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This morning the stockade dependant orphan elephants rushed out of their stockades eager for their milk bottle after which they enjoyed feeding on supplements before leaving for the browsing grounds. Embu, Bada and Mudanda went high up Msinga Hill to browse. Mudanda and Bada came down for their afternoon milk bottle, while Embu remained at the top browsing away.

At 7.30 in the morning another Ex Orphan herd that had missed the standard gauge railway corridor followed the same path as Emily’s herd and arrived at the Voi gate where they waited for assistance to get back into the park. The group consisted of Icholta and her baby Inca, Thoma and her calf Thor, Seraa, Wasessa, Rombo and Mzima. Once back in the park they went straight to the stockades where they had a quick drink before heading off again.

In the evening, the male orphan eland Tawi took Kore and Ngulia to the wild. Efforts were made to get the three to return back to the stockade which Kore and Ngulia did. Tawi, however, ran off and remained in the park to live a wild life.



Icholta and Inca coming to the stocakde

Thor left and Inca



The orphans were in a jovial mood this morning and following their milk and supplement feeding enjoyed playing some hide and seek games around the stockade compound. When they left for the browsing fields they passed the four Ex Orphans who were busy browsing on the southern side of Msinga Hill.

At 8am, a report was received of an orphan elephant calf close to the Ndii area. The report came from Taru Carr-Hartley, who was with a keeper on a morning air patrol in search of Pasaka. The keeper and Taru initially thought that this female orphan elephant might be Pasaka. On getting closer to the calf
they noticed that calf could not be Pasaka as it was female. A rescue team was mounted consisting of keepers and members of the desnaring team and the four year old calf (Luna), another drought victim, was rescued.

In the evening a report came in from the sisal estate management of a sighting of Emily's herd in their sanctuary near Mugeno ranch. The keepers sent to identify the group were happy to find Emily, Eve, Emma, Edie and her calf Ella, Sweet Sally and her calf Safi, Laikipia, Lolokwe, Mweya and Rombo. Other members of Emily’s herd Thoma and her baby Thor, Seraa, Wasessa, Irima, Mzima and Siria were not among the group and the keepers believe that they may be together with Ndara and her baby Neptune, Lesanju, Sinya and Tassia who had been in the same sanctuary up until a week ago. The members of Emily’s herd were all in good shape despite the ongoing drought. 

Nelion walking towards a wild elephant herd

Ndii with a dry stick in her mouth

Luna in the stockades


In the morning the orphans enjoyed a game of around the stockade compound once they had finished enjoying their milk and supplements. Kenia and Ndii quickly took charge and together with their baby Araba the two led the group out to the browsing grounds.

The orphans had a lovely time browsing and as it was fairly cold they chose not to go into the waterhole. They had their noon milk bottle at the foot of Msinga Hill after which they went further uphill under the guidance of Mbirikani, Suswa and Nelion. Climbing the hill was quite tiring and the orphans looked for ways that they could cool off.

Emily’s herd was not seen this month even though the keepers carried out extensive monitoring patrols. Lempaute, Kivuko, Layoni and Dabassa were often seen browsing around Msinga Hill, while Mzima, Sinya, Taveta, Tassia, Rombo and Wasessa are believed to be with Ndara and Neptune.

Naipoki moves uphill to browse

Ndii browsing

Ndii, Araba and Kenia


The stockade dependant orphans drank their milk and enjoying some supplement feeding before engaging in various games at the stockade compound. Suswa welcomed her long time friend Arruba in sorting the baboon menace by charging at them preventing their entry into the stockade compound.

Ishaq-B and Mashariki enjoyed the lead of the orphan herd to the browsing grounds where they settled to feed. At 9.30am, Wasessa and Rombo, in the company of a teenage wild elephant calf, were seen browsing towards the Voi River without the other members of Lesanju and Emily’s herds. The three seem to be comfortable to be around one another. Kenia made a huge screaming protest on seeing them, but the three never bothered to come and join the juniors which left Kenia and Ndii very relieved.

The orphans visited the middle water hole where they had a lot of fun in mud bathing games, with the final browsing session taking place close to the water pool.

Tassia at the stockades

Kivuko at the water trough


It was a beautiful beginning of the day with Layoni, who spent the previous night browsing on Msinga Hill, being the earliest caller at the stockade. He joined the stockade dependant orphan elephants for the supplement feeding before leaving with them for the browsing grounds.

This is the second day that Layoni has spent the whole day with Kenia’s dependent herd. Kenia, Ndii, Naipoki and Kihari looked more settled as Layoni kept a low profile, leaving the decisions as to what direction to browse in to be made by the orphan group.

They spent the morning browsing peacefully before visiting the middle water hole that afternoon where they had a wonderful mud bath. Nguvu went to play with little Araba in the water with Kenia coming in at high speed, chasing him out of the water, keeping her adopted baby Araba by her side.

On returning to the stockade in the evening, Layoni interacted with Rombo, Wasessa, and Lempaute who had come to the stockade an hour earlier. Other members of Emily’s herd, whom Wasessa and Rombo were a part of, were not seen.

Rorogoi browsing

Tassia at the stockades




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