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The orphan elephants walked left the stockade early this morning and headed to the browsing fields as soon as the milk and supplement feeding was over. Tahri interacted with Godoma and the two were seen browsing together and communicating in low rumbles. Kenia approached the two and embraced them tenderly touching them both with her trunk, giving them lots of love and affection.

In the afternoon, Mbegu, Ngilai, Lasayen, Ndotto, Murit and Godoma who arrived first for their noon milk bottle were escorted by a keeper to the baobab water hole where they found the big water bowser refilling the mud bath. The big size of the truck coupled with the huge down pour of water confused the youngsters who went running to their keepers who had to work hard to calm them down and assure them that everything was okay. Ngilai kept on occasionally lifting his trunk and sniffing the water bowser to make sure that it was not a big predator. Embu came in running into the mud bath and lay in the water stretching her trunk to grab Murit and Lasayen’s legs in an effort to get them to join her mud bathing games. In the end she managed to get Godoma to join her in some mud bath fun.

Ndotto became a little jealous of Lasayen's soil bathing games, and came in pushing him with his short tusks to get him to get up and leave his dusting position to him. Kenia enjoyed mud bathing games with Araba who continues to be Kenia’s favourite “baby” and has been reluctant to abandon Araba for any of the new arrivals which makes Araba very happy.

Mbegu and Lasayen scared by the water truck

Kenia and Kihari

Ndotto pushing Murit away


Early this morning the orphan elephants had finished their milk bottle and supplements and were ready to head to the fields for the days browsing activities. Mbegu took the lead with Ndotto, Lasayen, Murit, Godoma, and Ngilai following closely behind her. Lentili, who is used to leading, broke through the group and took the leading position with Ngilai closely following her.

After a little while spent browsing on the northern grounds of the stockade, Murit and Ndotto found their way to the center of the senior members of the herd. Ndii stretched her trunk towards them welcoming them to the group.

As the hours passed the day became warmer and Mbegu and Godoma were seen drawing water up from the stomachs to spray over their bodies in an effort to cool down. Their actions signaled that it was time for the group to make their way to the waterhole with the seven juniors being the first to arrive for their afternoon milk bottle. The seven were then seen taking shelter under a tree as they waited for the rest to arrive and finish their milk sot that they could all enjoy a mud bath in the middle waterhole.

Embu was seen holding Ndotto's leg with her trunk while in a lying down position bravely pulling him towards her in an effort to get him to join her mud bathing games. Ndii was the shining star at the mud bath today as she jumped into the baobab water trough and lay down for a swim. Mbegu, Ngilai, Godoma, and Murit were wide-eyed as they watched her lovely swimming game. Ndoria attempted to jump into the trough to join Ndii, but her short height played to her disadvantage and she was unable to get over the water trough wall. Ndoria then chose to enjoy a scratching session on the side of the water trough while Ndii siphoned water with her trunk from the trough and sprayed it onto Ndoria.

Ishaq-B then took Lasayen for a wonderful mud bathing game, before joining the rest of the group for the final browsing session of the day which took place close to the waterhole. In the evening Mbegu enjoyed leading the orphans back to the safety of the stockades for the night.

Embu moving to catch up with the others

Lasayen playing on the ground

Ndii playing in the water trough


It was a bright Sunday morning as the orphan elephants exited their stockades and downed their delicious milk bottle before their routine supplement feeding. There were some brief games after the morning feeding, with the orphan elephants following Mbegu towards the browsing grounds.

Upon arriving at the northern foot of Msinga Hill, Ndoria and Nguvu became naughty and attempted to take on Lasayen and bully him. Mashariki quickly came to the rescue and chased the two older orphans away.

In the afternoon Mbegu, Ngilai, Ndotto, Lasayen, Murit, Godoma, Tahri and Araba were the first to arrive for their milk bottle followed close by the senior members of the herd. The entire group then proceeded to the baobab water hole for a drink before entering the mud bath. Embu went right to middle of the babies and lay in the water rolling around while the new arrivals stood and watched her games but did not join in. Embu was soon joined by Arruba and her longtime friends Suswa who came and gave Arruba a huge trunk hug. Their wonderful game attracted Lasayen’s attention and they all enjoyed playing together. Mbegu and Ndotto came out of the water after splashing themselves with some mud and lay down on the red earth piles for a soil bathing game and were soon joined by Mudanda and Mashariki. Aruba went on for a fantastic scratching session against the baobab tree, before joining the others who were already moving away to the fields for the day’s final browsing session.

Ngilai out in the bush

Murit browsing

Ngilai, Ndotto and Murit going for milk


The orphan elephants were very happy as they exited their stockades this morning and emptied their milk bottles before proceeding for the range cube feeding. Mbegu’s herd interacted very well with Kenia’s for the days browsing activities.

The orphan elephants visited the stockade at noon, where the milk dependent orphan elephants enjoyed their afternoon milk bottle. Nelion and Ishaq-B engaged each other in a bathing competition, with the new arrivals watching them closely. Ishaq-B showcased her unique game of pocking the walls of the stockade water hole with her tusks while Godoma tried to copy her. Ndii saw their game and plunged into the water to challenge them, but was left surprised when the two sneaked out of the water leaving Ndii on her own. Arruba enjoyed a scratching session against one of the outcropping rocks in the stockade compound while Kihari lay down on the red earth piles as Mbegu watched.

Today the orphan elephants visited the middle water hole after the stockade bath, where Mbegu knelt down to wallow. Her game attracted Ndotto, Godoma, Ngilai and Lasayen who came to cheer on their mini-matriarch. The group then browsed their way to the big waterhole where Murit had a wonderful mud bath and became the day’s mud bathing star.

Ndii leading

Araba playing on the red earth

Nelion and Ishaq-B in the water


It was a wonderful Friday morning as the orphans began the days stockade activities before heading to the browsing fields. Ndii came up to Mbegu hugging her as she drank her milk bottle while Godoma and Ndotto stood by watching their interaction.

Kenia took charge of the group leading them half way up the southern side of Msinga Hill where they settled to browse. The interaction between the new arrivals and the Voi orphan elephants seems to have improved greatly. At midday Murit, Lasayen, and Godoma hurriedly ran into the stockade mud bath as it was a bright and sunny day while Arruba and Embu enjoyed separate rock scratching games.

Mbegu led the new arrivals into the water for a bath where she was joined by Godoma and Ngilai while Ndotto chose not to join them. Nelion and Embu enjoyed a soil dusting competition in the piles of red earth while Ndoria slid into the water from the water hole terrace in an attempt to showcase her bathing expertise. Ndii took her darling Tahri for some soil dusting games, assuring the youngster that she and not been abandoned for the new arrivals. The rest of the days browsing activities took place close by with Mbegu occasionally separating the other five nursery arrivals from the rest of the group so that she could enjoy some leadership abilities.

Rorogoi, Ndoria and others

Friendly Ndotto greeting the keepers

Nelion in the water




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