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The orphans all exited their respective stockades early this morning anxious to begin their day and head out to the browsing fields following their morning milk bottle. Ziwa and Lima Lima did not want to leave for the forest as they were busy looking for pods. Lima Lima who is very greedy searched everywhere eating any pods that she could find, which was not easy as they are not in season but she would not stop looking until she felt she had had her fill.

Quanza walked straight to the fence line looking for lucerne pellets which had been put out for the orphans by the keepers. Alamaya and Mwashoti stayed close to Quanza and Sonje while the rest of the boys in the group headed away from the females and made their way to the water springs and beyond in the direction normally taken by the orphan herd. By the time the orphan herd arrived for their midday milk feed they found their bottles lined up waiting for them.

Some wild elephants and their calves came and joined the orphan herd trying to mingle with Sonje and Faraja. The orphans were quite scared of the wild group who were being quite pushy and were trying to mount the older girls. Zongoloni was particularly unhappy for the wild elephant’s behaviour as she felt it was not yet time for what they were trying to do. The orphan herd soon left the wild elephants and headed back to the fields for the afternoons browsing session.

Sonje eating acacia bark

Jasiri at the salt lick

Alamaya scratching itchy leg


Faraja and Ngasha engaged one another in a strength testing pushing game this morning which began before the milk feed and continued once they had finished their bottles. They were both on top form today and were pushing with a lot of strength. The game continued for a while and ended when Ngasha was pushed hard by Faraja and fell to the ground. He was not happy about being defeated and sought refuge with the keepers who had come to get the boys as it was time to head out for the day.
When they walked out to join the rest of the group they met up with Ziwa. While they were walking Faraja grabbed Ngasha’s tail making him cry out in a plea for help from Murera or any of the keepers. The keepers came and told Faraja off and he let go of Ngasha’s tail. Ngasha quickly ran to Ziwa for some solace and comfort. It was again drizzling as the group made their way to the forest and Mwashoti was seen trying to hide from the rain under Quanza’s belly. Unfortunately he was too big to fit properly and as such he went and sought refuge under Sonje.

It looked as if the Chyulu Hills had also received quite a bit of rain and the orphans made their way there to browse until it was time for the midday milk feed. As it was quite wet none of the orphans wallowed in the water choosing instead to have a quick dustbath before resuming with their browsing activities.

Zongoloni lying in the mud

Ngasha having a nap

Limalima and Faraja at the water trough


The orphans were in a happy mood when they left the stockade compound this morning and made their way to the water springs following the path taken by some of their wild friends the night before. The path was full of fresh dung and Murera kept stopping to pick up some dung and eat it. Eating the dung of wild elephants is one of the ways that the orphans learn what vegetation is the best to feed on.

When the orphans arrived at the Chyulu Hills today to browse, Quanza managed to find some fresh sweet branches to feed on and this meant she did not want to return to the mud wallow for the noon milk feed. Quanza is really old enough to be able to survive without milk and is not greedy like Lima Lima who always wants more than her share with the milk bottles, never arriving fast enough for her liking.

Quanza looking for Sonje in the forest

Mwashoti following Sonje into the bush

Ziwa cools off in the shade


During the night while the orphans were in their stockades and the keepers were in their tents, two leopards came around the stockade fence line trying to get up into the nearby trees. Their presence made Ziwa, Faraja and Ngasha very nervous, as were Alamaya and Mwashoti who started bellowing loudly seeking help from the matriarchs Murera and Sonje. Murera and Sonje were on the opposite side and did not know why their younger charges were so upset. The leopards had managed to get up into the trees which caused the orphans to start trumpeting very loudly making a lot of noise which brought the keepers running outside.

When the babies came out of their night quarters in the morning they were all still on high alert and very wary. Zongoloni and Quanza did not want to be on their own and stuck close to the keepers, all of them hoping that they would not see the leopard again.

Playful babies in the morning

Quanza can smell some wild friends

Mwashoti dusts and flaps his ears


Last night Sonje and Murera seemed to be quite agitated in their stockade and appeared to be pushing at the roof as well as at the gate and stockade walls. The keepers did not see anything that could be bothering them, so assumed that they were being mischievous and playing some sort of game. The keepers tired to get them to stop their nonsense but the two girls did not seem to be in listening mood. When they came out their stockade in the morning, Sonje was still in a pushing mood and tried to push her keepers but when they told her off, she took to charging at the trees pushing them. The keepers think that she may have been influenced by the wild elephants that had been around the stockades earlier last night, drinking from the waterhole.

Faraja and his friend Ziwa decided to make their way to the forest without the rest of the group. Quanza took the lead of the remaining orphan herd. Quanza held on to Zongoloni’s tail as they walked, something that Zongoloni didn’t like and she made her feelings known by pushing Quanza to get her to stop holding her tail. The orphans walked all the way to the Kenze area in search of fresh vegetation to feed on. Murera looked quite tired by the time the arrived on the hills and needed to take a bit of a rest. Mwashoti stopped to rest with her and the rest of the group stopped walking so that the two would not fall behind. Ngasha and Jasiri walked up to Zongoloni and the three showed lots of affection to one another as the happily interlocked their trunks rumbling gently amongst themselves.

Quanza picking up lucerne

Faraja feeling sleepy

Ngasha looking for soft branches




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