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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


As soon as the orphans exited their night quarters in the morning they all went in search of acacia pods. Ziwa could not find anything and picked up a stick with his trunk and began to draw lines on the ground as if wanting to communicate something to the keepers. Of course all the keepers saw was squiggles which meant nothing to them.

Sonje tried to snatch the stick away from Ziwa and a running battle broke out between the two as they each tried to keep the stick for themselves and the keepers found their ongoing battle quite funny. A short while later the orphans all made their way to the forest for the morning browsing session.

Later on in the day the orphan herd made their way to the wild elephants waterhole where they all enjoyed a long mud bath to cool off as it was an extremely hot day and the orphans were all feeling the heat and could not wait to get into the water. Murera, Alamaya and Mwashoti headed to the center of the waterhole where it was quite deep and only their heads could be seen above the water, the younger boys thoroughly enjoyed the wallow with the adoptive mother Murera.

Limalima walking out to an open area

Orphans at the water trough

Ziwa scratching his bottom


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 rather cold during the night which continued into the morning as the orphans left their night quarters to begin their day. Murera and Mwashoti, both of whom suffer terribly with the cold, were very stiff this morning and were moving quite slowly. It took some time for them to warm up but by the time the orphan herd had made their way to the forest they were feeling much better and were not as stiff as they had been when their day began.
The orphans made their way to the Umani Hills in search of fresh branches and green to browse on until it was time to head towards the noon bottle feed and waterhole. The orphans were not the only ones browsing on the hills as some buffaloes were grazing around the slopes of the hill quite close to where Ziwa, Faraja and Ngasha were browsing. One of the buffaloes tired to push down a tree branch giving the elephants a bit of a fright. Jasiri did not seem to want to know what it was that had frightened them and as the orphan herd made their way to the wallow Zongoloni stopped to look back to see what it was that had disturbed the group.  

Ziwa splashing mud

Wild bull visits and dusts himself

Orphans drink water before heading home


Today Mwashoti was in an energetic mood and was acting older than he actually is. The keepers saw him continuously trying to mount the older girls even though they are older and bigger than he is. He was seen play mounting Sonje and Lima Lima while Alamaya attempted to mount Zongoloni. The keepers were surprised by Mwashoti’s behaviour as he is usually one of the quieter orphans in the Umani orphans herd.
At the noon mud bath the orphans were all in a very jovial mood and could not wait to cool off from the heat of the day. They enjoyed a refreshing and cooling wallow followed by a dust bath. They began with splashing water over their heads after which they all dove in for a swim. Alamaya became a little stuck in the mud and could not get his hind legs free but with Ziwa’s help was able to get his legs unstuck and leave the water hole for the dust bath.  

Orphans browsing peacefully

Sonje walking away with Mwashoti after mudbath

Ngasha dusting his back




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