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In the early morning hours today the orphans were very lucky to be visited by their wild elephant friends as soon as they came out of their pens. The herd of wild elephants looked very thirsty as they had just arrived and they went straight to the water trough for clean water to drink. One of the big bulls among the wild elephants walked up to Murera but she was shy and went to Mwashoti to make sure he did not come to any harm what with his compromised foot.

The wild bulls pushed Ngasha with his naughty friends Faraja and Jasiri into the bushes, leaving only Ziwa as they could see he was still young and not as naughty compared to Jasiri and friends. This left the wild females interacting with our orphan females like Lima Lima and Zongoloni.

We walked all morning and later arrived at the bottle feeding area around midday. This wild herd continued to walk around with us as if they were part of the orphan herd, but later they all left and walked towards the Chyulu Hills where their other wild friends were.

Ziwa sniffs the air to see where the others are

Faraja enjoys the soft green grass

Mwashoti follows Murera home


Mwashoti changed his exit strategy this morning and decided to lead all the orphans out to the bushes after their morning milk feeding. He lead the big girls Murera and Sonje out, who usually lead the way or sometimes Lima Lima or Zongoloni; Sonje normally leads as it is Murera’s role to watch from the back and make sure that everyone is behaving.

The orphans walked towards Kenze Hills where they both found nice, fresh acacia pods still hanging on the trees, but lots had already fallen to the ground too just waiting to be picked up by these excited elephants. Alamaya and Ziwa went to Mwashoti to join him in eating these delicious pods together. As they were finishing the last pods, a swarm of bees arrived that annoyed the keepers as they were relaxing, waiting for the orphans to finish so they could walk them to the bottle feeding area. The bees grew in number and soon the peaceful feeding on the acacia seed pods came to an end. Faraja and Ngasha were bright enough to follow their human family to where they were running; Ziwa was behind them running as Mwashoti kept pace with Murera at the back.

Sonje scratching on a tree

Murera playing with Jasiri

Orphans at the dust bath


At midday, Murera and Sonje were the last to arrive for the bottle feeding, after spending most of their time in the morning with some wild elephant bulls. The wild bulls were well behaved and both interacted nicely with orphans. However when the keepers called Lima Lima to come for milk feeding time the wild elephants got scared and ran away, as the keepers proceeded with the bottle feeding. After the orphans went into the mud bath to wallow and when they were finished with that they all went to dust bath to help dry their bodies. When they went back into the forest with Murera and Quanza in the lead of the other babies, their wild friends that had been waiting in the bushed went to wallow in the water hole they had just left.

All the orphans walked to the Chyulu Hills to browse for the rest of the afternoon as Ngasha and Jasiri were busy pushing each other as they normally do, trying to test their strength.

Ziwa scratching bottom on a rock

Ngasha picking at an Acacia tree

Mwashoti dusting games


Like all babies the orphans are growing day by day and the two smallest ones, Mwashoti and Alamaya, are becoming more confident in their abilities and strength engaging their older peers in games. The keepers were surprised when Alamaya managed to push Ngasha and then Zongoloni. The keepers were worried that Ngasha would retaliate and push Alamaya back but that did not happen. Sonje often rumbles encouragement to the youngsters and makes sure to stay close by so as to offer support should any of them become too rough with the youngsters.

When the noon milk bottle feed was over Mwashoti made the mistake of holding Alamaya’s half tail which Alamaya did not like and he quickly turned around and pushed Mwashoti to the ground. Murera was not happy with what Alamaya did and ran to Mwashoti to ensure that he was okay and was able to get back to his feet. Sonje also came over to ensure that he was okay and once they established that he was fine the group left to head back to the fields for the afternoon before returning to the stockades for the night.  

Sonje rumbles for Alamaya

Zongoloni exiting the water hole

Playful Faraja and Ngasha


Alamaya is becoming a rather naughty boy these days and likes to engage the other orphans, including the older orphans, in pushing games. Alamaya was in an energetic mood today and the keepers kept a close eye on him at the Lucerne feeding area and watched him engage Lima Lima in a strength test. He then went and pushed Zongoloni who was happy to play with him and allow him to test his skills on her, safe in the knowledge that he could not really do her any harm as she is bigger and stronger than he is and this way she also keeps him occupied so that he doesn’t engage the bigger orphans who may not be as accommodating as she is.

The big boys Jasiri and Ngasha would not do Alamaya any favours if he decided to play strength testing and pushing games with them and Zongoloni and the other older girls make sure that he does not try to engage them in any such games. When the babies had finished their noon milk bottle Sonje and Quanza led the rest of the group to the Chyulu Hills where they found some wild bulls browsing on bushes in the area. They did not go to greet the wild boys choosing instead to concentrate on their browsing activities. 

Murera talking the babies to the bush

Quanza ready to begin her day

Muddy orphans




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