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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


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


This morning the orphans rushed to the forest while the keepers were still busy cleaning out their stockades. As the orphans were in such a rush to begin their day the keepers had to stop what they were doing to follow their charges and try and get them to slow down. Zongoloni was in the lead when some red horn bills screamed above the tress surprising Zongoloni who ran to the bushes to hide from what had startled her. Mwashoti followed Zongoloni and the two were soon joined by Alamaya who led them to Sonje.

In the evening, at around 4pm, some wild elephants came and joined the orphan herd as they were making their way to the waterhole for a second bond bath as they were all feeling quite hot following a long walk from Kenze where they had been climbing the hills. Murera and her baby boy Mwashoti looked very tired following the long walk home in the evening. Alamaya was the first to arrive at the stockades followed by Mwashoti who grabbed his bottle before any of the keepers could give it to him.

Zongoloni leads orphans to midday feed

Faraja picking green soft leaves

Ngasha continues to wallow whilst the rest leave


This morning Murera and Sonje began their day by browsing on pods that the wind had blown from the acacia trees during the night. The rest of the orphans were quick to join them and they all busied themselves picking up pods to feed on. Quanza stood a short distance away and watched them while she enjoyed the lucerne pellets that had been put out by the orphans. Ziwa suddenly remembered that pellets had been put out for them but by the time he got there he became upset and started to complain and fight with Quanza.

Quanza led the group to the Chyulu Hills where Lima Lima found some fresh vegetation for the group to feed on. Alamaya followed Lima Lima’s every single step putting his feet exactly where hers had been so that he could feed on the branches that she pulled down for him as he was too small to reach them. Mwashoti, Sonje, Murera and Zongoloni browsed together as a group while Ziwa, Jasiri and Ngasha walked ahead while Ziwa, Jasiri and Ngasha moved further away from the group acting as if they were independent big boys who did not need to be among the matriarchs of the group.

Orphans early morning drink of water

Orphans ready for morning activities

Mwashoti and Alamaya pushing games


It was rather cold during the night which continued into the morning as the orphans left their night quarters to begin their day. Murera and Mwashoti, both of whom suffer terribly with the cold, were very stiff this morning and were moving quite slowly. It took some time for them to warm up but by the time the orphan herd had made their way to the forest they were feeling much better and were not as stiff as they had been when their day began.
The orphans made their way to the Umani Hills in search of fresh branches and green to browse on until it was time to head towards the noon bottle feed and waterhole. The orphans were not the only ones browsing on the hills as some buffaloes were grazing around the slopes of the hill quite close to where Ziwa, Faraja and Ngasha were browsing. One of the buffaloes tired to push down a tree branch giving the elephants a bit of a fright. Jasiri did not seem to want to know what it was that had frightened them and as the orphan herd made their way to the wallow Zongoloni stopped to look back to see what it was that had disturbed the group.  

Ziwa splashing mud

Wild bull visits and dusts himself

Orphans drink water before heading home




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