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9/16/2017 

The morning started with Lempaute, Kivuko, Dabassa and Layoni all coming well to the stockades in time to join the younger orphans for range cubes, Lucerne grass pellets, and copra cake.
Naipoki and Kenia then took the lead of their group towards the browsing grounds leaving the four Ex Orphans behind at the stockade. Tundani found himself at a cross roads as to whether to follow his group or remain with the four seniors. In the end he decided to follow the junior herd.

Later in the day, a collapsed female orphan elephant calf was seen by the Kenya Wildlife Service fence attendants and reported to the stockade and the veterinary unit. The calf, about three years old, was rescued and brought to the Voi stockade. It was severely dehydrated and it took many drips and hours before she was able to get to her feet with lots of assistance from the keepers and rope straps. She collapsed again at about 2am and the drips continued through the night.
 

Ndii looking after Arraba


Orphans browsing on Msinga Hill


The 3yr old female calf that was rescued

9/15/2017 

The stockade dependant orphan elephants came running out of their stockades straight for their milk bottles which they quickly downed before settling to enjoy the supplement foods that had been put out for them.

Layoni came to the stockades and joined the babies at the supplement feeding area. Once they were done feeding he went and engaged Panda in a strength testing pushing game before joining the juniors as they headed to the browsing grounds. He followed them for a while before heading to the western side of Msina Hill for a browsing session while the juniors made their way to the far northern side of the stockade under Kihari and Lentiliís leadership.

In the afternoon, at the waterhole, the orphans all had a lot of fun playing mud bathing games. Tundani chose not to enter the water and instead lay at the edge of the pool playing soil dusting games. Ndii led the group out of the water and to the browsing fields for the afternoon browsing session.
 

Kivuko waiting to start browsing activities


Mbirikani enjoying the lucerne grass


Nguvu and Pasaka ready to move on

9/13/2017 

This morning the stockade dependant orphan elephants enjoyed their morning milk bottle and supplement feeds after which, amidst light rain sprinkles, they enjoyed playing games around the stockade compound. Tundani seemed to take a brief nap from which she was awoken when she heard her friends heading out to the fields.

The orphans settled on the northern foot of Msinga hill to browse with Kenia and Ndii leading them all to the baobab water hole at noon. The orphans all enjoyed a wonderful cooling wallow during which they vigorously kicked the water with their front legs while Mashariki, Embu and Bada scooped trunkfulls of mud, carefully spraying themselves with it until most of their bodies were covered. The orphans then took refuge from the scorching sun under big acacia and baobab trees before proceeding with the afternoons browsing activities.
 

Tundani browsing


Nguvu taking the lead


Panda following the others down the hill

9/12/2017 

It was another wonderful morning Keniaís herd exited their stockades and enjoying an early morning milk bottle before settling to feed on range cubes, copra cake and Lucerne grass pellets.
They then enjoyed some dust bathing and scratching games around the stockade compound before heading to the browsing grounds.

Soon after they left the stockade, Dabassa and Layoni arrived. Layoni saw the leaving orphans and ran to catch Panda and engage her in a wrestling match. Panda did not want to be left behind by her group and as such ignored Layoniís advances.

On arrival on the western foot of Msinga hill, Tundani, Mbirikani and Bada steered the group to the peak of the hill which was cool and had palatable browse resulting in the orphans spending the whole day browsing there. They only descended in the evening in order to return to the safety of the stockades for the night.
 

Suswa browsing


Nguvu following the others


Mbirikani and Dabassa at the stockades

9/2/2017 

It was a wonderful beginning of the day with Kivuko and Lempaute arriving at the stockades first thing in the morning. Together with the orphan herd they enjoyed feeding on Lucerne pellets that had been mashed together with copra cake. The babies left their older friends feeding on Lucerne grass when they headed out to the browsing grounds.

The orphans browsed in single file, grabbing as much browse as possible in a slow and deliberate pacing motion. Nelion, Tundani and Mbirikani moved half way up the western side of Msinga hill rejoining the rest of the orphan herd when it was time for the noon milk feed.

The orphans as usual came in groups of five, downing their afternoon milk bottle and proceeding for the range cubes followed by wonderful mudbathing games. There was some commotion when Ndoria gripped Rorogoiís tail with her trunk in an attempt to bite it. This sent Rorogoi running out of the water screaming. The rest of the herd soon followed fearing that there may be something in the water.
 

Embu and Mashariki


Embu scratching up


Kenia leaning on Tundani

 

 

 

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