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The morning was beautifully bright with the stockade dependant orphans leaving the stockade as soon as they had finished their milk bottle and supplement foods. They travelled to the far northern side of the stockade browsing as they went, before turning around so as to arrive at the middle water hole slightly later than usual.

When moving towards the water hole for the milk feed, Nelion could not keep up with Rorogoi and so grabbed Rorogoi's tail in a bid to hold her back, but was unsuccessful in doing so. Nelson tried to engage Embu in a wrestling match but Embu however, ignored his advances.

At the mud bath the orphans encountered a big wild elephant herd that was drinking some water and the orphans enjoyed a wonderful bath with their wild friends. Bada went to enjoy some wonderful scratching games on the walls of the mud bath as he showed off his games to the visiting wild elephant herd. The two herds browsed together for half an hour before the wild elephants left in the direction of the Voi river circuit.

The stockade keepers were involved in the rescue of another orphan today. This orphan was rescued from Rukinga ranch and was immediately airlifted to the Nairobi Nursery.

Nelion and Embu

Embu browsing

Nelion grabbing Rorogoi's tail

Orphans interacting with a wild herd


It was a lucky day for a baby found wandering alone on Rukinga Ranch near the roadside town of MacKinnon Road yesterday evening who spend a night at the Ranch before being flown to Nairobi. He is a baby bull of about 2 weeks, and arrived in good condition, took milk, and has settled well. 

MacKinnon just after he arrived

Kithaka makes a splash


It was another lucky day for another orphan, who had fallen into an erosion gulley in the hostile territory of the Duruma tribe, who would have killed the calf had the Chief not restrained them and reported its presence to the staff of nearby Rukinga Ranch. They informed our Voi Elephant Keepers, who came to help rescue the calf and get it airlifted to Nairobi. It was a young bull aged about l8 months and very weak, having obviously been without his mother’s milk for sometime. He was named “Saseni” after a hill close to where he was found.  

Saseni is helped to his feet



The body of little Rukinga was laid to rest in the Park forest behind the Trust compound, where many others who could not make it, rest in peace. Solio continues to lead her Keepers a dance. Having enjoyed a game playing with Maxwell through the bars of his compound, she ran off into the forest, giving her Keepers the slip, (with a smile on her face). During the Open Mudbath hour she turned up at the mudbath briefly, all the visitors asked to withdraw, until she wandered off and voluntarily returned to her Stockade where the visitors could access her. 

Max browsing


Quanza is very happy to be out with the other orphans, and behaved extremely well during the Public Viewing hour, taking her cue from the other elephants. She is reacting well to the Keepers and loves all the other elephants, not yet having chosen a best friend. Poor little Rukinga passed away this evening, despite the best efforts of a full time Veterinarian to try and save him, and the Trust’s new Blood Diagnostic Equipment. He will be sorely missed by all the other orphans, and also by his human family.  

Quanza with Narok


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