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As soon as the orphans exited their night quarters in the morning they went straight for their morning milk bottle after which Sonje, Murera and Quanza went to feed on the acacia pods that they found on the ground while Ziwa with Zongoloni ran for the lucerne that had been placed outside the gates for the orphans to enjoy. Some wild elephants with tiny babies came to the stockade looking for some water to drink. They found the water trough outside the stockades empty so the keepers quickly put more water in the troughs for them to enjoy. Lima Lima was the first to join the while herd and tried to play with one of the calves and unfortunately grabbed its tail causing it to cry out loudly which resulted in Lima Lima being chased away from the wild group. The keepers came to help Lima Lima so that she would not be punished by a wild bull that had come to defend the young calf from Lima Lima who had only wanted to babysit him.  

Murera and Jasiri browsing

Ziwa enjoying mudbath

Orphans at the dust bath


This morning the elephants had a lovely browsing session in the hills as they got to feed on some nice soft vegetation. Lima Lima was intent on climbing all the way to the top of the hills but Murera was not quite ready to go so far up and stayed lower down for a while. When she felt more comfortable to head right up she took Mwashoti and Sonje to the other side of the hill where it is not as steep so that both her and Mwashoti would have an easier climb. As they made their way up they came across some bushbucks that were locking their horns to fight for territory. The fighting bushbucks scared the orphans who ran back towards their keepers.

When the orphans were making their way home in the evening Quanza and Zongoloni began trumpeting signalling how happy and satisfied they were with the days browsing activities Murera on the other hand looked very tired and Sonje seemed to be pushing her to move faster so as to catch up with their friends who were ahead of them.

Faraja trying to reach for a sweet branch

Sonje very happy in the mud

Alamaya coming down slowly fron the rocks


Last evening at about 7pm some wild elephants started to rumble and trumpet loudly as they announced their arrival at the stockade compound to the orphan herd. Ziwa and Faraja together with Ngasha responded with their own welcoming trumpets while Zongoloni and Sonje kept silent but raised their ears spreading them wide showing that they were not really that happy to see the wild elephants. Some of the wild elephants charged at the trees which left the orphans confused as to what they were up to. The keepers walked to Murera to calm her down before going to tend to Mwashoti who seemed to be very scared of the charging big bulls.

In the morning the orphans made their way to the Chyulu Hills where they found fresh elephant dung. Some of the babies decided to try and eat the dung, which elephants often do so as to find out what vegetation is good to eat. Alamaya was one of the orphans that wanted to taste the dung to see what he could learn as the group followed the path that the wild elephants had taken before them. They did not meet up with any wild elephants but did come across some buffaloes and other wildlife, none of whom seemed to happy to see the orphans and their keepers.

When the orphans arrived at the midday mud bath for their milk bottle, wallow and dust bath they found some buffalos enjoying a swim in their waterhole. Jasiri, Lima Lima and Quanza were not keen on waiting patiently for the buffaloes to finish wallowing and tried to scare them away as they wanted to get into the water to cool off and have the waterhole all to themselves.

Playful babies walk to the forest

Murera stretches her body

Ngasha arrives at the water hole


Last night it seemed as if all the wild elephants from around the Kibwezi Forest converged at the orphans stockades and walked all around them, stopping at the all the water troughs in the area. The wild elephants were very noisy as they rumbled loudly and charged everywhere. The wild herd was quite big and had several babies among them all of whom seemed thirsty and wanted to have a drink of water at the stockade water troughs. Once they had finished all the water they again took to charging in the trees. The keepers came out of their tents into the darkness to see what was going on and were happy to see the wild elephants and their young drinking water and dust bathing at the dusting point.

The following day at the mud bath area we found a massive mess with many yellow fever acacia trees having been pushed over. Most of these were ones that the keepers usually sat under to have their lunch while the orphans enjoyed a mud bath or dustbath following their noon milk bottle. There was understandably lots of dung in the area and it was not long before Ziwa and other boys followed the path that the wild elephants had taken and Quanza kept them company. Murera and some of the others were a little scared of what the wild elephants had done and stuck quite close to the keepers.

Alamaya breaks off a soft branch

Babies drink water whilst their Keeper looks on

Murera leaves the dustbath


As soon as the orphans exited their night quarters in the morning they all went in search of acacia pods. Ziwa could not find anything and picked up a stick with his trunk and began to draw lines on the ground as if wanting to communicate something to the keepers. Of course all the keepers saw was squiggles which meant nothing to them.

Sonje tried to snatch the stick away from Ziwa and a running battle broke out between the two as they each tried to keep the stick for themselves and the keepers found their ongoing battle quite funny. A short while later the orphans all made their way to the forest for the morning browsing session.

Later on in the day the orphan herd made their way to the wild elephants waterhole where they all enjoyed a long mud bath to cool off as it was an extremely hot day and the orphans were all feeling the heat and could not wait to get into the water. Murera, Alamaya and Mwashoti headed to the center of the waterhole where it was quite deep and only their heads could be seen above the water, the younger boys thoroughly enjoyed the wallow with the adoptive mother Murera.

Limalima walking out to an open area

Orphans at the water trough

Ziwa scratching his bottom




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