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The gates of the stockade were opened in the morning and the youngest six orphan elephants of Mbegu’s herd came running out to grab their delicious milk bottles and down them in a matter of seconds. The juniors then joined their older friends at the Lucerne pellet feeding area. The orphans played briefly around the stockade compound before leaving to go out and browse for the day. They browsed in single file, visiting the baobab water hole that afternoon.

After their noon milk bottles, the orphans headed to drink water from the baobab tree water hole, where they encountered a big herd of wild buffalo that had nearly finished all the water in both the trough and the main water hole. Ndotto, who was at the front, stopped to watch and sniff out the hundreds of buffalos surrounding the water hole. Nelion and Bada got to the front of their friends and chased away the buffalo to give the orphans a chance to drink water. The buffalos stood at a distance watching the elephants who were not very comfortable playing in the water under the watchful eye of those buffalos. They later left the water hole browsing their way towards the Mzima-Mombasa water pipeline side for the afternoon browsing session. 

Embu busy browsing

Bada after charging the buffalo

Nelion sniffing


The milk dependent orphan elephants walked out of their respective stockades for their morning milk feed before joining their older friends in Kenia’s herd who were enjoying the supplements. Nguvu and Rorogoi had a little play fight after having some lucerne. Bada decided to take the lead of everyone towards the browsing grounds after all the stockade games were over. Mbegu, Ndotto and Panda, who were still finishing up the remains of the Lucerne grass pellets, charged out to join their friends once they were done gobbling up the remains of the pellets.

The morning’s browsing went very well as Godoma played a game of hide and seek with Murit and Ngilai. Ndotto later joined the three and tried to climb on their backs, as he has always been fond of climbing, and Godoma decided then to stop the game and follow their friends who were already leaving towards the baobab water hole. After a wonderful noon mud bath, the orphan elephants could not stand the scorching sun, so Ndoria and Mashariki led them to seek shelter under an acacia tree. They spent the afternoon browsing peacefully, before returning to the stockades that evening. 

Lasayen, Godoma and Ndotto

Mbegu after a mudbath

Lasayen having a drink of water


The day began with the orphan’s usual routine of milk and supplement feeding followed by games around the stockade compound. Ngilai engaged his best friend Lasayen head on in a wonderful play fighting encounter. Nelion lay on the ground and watched Ndotto’s scratching session against an outcropping rock boulder. Nelion then got up and went to join Ndotto but was prevented from doing so by Rorogoi who had been patiently waiting her turn and would not allow Nelion to jump the queue.

The orphan elephants left the stockade for the Park under the leadership of Mbegu and Lentili.
At noon they had a lot of fun at the mud bath before resuming with their browsing activities on the northern side of the baobab water hole under Lasayen’s leadership. They encountered a big wild herd of water bucks which they stopped to admire before continuing to browse. 

Ngilai playing with Lasayen

Nelion lying on the ground

Ndotto scratching


The milk dependent orphans came running out of the stockade assembling in a near-perfect straight line for their morning milk bottle after which they proceeded for the supplement feeding.
They then started playing games with Ndotto engaging both Kenia and Ndii in a play fighting game. The Keepers were a bit surprised as to Ndotto’s choice of play mates as both Kenia and Ndii are bigger than he is. Kenia, who usually avoids such games, seemed happy to oblige Ndotto. Lasayen was busy teasing Murit to play strength testing games while Godoma charged around the stockade perimeter fence line in an effort to keep baboons away from the stockade compound.

Later in the morning, the Voi Keepers received a report about three ex-orphans that were seen in the sisal estate sanctuary. On arriving at the sanctuary Ndara, her baby Neptune, Rombo and Taveta were found. The four were very shy and kept disappearing into some thick bush. Emily’s herd which consists of most of the other ex-orphans was not seen despite reports having been received that they had been drinking from the sanctuary water hole.  

Lasayen playing with Murit

Godoma charging

Ndii playing with Ndotto


The stockade dependent orphan elephants came out of their stockades in a happy mood and headed straight to their milk bottle which they wasted no time in drinking. Panda engaged Nelion in a play fighting game while sitting on one of the stockade terraces while Mbegu enjoyed a scratching session against a big rock in the stockade compound where she was joined by Rorogoi. Mbegu then took the lead of her friends to the browsing grounds.

The orphans browsed for about an hour on the northern foot of Msinga Hill where Arruba and Embu had a scratch against a big rock boulder. The orphan herd visited the baobab tree water hole where they had a lot of fun playing mud bathing games following their milk feed. Ndotto lay on Murit to stop him from being the star of the wallowing games while Nelion enjoyed scratching his bottom against a big rock. The rest of the days browsing activities took place close to Msinga Hill. 

Panda right playing with Nelion

Embu left and Arruba scratching

Ndotto after a dusbath




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