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Last evening at about 7pm some wild elephants started to rumble and trumpet loudly as they announced their arrival at the stockade compound to the orphan herd. Ziwa and Faraja together with Ngasha responded with their own welcoming trumpets while Zongoloni and Sonje kept silent but raised their ears spreading them wide showing that they were not really that happy to see the wild elephants. Some of the wild elephants charged at the trees which left the orphans confused as to what they were up to. The keepers walked to Murera to calm her down before going to tend to Mwashoti who seemed to be very scared of the charging big bulls.

In the morning the orphans made their way to the Chyulu Hills where they found fresh elephant dung. Some of the babies decided to try and eat the dung, which elephants often do so as to find out what vegetation is good to eat. Alamaya was one of the orphans that wanted to taste the dung to see what he could learn as the group followed the path that the wild elephants had taken before them. They did not meet up with any wild elephants but did come across some buffaloes and other wildlife, none of whom seemed to happy to see the orphans and their keepers.

When the orphans arrived at the midday mud bath for their milk bottle, wallow and dust bath they found some buffalos enjoying a swim in their waterhole. Jasiri, Lima Lima and Quanza were not keen on waiting patiently for the buffaloes to finish wallowing and tried to scare them away as they wanted to get into the water to cool off and have the waterhole all to themselves.

Playful babies walk to the forest

Murera stretches her body

Ngasha arrives at the water hole


Last night it seemed as if all the wild elephants from around the Kibwezi Forest converged at the orphans stockades and walked all around them, stopping at the all the water troughs in the area. The wild elephants were very noisy as they rumbled loudly and charged everywhere. The wild herd was quite big and had several babies among them all of whom seemed thirsty and wanted to have a drink of water at the stockade water troughs. Once they had finished all the water they again took to charging in the trees. The keepers came out of their tents into the darkness to see what was going on and were happy to see the wild elephants and their young drinking water and dust bathing at the dusting point.

The following day at the mud bath area we found a massive mess with many yellow fever acacia trees having been pushed over. Most of these were ones that the keepers usually sat under to have their lunch while the orphans enjoyed a mud bath or dustbath following their noon milk bottle. There was understandably lots of dung in the area and it was not long before Ziwa and other boys followed the path that the wild elephants had taken and Quanza kept them company. Murera and some of the others were a little scared of what the wild elephants had done and stuck quite close to the keepers.

Alamaya breaks off a soft branch

Babies drink water whilst their Keeper looks on

Murera leaves the dustbath


This morning Murera and Sonje began their day by browsing on pods that the wind had blown from the acacia trees during the night. The rest of the orphans were quick to join them and they all busied themselves picking up pods to feed on. Quanza stood a short distance away and watched them while she enjoyed the lucerne pellets that had been put out by the orphans. Ziwa suddenly remembered that pellets had been put out for them but by the time he got there he became upset and started to complain and fight with Quanza.

Quanza led the group to the Chyulu Hills where Lima Lima found some fresh vegetation for the group to feed on. Alamaya followed Lima Lima’s every single step putting his feet exactly where hers had been so that he could feed on the branches that she pulled down for him as he was too small to reach them. Mwashoti, Sonje, Murera and Zongoloni browsed together as a group while Ziwa, Jasiri and Ngasha walked ahead while Ziwa, Jasiri and Ngasha moved further away from the group acting as if they were independent big boys who did not need to be among the matriarchs of the group.

Orphans early morning drink of water

Orphans ready for morning activities

Mwashoti and Alamaya pushing games


It was fun and games at the mud bath today after the midday milk feeding. The orphans vigorously played in the dust, blowing it on their heads and rolling all over. Zongoloni and Lima Lima arrived first for the dust bath, rolling over trying to show the boys how smart they were at dusting themselves. The jealous boys very quickly joined them to compete with the girls. Faraja and Ziwa tried to outdo the girls until the show came to standstill, as the keepers and foster parents laughed out loud when they saw how Mwashoti was trying to play in the soil. He was throwing huge chucks of soil everywhere and all the way over to where the keepers were standing which forced everyone to run away, because he was blowing up such a huge dust cloud!

Jasiri turned very aggressive and started pushing Quanza and Zongoloni, which started a fight between the boys and girls as they fought for their space. The keepers tried to stop the big naughty boys from pushing the little boys, Alamaya and Mwashoti. After short while, two crane birds landed right next to where the elephants were dusting and scared the naughty boys away.

Orphans at the mud bath

Sonje very muddy after wallowing

Murera scratching his bottom


Wild elephants came to receive the babies as soon as they came out of the stockade early in the morning. Sonje raised her trunk high, trying to smell and locate where the wild elephants were. The keepers could not smell the elephants like Sonje and only saw the wild elephants when they came out from thick bush, almost up to where keepers were taking photos of the orphans. The wild elephants were not very settled and charged around in the bushes for a bit. Quanza walked light-heartedly up to one of the bull elephants but she did not get too close as she was warned by the bull to not approach too close. Murera took the lead and walked the other orphans to the higher ground where everyone was searching the fresh acacia pods.

At the waterhole all the orphans arrived and found some turtles floating in the water, something that apparently annoyed Ziwa and Ngasha and they kicked the water with their feet for the turtles to come out before they could start swimming in it.

Sonje playfully charges around in the bushes

Limalima wallowing in the mud

Mwashoti playfully mounting Sonje




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