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Ziwa is jealous of Mwashoti having taken over his position as favourite boy and of Mwashoti's closeness to Murera. Murera watched Ziwa trying to engage Mwashoti by pushing him and biting Mwashoti's tail. Ziwa got some stern shoves from Murera, to understand that enough is enough and this behaviour will not be tolerated, so Ziwa moved on to play with the bulls leaving the big girls looking after their babies.

Ngasha with Jasiri came holding trunks as they faced Zongoloni and Quanza, the two boys wanted to mount Zongoloni or Quanza, but the two girls saw their trick before and moved away to the forests disappearing not to be seen for a couple of hours.  

Playful Sonje ready for morning browsing

Faraja at dust bath

Orphans taking a break after walking all day


The Orphans decided to take the path leading to the Hills, where some wild elephant friends, from the previous night, were heard trumpeting in the forest. For Faraja and Ziwa in particular, this was a must to satisfy their curiosity. Faraja got a bit of a fright, when a bull with very long tusks, emerged from the bushes. Faraja called out to Ziwa and Ngasha, to support him, but the boys decided against it, given how big and strong the wild bull was, in comparison to them.

Sonje, Murera and Mwashoti did not bother joining the struggling young boys due to their leg disabilities and left the teenage boys to test their strengths with the wild bulls. They know these pushing games can continue for quite some time and that it was a good way for the boys to make new friends.

At the waterhole, after the mid-day bottle feed, the babies were not interested in wallowing at their normal mud-bath because most of them had had their fill at the various waterholes and mud baths along the way. Umani is full of them at the moment.  

Sonje leading the babies to the hills

Mwashoti and Murera with Alamaya lying down

Sonje drinking water from the broken pipe


Playful elephants made their way out in the morning with Zongoloni leading all the babies to the water trough close to the stockades, and then Ziwa went to have his fill of drinking water but as Ngasha came to drink Ziwa gave him a firm push, when Zongoloni and Quanza saw this happening they both turned against Ziwa pushing him away from the water so that he could be disciplined.
Later Sonje walked past Ziwa blocking his way as she and her friend Murera did not want the little elephants to walk through the thickest wet bushes, Alamaya followed with Mwashoti but then a fight between the two little bulls broke out, fighting for Murera and Sonje because Mwashoti did not want Alamaya to be with his closest mother Sonje neither Murera but go instead to his adopted mom Lima Lima. The fighting boys continued to fight but soon Lima Lima stepped in and separated them stopping the nonsense because after all they all belong to one family now.

Murera in the very thick bush

Sonje rushing to the 11am feed

Murera hugs Alamaya


Since Mwashoti arrived at Umani Springs, he has continued to grow into a very polite and handsome boy, ever cool and calm, never making trouble. Sometimes Alamaya tries to cause trouble for him but Mwahsoti stands calm with lots of confidence thanks to his constant mothers Murera and Sonje who greatly care for him. Mwashoti remains a very lovely boy who gives his foster parents a warm welcome whenever they visit the Umani unit. The orphans at the Umani Unit always look fat and healthy thanks to the abundance of vegetation all year. Today Zongoloni ran so fast to the 11am milk feed, that even though Alamaya tried to blocked her Zongoloni pushed Alamaya by the side to get to the bottles. As soon as Zongoloni got her bottle, she held on to it real tight, before Jasiri arrived. Despite the hurry to get to her bottle, Zongoloni never grabs her friends bottles, she just picks her one bottle and leaves, unlike our greedy girl Lima Lima. 

Babies after bottle feed

Limalima hanging around to try steal bottles

Mwashoti on the dusting mound


The speed with which Quanza took off for the hills, running to Murera was very worrying to the Keepers as everyone stood up wondering what on earth was going on, suspecting that maybe it was wild elephants in the forests, or buffaloes but we found none of the animals around, and only saw antelopes running away fast. Later it was Lima Lima who helped the Keepers find out what was making them all so skittish. It turned out to be a Leopard on in the branches of a big tree with a kill of big Bushbuck hanging in the branches. Under the tree were two Hyenas waiting to get some dropped meat or bones from the carcass.
The Orphans moved to a totally different direction, having no desire to hang around with hungry Hyenas. Sonje wanted to take all the babies up the hill side but the boys had a different idea and were not interested in going up into the hills today so in the end the boys peeled off on their own leaving the girls with the two baby boys, Alamaya and Mwashoti to continue on their way onto the high ground.

Ziwa and Ngasha push each other for more space

Quanza moves downhill

Orphans looking forward to going home




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