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The morning started with Lempaute, Kivuko, Dabassa and Layoni all coming well to the stockades in time to join the younger orphans for range cubes, Lucerne grass pellets, and copra cake.
Naipoki and Kenia then took the lead of their group towards the browsing grounds leaving the four Ex Orphans behind at the stockade. Tundani found himself at a cross roads as to whether to follow his group or remain with the four seniors. In the end he decided to follow the junior herd.

Later in the day, a collapsed female orphan elephant calf was seen by the Kenya Wildlife Service fence attendants and reported to the stockade and the veterinary unit. The calf, about three years old, was rescued and brought to the Voi stockade. It was severely dehydrated and it took many drips and hours before she was able to get to her feet with lots of assistance from the keepers and rope straps. She collapsed again at about 2am and the drips continued through the night.

Ndii looking after Arraba

Orphans browsing on Msinga Hill

The 3yr old female calf that was rescued


It was another wonderful morning Keniaís herd exited their stockades and enjoying an early morning milk bottle before settling to feed on range cubes, copra cake and Lucerne grass pellets.
They then enjoyed some dust bathing and scratching games around the stockade compound before heading to the browsing grounds.

Soon after they left the stockade, Dabassa and Layoni arrived. Layoni saw the leaving orphans and ran to catch Panda and engage her in a wrestling match. Panda did not want to be left behind by her group and as such ignored Layoniís advances.

On arrival on the western foot of Msinga hill, Tundani, Mbirikani and Bada steered the group to the peak of the hill which was cool and had palatable browse resulting in the orphans spending the whole day browsing there. They only descended in the evening in order to return to the safety of the stockades for the night.

Suswa browsing

Nguvu following the others

Mbirikani and Dabassa at the stockades


Lempaute, Layoni, Dabassa and Kivuko arrived bright and early this morning and waited for the juniors to finish their milk bottle before they all congregated at the supplement feeding area after which they had a drink from the stockade water trough. The juniors then made their way to the browsing grounds leaving the ex orphans at the stockade. Ndoria wanted to spend some time with them and stayed behind for a few minutes leaving them when Dabassa tried to mount her.

In the afternoon the orphan herd went to quench their thirst at the new baobab tree water trough where they had a lot of fun playing mud bathing games before resuming with their browsing activities for the rest of the day.

Layoni trying to engage Panda without success

Dabassa trying to climb Ndoria's back

Layoni having a drink at the water trough


The morning started well with the stockade dependant orphan elephants concentrating on their milk and supplements feeding before engaging in some brief hide and seek game. As the orphans were preparing to leave the stockade compound for the browsing grounds ex orphans Lempaute, Kivuko, Layoni and Dabassa arrived.

Layoni tried to prevent Bada from leaving, wanting him to remain with them as they waited for their share of the supplements. Bada joined Layoni for a bottom scratching session against a rock boulder. He remained with the ex orphans for a spell before Layoni escorted him to rejoin his group who were browsing on the northern side of Msinga hill.

Kenia and Ndii were stuck close to Araba, but Layoni had no interest in taking her from them. The group visited the baobab water hole for their afternoon milk bottle and some water but did now wallow as it was quite a cold day.

Kenia plucking leaves

Kihari in a playful mood

Lenitili and Naipoki enjoy the lucerne


It was a quiet beginning to the day with the stockade dependant orphan elephants following their daily routine of downing a morning milk bottle before proceeding to the supplement feeding area.
As they were leaving the stockade, Lempaute, Kivuko, Dabassa and Layoni arrived and headed to the water trough to quench their thirst. The four ex-orphans watched as the juniors left the stockade for the fields but did not join them as they wanted to enjoy their share of the supplement foods.

Later in the morning a report of a collapsed wild elephant calf was reported by the trust pilot to the vet unit. The vet unit together with some keepers rescued the calf and took it to the stockade. The calf was about two and a half years old and was very weak and severely dehydrated. It took several drips before the calf was able to get back to its feed. Sadly the calf died in the early morning hours of the following day.

Kenia browsing

Lentili and Arruba enjoy browsing

Naipoki playing against the rocks




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