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After the 9am bottle feed the orphans went into the field and had a playful peaceful morning until they encountered the lovely Solio. Ndiwa, Mundusi, Kauro, Rapa, Sana Sana, Mteto and Ngilai accidently bumped into Solio whilst she was resting in the middle of some dense bushes. Solio quickly announced her presence with a snort which sent the young babies scampering into the bushes in alarm. The rest of the herd reacted to their trumpets and rushed to see what was going on, except little Musiara, Sattao, Maktao and Luggard who were busy hanging out with the keepers. With all the bush-bashing and trumpeting from the elephants, Solio decided to exit the area at a run with Mbegu, Godoma, Kauro, Maramoja and Rapa following her until she disappeared deep into the forest. All the excitement left the orphans in a state of unrest and they continued their bush-bashing and noise making, turning it into a new game. The game finally ended when Maktao yelled in protest as Luggard denied him to suckle his tail which sent the mini-mums to his side for comfort.  

Sana Sana exiting the mud-bath

Ngilai finds a quiet spot to browse

Mteto reaching up for some soft leaves

Luggard using a branch as a scratching post

Mundusi greeting a friend in the forest


Today the orphans walked out of their stockades in a calm and quiet manner, unlike some other mornings when they run about the stockade compound, some running into the pens of their friends to look for leftover lucerne pellets and others running over to Maxwell’s gate to see if he has left much of his tasty lucerne grass there. The big boys like Kauro, Pare, Ndotto, Lasayen and Rapa usually grapple and wrestle with each other as they walk out to the forest as well, but this morning it was a different story. As soon as all the orphans came out of their pens they just walked out quietly to the forest in a long line, with Mbegu, Ndiwa, Maramoja and Mteto at the head of the group. 

Maxwell in his stockade

Maramoja walks to the Keepers for his milk bottle

Lasayen looking for lucerene pellets

Ndotto getting ready to dust


Ndiwa, Mundusi and Mteto are being little trouble makers these days, especially during the morning public visit. They are giving their keepers a really hard time when they are still in the forest and the first group of orphans are going down to the mud bath area. They have learnt all the different escape routes and are able to sneak down to the visit just after the first group have settled there. Today they were unlucky however as the keepers kept an eye on them, especially Ndiwa who is the ‘escape’ group leader, and they were not able to sneak down. With the rest of the second group Ndiwa and Mundusi were very restless and yelled out in protest at not being allowed to run down for their bottles earlier. 

Ndiwa at mud-bath

Mteto and Kuishi early morning browsing

Ambo leads the orphans for the morning browsing

Luggard running for his milk bottle

Mundusi being a little trouble maker


The orphans were frightened by a herd of buffalos early in the morning who ran out of the bushes having been frightened by something themselves that we were not aware of. They came to an abrupt halt where the orphans and keepers were as they backed away from the charging buffalos. The sudden commotion saw all the orphans try to stand as close to the keepers as they could and no one wanted to be at the front! Even the bigger ones like Kauro, Ndotto, Lasayen, Rapa, Maramoja, Godoma and Mbegu were all trying to stand close together and close to the keepers. The rest of the morning the orphans browsed tightly packed together, even those like Lasayen, Ndiwa, Kauro, Mundusi, Maramoja, Rapa and Ndotto who like to browse further afield, stayed close by. 

Even Maramoja stuck close

Godoma stayed with the group

Ndotto browsing close to the others in the forest

Rapa browsing with the others


Ndiwa has mastered the keepers hand set radio communication very well now. These days she is always the first to arrive at the milk feeding point and the first to arrive back home in the evening. There was a bit of a delay for their 9am milk bottle this morning as Enkesha decided to sneak to the mud bath area in search of milk. When she found no one there she started crying for her milk, where upon she was found and escorted back to the forest to wait for the right time. As time passed the orphans became more impatient and started putting more pressure on the keepers to allow them to go for milk. Godoma, Mbegu, Pare, Malkia, Mteto, Maktao and Mundusi were all ready to stampede past the keepers and go to find their bottles. Ndiwa was busy browsing but next to a keeper so that her ears were fixed on his radio set. As soon as a conversation began she didn’t wait for any ones permission and just went, as the keepers struggled to release only a few from those that were waiting to go and have their bottles. Ndiwa was spotted running down the path and Godoma was allowed to go with a few others. Godoma tried to catch up with Ndiwa but she didn’t stand a chance.  

Ndiwa having a lovely mud bath

Ndiwa playing and coming out of the mud bath

Mundusi running in for her milk




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