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11/24/2018 

It was a cold morning and there was some light rain as the orphan elephants happily played a game of hide and seek around the stockade compound following their milk and the supplement feeding. While they were playing, Dabassa arrived and went straight to Nelion, engaging him in a play fighting game. Panda took on Ndotto for a strength testing game and was happy to see that she was the winner. Panda then enjoyed a pushing game with Dabassa while Murit engaged his best friend Ngilai.

Mashariki and Mudanda took the lead up the southern side of Msinga Hill while Dabassa made his way towards the Mzima spring-Mombasa water pipeline area. After browsing for more than three hours, Kihari lay down and slid downhill into a muddy patch. Her game attracted the attention of Bada who tried to copy her but had to stop playing as he was blocking the path and preventing Panda and Araba from coming downhill for the noon milk feed at the foot of Msinga Hill.
 

Panda left and Ndotto strength testing


Kihari relaxing


Bada relaxing and blocking the path

11/18/2018 

This morning the orphans played happily around the stockade compound following their milk and supplement feeding. Ndotto lay down to play which attracted Kihariís attention, and she went over to engage Ndotto in a wrestling match, but was beaten to it by Ndii who managed to get there first.
Kenia seemed jealous of Ndiiís interaction with the young orphan elephants and went to lie next to Ndii so that the she could get some attention from the babies of the group as well.

Once out in the bush, the orphans settled to browse in single file. Nelion sought out Ndoria for a play fight but was ignored by Ndoria who was focused on browsing. The milk dependent orphans had their bottles close to the middle waterhole but didnít wallow as it was a chilly day.
 

Kihari playing with Ndotto


Nelion trying to engage Ndoria


Ndotto in the field

11/17/2018 

It was a nice beginning to the day as the stockade dependent orphan elephants exited their stockades amid light rainfall. There were some brief socializing moments around the stockade compound before the herd headed to the field under Lentili and Mudandaís leadership.

The orphans browsed their way up the northern side of Msinga Hill, with Panda remaining at the bottom together with Mashariki, Bada and Ndotto. Ngilai enjoyed a wonderful scratching session of his entire body against the rocks on the hill before lying down on the wet earth. Arruba, Mbegu, Godoma and Embu took to separate rocks for a scratch.

Later in the morning, Panda and Mashariki decided to join their friends and had to make the long way up as they encountered a rock that was quite steep which they couldnít climb. The milk dependent orphans came down for their milk feed before rejoining their friends. Naipoki and Tundani ended the days browsing activities with a wonderful wrestling match before following their friends back to the stockades for the night.
 

Ngilai scratching


Arruba scratching


Bada playing with Tundani

11/16/2018 

This morning the orphans teamed up to play various games around the stockade compound. Panda sat on a flat rock in the stockade compound and enjoyed scratching her bottom against it. Kihari engaged Ndotto in a tough wrestling match. When the game neared its end Kihari pretended to run away from Ndotto, as if conceding defeat and thus allowing Ndotto to be the winner of their game. This made Ndottoís day and he charged around trumpeting happily before following his friends to the browsing field.

Arruba and Rorogoi were very affectionate towards each other today, hugging one another by softly placing their trunks onto each otherís forehead and entwining their trunks. Once out in the field the orphans settled to browse on the northern side of the stockade.

Light rain fell later in the afternoon which the orphans enjoyed as they browsed on the moist grass. The group did not visit the waterhole today and spent the afternoon browsing on the northern foot of Msinga Hill.
 

Panda scratching


Kihari left playing with Ndotto


Bada right and Ndotto

11/13/2018 

As usual the orphans downed their milk bottles as soon as they exited their stockades and then went to enjoy the Lucerne pellets that had been put out for them. The orphan herd then headed to the browsing fields under the stewardship of Arruba, Suswa and Naipoki who led the group halfway up the northern side of Msinga Hill. Tundani, Mbegu and Ndotto remained browsing at the foot of the Hill, with Ishaq-B wanting to stay with Mbegu, but deciding not to when she saw that Tundani was with them.

The morning browsing session was peaceful as the orphans feasted on lush green grass and bush. Kenia had a scratching session against a big rock boulder and invited Ngilai and Ndotto to join her before the group left for the baobab tree water hole. After milk feeding and a drink at the water trough, Murit led his friends into the mud bath. The orphans splashed and rolled around in the water while Godoma submerged herself in the middle of the mud bath and had a lovely time wallowing.
 

Lasayen in a bush area


Kenia scratching


Mbegu scratching her head

 

 

 

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