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The morning was cloudy and some light rain fell, registering four millimeters of water. The orphans played happily around the stockade compound before heading to the browsing grounds. On arriving at the foot of Msinga Hill, Kenia and Ndii found themselves at a cross roads when Ndii wanted to lead the orphan herd towards the northern side of the hill, whereas Kenia was heading towards the southern side. Lentili and Naipoki resolved the by taking control and leading the entire group to the western side of the hill.

Layoni and Dabassa arrived at the stockade at 10am followed closely by Kivuko and Lempaute who arrived five minutes later. After supplement feeding for more than an hour, Lempaute explored the stockade compound, making her way to the taming stockades where she greeted Sola, Kavu and Tahri. The three orphans rumbled in response after which Lempaute made her way to the lower stockade where she met the new orphan baby buffalo (Tukai), before leading the rest of her group to the browsing grounds. 

Arruba drinking water

Panda walking slowly on the steep hill slopes

Embu and Lentili lead orphans to browsing


It was a wonderful beginning to the day as the stockade dependant orphan elephants interacted with Lempaute, Kivuko, Dabassa and Layoni following the milk and supplement feeding. There were some brief games with Dabassa and Nelion engaged in a strength testing game which lasted a while. Lentili came over to see if she could help Nelion win but instead managed to put an end to their game and they all followed the rest of the orphan herd who were going out to the browsing grounds. Dabassa and Layoni stopped to browse on the foot of Msinga Hill while the juniors headed to their browsing grounds.

In the afternoon, during a monitoring patrol the keepers saw Ajali and Nguvu who had left with a wild group of about 8 elephants on the 5th of the month. The two were looking thinner and the team was able to separate them from the wild elephants and get them to rejoin the orphan herd. They were welcomed back with loud trumpeting as their friends kept touching them with their trunks greeting them warmly.

Dabassa engages Nelion

Kihari enjoys scratching

Lentili intervenes between Dabassa and Nelion


The morning started with the collapse of the orphan elephant that was rescued close to the Aruba air strip (Unnamed) on the 29th of October. This orphan was a drought victim and was again put on a drip. It was kept on a drip for more than two hours but sadly it did not survive, dying a couple of hours after its collapse.

Lempaute, Kivuko, Layoni and Dabassa came to the stockade a few minutes after the dependant orphans had left. They had a wonderful time eating the supplement food after which Layoni and Dabassa left and headed towards the Voi River, leaving Lempaute and Kivuko at the stockade.

A report of a collapsed elephant calf being watched over by its mother was reported to the Voi stockades. The calf was close to the Voi airstrip and was very thin and dehydrated. When the vet and the keepers arrived they found that the calf had already died and there was sadly nothing they could have done as the report came in too late for them to have been help.

The orphans browsed on the northern side of the Msinga Hill before coming down at noon and heading in groups of four for their afternoon milk bottle. Mashariki, Rorogoi, Bada and Pasaka who came with the first group returned with the second group composed of Mudanda, Nguvu, Lentili and Ishaq-B, in the hopes of getting a second bottle. The keepers were able to move them away thus allowing their friends to enjoy their share. The orphan group enjoyed feeding on Lucerne grass and range cubes after which they had a brief wallow before starting the afternoons browsing session.

Pasaka enjoys the lucerne

Kenia on a scratching mission

Orphans dusting games


The morning began with Lempaute and Kivuko arriving at the stockades early in the morning. They went to Lucerne grass feeding area and waited for the babies to finish their milk bottles and join them. The two enjoyed feeding on supplements together with the juniors. Mbirikani engaged Panda in a strength testing game this morning before the group began the journey to the browsing fields.

In the afternoon, following a lovely midday mudbath, the orphan elephants enjoyed browsing on the eastern side of Msinga hill. Mashariki, Lentili and Rorogoi took each other bumper to bumper in competing for the lead of the group back to the safety of the stockades. Rorogoi was able to quickly overtake the rest and secure the lead position.

Mbirikani testing Panda's strength

Rorogoi chewing on a dry stick

Layoni trying to ride on Pasaka's back


The morning was peaceful with Suswa, Lentili and Mudanda noticing the presence of the new orphan Neka, greeting her with deep rumbles as they exited their night quarters for their morning milk bottle.

Lempaute and Kivuko arrived at the stockade compound and joined the juniors as they made their way to the browsing grounds. Kenia, Ndii, Naipoki and Kihari were not thrilled about having the two ex orphans with them and made sure to stay close to Araba and Pasaka, denying the two older elephants access to them. Pasaka enjoyed being treated as a darling by the four older girls of the junior group, as this was something that had not happened before.

Lempaute and Kivuko left the juniors when it was time for them to head to the baobab water hole. Kenia lead her junior herd down and away from Lempaute and Kivuko who went off for their own browsing activities.

Neka who was browsing and didnít sleep the night collapsed in the late afternoon. Several drips were administered and she got back to her feet again at 6pm. Sadly she collapsed again at midnight and despite the teams best efforts she died twenty minutes later becoming another victim of the ongoing drought hitting the Tsavo area.

Layoni engaging Panda

Panda climbs on terrace to take Naipoki

Layoni pushing Dabassa of a rock




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