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The babies were eagerly awaiting their milk bottles to close the year 2017 this morning. They were wondering if perhaps they would receive any extra treats today but the Keepers did not have anything except some extra seed pods which they distributed to the all the orphans, with an extra bottle of milk to special babies Alamaya and Mwashoti. The orphans were very happy and even Quanza, the shy girl, had a lovely smile on her face. Murera and other older girls did not want to walk a lot looking for food today so it was just a relaxing and lovely day to end 2017 and welcome in the New Year.  

Orphans at the dusting point

Orphans eating some pods

Lima Lima and Alamaya playing

Orphans having fun wallowing


The elephants came out of their rooms after enjoying their night and playing among themselves, waiting for the new day to come. Lima Lima was tirelessly pushing at her gates and wooden walls, trying to get out as she could see the keepers preparing their morning bottles. Quanza was blocking greedy Lima Lima so she would not obstruct the keepers from being able to feed all the babies.

As the orphans walked towards the Umani Hills, some buffaloes came out of the bushes to join them, walking behind the group. A male bush buck crossed Alamaya and Mwashoti’s path and the boys ran after him, trumpeting as they chased him away. Lima Lima and Zongoloni joined in as they felt it was a good game and also that the bush buck had interrupted their peaceful time browsing.

Murera scratching her body on the sign post

Alamaya with Zongoloni

Jasiri scratching his neck

Murera and Zongoloni guarding Alamaya


Mwashoti received the foster parents staying at Umani Springs very warmly this morning. He gave low rumbles and put his trunk out to wave at them and say ‘jambo’. Faraja with Quanza then walked away to lead the rest of the orphans out for the day, walking towards the springs and avoiding getting their feet wet on the long green grass. Mwashoti followed Murera and tried to go under her belly like a wild elephant baby. Murera knew he was just acting like a baby would but after trying to suckle from her for some time she blocked his way with her leg.  

Mwashoti waiting with his friends for milk time

Quanza browsing in the bushes

Ziwa sucks his trunk after bottle feeding

Quanza walking separately from her friends


This morning Sonje walked straight to a wooden post as they came out of their stockades, trying to scratch her left hind hip and leg. Some of the babies went to the elephant loading bay wall to scratch themselves, whilst the bulls Faraja and Jasiri were busy pushing each and enjoying some morning exercise.

Some wild elephants walked out from the bushes around the stockades and walked over to join the orphans. Sonje and Quanza looking worried about the wild friends joining them, but Lima Lima and Faraja were more interested and approached the wild elephants to greet them.

At the waterholes today none of the orphans went to drink water again, as they are finding plenty in the forest throughout the day. They didn’t even want to dust bath today; they just had their bottles and moved away as the keepers had their lunch under a tree. Murera and Sonje walked to the tree to wait for the keepers so they could escort them to the forest for the rest of the day, until it was time to head back to the stockades.

Lima Lima and Alamaya playing

Zongoloni with her friends at mud bath

Quanza walking up the hill

Little Mwashoti rolls over in the mud


The bulls like Faraja, Jasiri and Ngasha wanted to be independent from the matriarchs today, keeping their distance and not wanting Sonje to browse with them or even play in the mud with them as they sometimes do. Zongoloni wanted to join Ziwa, Ngasha and Faraja but then decided to turn and follow Mwashoti and Murera.

At the waterhole no elephant walked to the water hole because it is still so wet in the forest and they have no need to bathe in the big mud bath. A crocodile was trying to come out from the water near the water trough when Lima Lima saw it. Jasiri and Quanza then saw it too and trumpeted very loudly trying to scare the crocodile away, even though it was just a baby. Murera and Sonje then led the orphans along a path some wild elephants had taken, as Sonje was trying to lead them to see the wild bulls. The bulls did not like the keepers very much and were quite aloof, so the orphans did not really approach them and came back to the keepers to keep walking in the forest.

Very playful, happy babies

Jasiri turns very muddy

Alamaya drinking in his own style

Zongoloni and Jasiri holding his empty bottle

Murera having her bottle




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