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5/29/2018 

After the morning milk and supplement feeding, the orphan elephants teamed up in groups for games around the stockade compound, some played a hide and seek game, while others enjoyed sizing one another up in strength testing games. Ndoria became extremely competitive and quite aggressive towards Nguvu which resulted in Kenia having to intervene and restore peace between the two. Soon after the games came to and with Mashariki, Mudanda and Rorogoi taking the leading role towards the browsing grounds, where they spent the morning browsing in single file.

The day was warm and the orphan elephants had a lot of fun playing mud bathing games in the afternoon at the baobab water hole. The juniors came into the water first closely followed by the senior herd members. All the seniors were focused on impressing the six new arrivals from the Nairobi nursery with their mud bathing prowess. Lasayen and Murit interacted more with their senior friends than the four other new arrivals did. Arruba went rolled around in the water showcasing her bathing expertise to the juniors, with Kihari moving right in front of her, stirring the water with her foot and making it extremely muddy and difficult for Arruba to wallow which resulted in Arruba getting up and out of the water. Kihari took over Arruba's bathing position, in a bid to steal her spectators’ attention but was unable to do so as Naipoki, who had been watching everything that had taken place, came and sat on her stomach preventing her from showcasing any mud bathing skills.

Today was quite a bit of tit for tat taking place as Nguvu pushed Araba away from a scratching tree and was soon ousted in the same way by Mashariki who had seen what Nguvu had done and water to give Nguvu at taste of the same medicine.

Today, Tawi the orphan male eland had his usual fighting game with Ngulia. Tawi's long and sharp horns accidentally punched Ngulia near the chest injuring her slightly. The keepers quickly applied an antibiotic spray and some green clay to the wound and the two continued with their games.
 

Panda and Naipoki browsing


Lasayen milk feeding


Orphans enjoying the mud bath altogether

5/27/2018 

It was a bright Sunday morning as the orphan elephants exited their stockades and downed their delicious milk bottle before their routine supplement feeding. There were some brief games after the morning feeding, with the orphan elephants following Mbegu towards the browsing grounds.

Upon arriving at the northern foot of Msinga Hill, Ndoria and Nguvu became naughty and attempted to take on Lasayen and bully him. Mashariki quickly came to the rescue and chased the two older orphans away.

In the afternoon Mbegu, Ngilai, Ndotto, Lasayen, Murit, Godoma, Tahri and Araba were the first to arrive for their milk bottle followed close by the senior members of the herd. The entire group then proceeded to the baobab water hole for a drink before entering the mud bath. Embu went right to middle of the babies and lay in the water rolling around while the new arrivals stood and watched her games but did not join in. Embu was soon joined by Arruba and her longtime friends Suswa who came and gave Arruba a huge trunk hug. Their wonderful game attracted Lasayen’s attention and they all enjoyed playing together. Mbegu and Ndotto came out of the water after splashing themselves with some mud and lay down on the red earth piles for a soil bathing game and were soon joined by Mudanda and Mashariki. Aruba went on for a fantastic scratching session against the baobab tree, before joining the others who were already moving away to the fields for the day’s final browsing session.
 

Ngilai out in the bush


Murit browsing


Ngilai, Ndotto and Murit going for milk

5/22/2018 

It was Mbegu, Ndotto, and Lasayen’s second day at the Voi reintegration station and following a peaceful night they were ready to begin the day. Mbegu, Ndotto, Lasayen and Tahri were the first to take their milk bottle as they slept in the same stockade. The three arrivals chose to stay close to the keepers while occasionally interacting with the resident Voi orphan elephants.

After browsing for more than four hours, the small family unit that was joined by Panda and Kihari on the 20th, came to join the orphan elephants on Msinga Hill. On closer inspection the keepers noticed that it was ex-orphan Lissa herd that was browsing with the orphan elephants. Ndotto got a little scared on seeing elephants that were much bigger than him and nearly ran away but the keeps were able to keep him calm.

Lissa was with her last born who was about seven months old, and her second last born calf.
The other members of her herd, first born Lari, second born Lali and last born Luggard were absent from the group. Mudanda had a lovely time interacting with Lissa’s small calf and the two enjoyed playing and entwining their trunks while Lissa’s teenage boy engaged Ndii and Bada in strength testing games.

The dependent orphan elephants left Lissa’s herd behind as they made their way to the big water hole in the afternoon where they enjoyed a milk bottle followed by a mud bath. Mbegu was seen interacting with Ndii and the two browsed in one another’s company for most of the afternoon while Lasayen stayed close to the keepers.
 

Lasayen talking with Mbegu


Mudanda playing with Lissa's calf


Ndii wrestling with Lissa's calf

5/21/2018 

It was a wonderful beginning to the day as the keepers prepared for the arrival of three orphans from the Nairobi Nursery. The Voi orphans exited their stockades early in the morning and stayed close by awaiting the new arrivals.

At 9.15am, the truck ferrying the three orphan elephants from the nursery, mini matriarch Mbegu, the calm and polite boy Ndotto and his friend Lasayen, arrived. The Voi orphan elephants led by Kenia, Ndii and Kihari stood by in great expectation waiting for the babies to finish their milk so that they could rush in to greet them. The three led the rest of the Voi orphan elephants in receiving and embracing the three orphans from Nairobi with Kenia and Ndii being at the forefront of the welcoming ceremony. The meeting was very emotional with the bonding comprising of trunk touching and trumpet blasts. Arruba and Ndoria became a little jealous of the attention given to the new arrivals with Arruba pushing Mbegu and Ndoria pushing away Lasayen.

After the greeting Nelion and Lentili enjoyed showing off their skills as they rolled around and played on the red earth piles. Embu, Rorogoi, Mudanda and Mashariki took to the stockade water hole to showcase their wallowing expertise to the new comers. Tahri and Arruba remained reserved wanting to see what would change now that there were new babies for their “mothers” to coddle.

The entire herd then headed to the big water hole where they all enjoyed wallowing in the gallons of water. Ndotto took a wonderful mud bath with the Voi orphans while Mbegu and Lasayen watched seemingly still a little shy. Ndoria the tail bitter stuck close to Mbegu and Lasayen while the rest of the herd kept an eye so that she would not bite the tails of the new arrivals.

The orphan elephants then left the water hole for the browsing fields where Mbegu became more confident and enjoyed browsing with the Voi herd. The three new arrivals were in paradise in Voi as they feasted on the luscious grass, green bushes and colourful creepers while butterflies flew all around them.

In the evening Lissa and her two calves visited the stockade at 7pm and had a drink of water from the stockade water trough. They remained at the stockade compound for a while before returning to the park.
 

Preparing to offload the orphans


Mbegu having her milk on arrival


Mbegu, Lasayen and Ndotto

5/19/2018 

It was a perfect beginning to the day as the orphan elephants assembled for their delicious milk bottle. Mashariki became a little greedy and wanted more milk. She kept on stretching her trunk to touch Arruba’s milk bottle in an effort to get it away from her. Arruba managed to finish her milk without Mashariki getting even a taste of it. Lentili was also seen requesting extra milk as she was the first to finish her share. She kept begging the keepers for more milk, asking to be given some of Mudanda’s share but was not given any by the keepers.

There were some brief wrestling games around the stockade compound before Suswa and Lentili led the orphan herd to the browsing grounds. The orphan elephants browsed on the flat areas of Msinga Hill after which they visited the big waterhole where they had a lovely time playing in the mud as it was a sunny day.

Lentili enjoyed a scratching session against the side of the waterhole. Her game caught the attention of Arruba who did her best to copy Lentili though Arruba’s technique was not as good.
The rest of the day was spent browsing close to the waterhole.
 

Mashariki browsing with her friends


Mudanda playing on the ground


Suswa enjoying browsing

 

 

 

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