Ziwa joined in trying to climb on her as well, but they were all very heavy and Murera came over to help Sonje push them away. Mwashoti was waiting for the older boys to walk away so he could approach Sonje and have his turn climbing on her. Alamaya then got very jealous so he turned to Lima Lima.

At the mud bath all the babies assembled ready for their bottles. Alamaya and Zongoloni came running over so fast as if the bottles would be taken away. Mwashoti then came running in so fast he couldn’t apply his breaks very well and lost control, knocking over one of his bottles!
 

Sonje smiling and showing off


Jasiri climbing on Sonje


Lima Lima and Alamaya charging at each other


Zongoloni on the Umani Hills

12/15/2017 

This morning Sonje walked straight to a wooden post as they came out of their stockades, trying to scratch her left hind hip and leg. Some of the babies went to the elephant loading bay wall to scratch themselves, whilst the bulls Faraja and Jasiri were busy pushing each and enjoying some morning exercise.

Some wild elephants walked out from the bushes around the stockades and walked over to join the orphans. Sonje and Quanza looking worried about the wild friends joining them, but Lima Lima and Faraja were more interested and approached the wild elephants to greet them.

At the waterholes today none of the orphans went to drink water again, as they are finding plenty in the forest throughout the day. They didn’t even want to dust bath today; they just had their bottles and moved away as the keepers had their lunch under a tree. Murera and Sonje walked to the tree to wait for the keepers so they could escort them to the forest for the rest of the day, until it was time to head back to the stockades.
 

Lima Lima and Alamaya playing


Zongoloni with her friends at mud bath


Quanza walking up the hill


Little Mwashoti rolls over in the mud

12/13/2017 

The bulls like Faraja, Jasiri and Ngasha wanted to be independent from the matriarchs today, keeping their distance and not wanting Sonje to browse with them or even play in the mud with them as they sometimes do. Zongoloni wanted to join Ziwa, Ngasha and Faraja but then decided to turn and follow Mwashoti and Murera.

At the waterhole no elephant walked to the water hole because it is still so wet in the forest and they have no need to bathe in the big mud bath. A crocodile was trying to come out from the water near the water trough when Lima Lima saw it. Jasiri and Quanza then saw it too and trumpeted very loudly trying to scare the crocodile away, even though it was just a baby. Murera and Sonje then led the orphans along a path some wild elephants had taken, as Sonje was trying to lead them to see the wild bulls. The bulls did not like the keepers very much and were quite aloof, so the orphans did not really approach them and came back to the keepers to keep walking in the forest.
 

Very playful, happy babies


Jasiri turns very muddy


Alamaya drinking in his own style


Zongoloni and Jasiri holding his empty bottle


Murera having her bottle

12/12/2017 

When all the babies walked out for the new day, Sonje went ahead and stopped some of the babies from going in a direction the matriarchs’ did not want to go in today. Sonje rumbled trying to communicate with Murera to help; she wanted them to head towards the Umani Hills instead of where the bulls were walking to which was all wet and not nice to walk through. Mwashoti and Zongoloni responded nicely to Murera and Sonje then the boys were forced to turn around and follow the matriarchs and the keepers.

At the noon bottle feeding time all the babies assembled readily waiting for their milk. Alamaya and Mwashoti can pick up their own bottles from the ground these days just like Zongoloni and Jasiri taught them; it looks like they plan to relieve the keepers from their feeding duties!

Ziwa and Quanza arrived and after his milk bottle Ziwa made a lot of shouting noises since he believed his milk had finished too quickly. After bottle feeding, the walk continued to find more browse. Ziwa walked very fast to the bushes holding a big bunch of grass to his mouth. Faraja tried to grab some thinking that Ziwa had something very sweet to eat but he stopped when he realised it was just grass and Ziwa was just getting carried away!
 

Ngasha in the long grass


Babies ready for their bottle feeding!


Zongoloni enjoying the grass

 

 

 

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