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Alamaya thought himself very strong in the morning as he tried to push on some bigger, older elephants. He stayed behind Quanza however, knowing that if things changed and he was pushed hard Quanza would help rescue him. In the back Sonje was watching how eagerly Alamaya was pushing the big boys and girls, thinking how strong he was, but she knew these elephants were just being lenient and letting the little boy push against them to test his strength and tactics.

Today was a very busy pushing day for all the orphans. Some were charging the trees and kicking whatever they came across. Some trumpeting of wild elephants was heard in the forest alerted the keepers to be ready and watch out for them. As usual we had the help of lovely Lima Lima, who came to her favourite keeper Amos to tell her human family to be vigilant and care for themselves. The little Mwashoti made sure not to go in front of Murera whilst there were wild elephants about. A bull elephant approached Murera and Sonje but Murera stopped and looked for where Mwashoti was. Upon seeing Mwashoti she went to pick him up then all the keepers walked with Murera sideways to give the wild friends their own freedom and access to the orphans. Only Ziwa took his time with the wild bulls and later left when it was time for his milk bottle.

Murera browsing with the others

Ngasha and Ziwa playing at the dustbath

Zongoloni holding a stick

Orphans trying to cool down


Wild elephants appeared around the fields near the stockades and again they decided to follow and interact with the orphans. We gave enough space to the orphans so they could learn more about their new friends. Some of the boys did not want join them and only Ziwa went but he was pushed very hard by the bigger elephants and he came running back to where Sonje and Mwashoti were eating their branches. Zongoloni walked over to see who was shouting and found Ziwa running away from the big bull who pushed him back from the wild herd. When Lima Lima and Zongoloni approached them however they were accepted by the wild friends who were mainly bulls with two young females. Perhaps Ziwa did not approach them with the best etiquette!  

Jasiri climbing over Lima Lima

Faraja and Ziwa

Ngasha with a mouthful of vegetation

Ziwa browsing in the forest


It was the hottest day ever today, and Sonje and Ziwa could not wait for the other orphans to make their way to the water hole with the keepers. Instead Sonje sneaked away with Ziwa and they walked all way to the waterhole near the lodge, leaving Murera and the keepers far behind to take care of the other young ones. When Sonje arrived she started splashing muddy water behind her ears and Ziwa had his head just poking out of the water pool, making it hard to establish if there was an elephant there or not. Only Sonje made it obvious to the keepers to see some movement there and to finally realise Ziwa was inside the water enjoying a mud bath. After a short while the whole herd arrived with the young boys rushing to get to the mud and play. It was not only the elephants who were feeling hot; two buffaloes appeared to join the orphans and share the waterhole.

All the orphans came out of the waterhole with their whole body covered in dark mud all over, but feeling so cool and relaxed to go back to the forest and browse for a bit longer and fill their stomachs with greens.

Lima Lima and Murera

Orphans returning to the forest

Jasiri in the forest

Zongoloni scratching


The elephants began their morning walk to the browsing field as they made their way to the Chyulu Hills. Ziwa was in the lead today when the group came across a buffalo wallowing in some mud. He was so caked in mud that he scared the keepers and the orphans who all wanted to run away. Somehow Lima Lima was able to keep the group calm and in one place ignoring the keepers who were calling her name and wanting her to be careful. Lima Lima however did not feel in any danger nor at all threatened by the buffalo and her calmness was the best thing for everyone concerned.

In the afternoon Faraja and Zongoloni decided that it was time to return back to the stockades. Sonje however did not agree with the tow and led the orphan herd towards Kenze where they would be able to find some green vegetation to feed on before returning home for the night.

The babies having a drink from the water trough

Ziwa and Ngasha playing

Mwashoti scratching

Faraja having a lovely time at the dustbath


Last night was hectic for babies while inside their rooms as some baboons started to shout in the trees and were very noisy. This is one of the biggest alarm calls in nature and it was making the orphans nervous, especially little Mwashoti and Alamaya. Ziwa was pushing hard his gate to run away from the loud baboons. The keepers had to come out and walk around to keep the elephants calm and let them know they were safe. As the keepers walked around with their spotlights, eventually the baboons stopped making a noise, especially when the light was shone on them in the trees.

When finally dawn broke and it was time for the orphans to come out, none of them wanted to leave their lovely keepers. Murera with Lima Lima took all the babies to the keepers who were walking them along the paths to be sure of their safety and get their confidence back; that there was nothing to fear and they could fill their bellies with the greens from the Umani Hills.

Orphans dustbathing

Faraja browsing

Ngasha enjoying a solitary dustbath

Orphans relaxing




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