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This morning Ndoria positioned herself for a scratching session against a big rock boulder at the stockade, with Nguvu waiting nearby so that he could enjoy the same when she was done. Today the orphan herd went up Msinga hill where they settled to browse for the morning.

Layoni and Dabassa came to the stockade two hours after the stockade dependant orphan elephants had left for the field. Lempaute and Kivuko also visited after the two boys had left. The all enjoyed some supplement foods and a drink of water before heading back to the park.

In a wonderful noon mud bath, Ishaq-B lay down and extended her trunk in invitation to Naipoki as she wanted her to join her for some diving games. Naipoki did not seem keen on wallowing and instead enjoyed scratching against the trunk of a baobab tree. After a brief mudbath the group browsed around the area until it was time to return to the stockades for the night.

Kivuko mudbath

Kivuko at the stockade


The day started with great momentum as the stockade dependant orphans charged out of their night quarters downing their morning milk bottle before settling to enjoy the highly nutritious Lucerne pellets and dairy cubes. Kenia went to scratch her neck against a rock by the stockade water trough.

The orphans headed to the browsing grounds under Mudanda, Kihari, Nelion and Mbirikani’s leadership. As the day progressed it became very hot and Araba sought refuge from the scorching sun by hiding behind Kenia’s ear. Rorogoi and Embu were the first to get their afternoon milk bottle by arriving at the milk feeding area well ahead of the others. They were followed a few minutes later by Bada, Mudanda, Ndoria and Pasaka. Pasaka wanted to be fed his milk a short distance from the others and the keepers were happy to oblige him. The rest of the orphans came for their bottles in groups of four. When all the orphans had been fed they headed to the baobab water hole where they had a lot of fun in the mudbath.

Wild herd seen in the Aruba area

Wild elephant herd head tothe Aruba pump


The orphans exited their stockades to the sound of the singing birds. Following their milk and supplement feed they enjoyed some copra cake, lucerne grass and pellets. Lempaute, Dabassa, Layoni and Kivuko came to the stockade soon after the juniors had left missing them by a hair.
The four went to drink from the stockade trough before feeding on supplements. They left the stockades two hours after they had arrived.

The orphans spread out to browse on the eastern side of Msinga hill coming for their noon milk bottle under Mbirikani, Mudanda and Bada’s leadership. The first group of five orphan elephants ran towards the baobab tree water hole for their milk bottle as the keepers held the second group back letting them go once the first group was done. Arruba went and grabbed Suswa’s ear, suckling it as she waited to be called for her milk.

When browsing after the noon mud bath, Mashariki became uncomfortable when Ndoria kept following her from behind and eventually turned to chase Ndoria away, suspecting that Ndoria was wanting to bite her tail and she wanted none of that.

Ndii and Mudanda browsing

Araba takes refuge from sun behind Kenia's ear

Tundani browsing


It was a fantastic beginning of the day with the stockade dependant orphan elephants playing happily around the stockade compound after their milk and supplement feeding. They then browsed their way to the eastern side of Msinga hill, moving slowly around to the northern side.

Today the orphan elephants visited the newly built baobab water trough which has a fantastic view of the Yatta plateau. It is a private and beautiful bushy water hole and trough which the orphan elephants loved and they had a lot of fun playing there. Ndii and Panda lay down next to the beautiful new water trough and had a lovely time rolling around in the dirt. There were so many different games taking place with Mbirikani, Mashariki, Rorogoi and Mudanda all securing a perfect scratching spot against a thick baobab tree. Kenia and Suswa enjoyed scratching against some big tree trunks of which there were many to choose from. Araba and Ishaq-B enjoyed rubbing their bottoms against the natural rocks around the trough while Ndoria admired Bada’s swimming games.

Kivuko and Layoni visited the stockade in the afternoon, remaining there for about two hours before heading back to the park.

Ajali hoping to join Lempaute in browsing

Kenia scratching

Orphans drinks from the new water trough


The morning was beautifully bright with the stockade dependant orphan elephants coming out of their respective stockades in a happy mood, concentrating on their milk and supplement feeding before heading to the browsing grounds. Mbirikani and Naipoki took an early lead of the orphan herd driving them up Msinga Hill where there were a few green bushes for them to feed on.

Ajali and Ndoria browsed all the way to the peak and when they noticed that they had been left behind they maneuvered their way down the hill as quickly as they could so that they could rejoin their friends.

In the evening, once the orphans were back in their stockades, the team received a report of a stuck calf along the Mzima Springs-Mombasa water pipe line. The tour guide that reported the calf to the team informed them that it was stuck in a drying water hole and its family was unable to pull it out of the thick mud. The rescue team responded immediately and was able to get the calf free and reunite it with its mother and family.

While rescuing the calf the team saw a hungry lion cub, that appeared to be alone, and they brought it some meat. They hoped that with some additional energy it would be able to be reunited with its lost family.

Ajali maneuvering himself on the slippery rocks

Ndoria browsing

Mbirikani scratching up




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