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11/30/2018 

The morning started with the usual routine of milk and supplement feeding after which the orphans headed to the browsing grounds. They browsed their way to the far northern side of the stockade before slowing making their way to the baobab tree waterhole.

It was nice and sunny as the orphans arrived in groups of five for their noon milk bottle after which they plunged into the water for a wonderful mud bath. Ndoria sucked water up into her trunk which she then lifted into the air and sprayed the water out like a fountain splashing those around her. Arruba, Suswa and Embu were busy rolling around in the water enjoying themselves while Ndoria continued to splash her friends. Ndii, Kenia and Kihari took Araba and Tahri for a dust bath on the red earth piles close to the waterhole. The group then concentrated on their browsing activities for the rest of the day before returning to the stockades for the night.
 

Tundani and Naipoki strength testing


Kihari playing


Ndii in the water trough

11/29/2018 

It was another wonderful beginning to the day with the milk dependent orphan elephants assembling in a nearly perfect straight line for their delicious milk bottle. Rorogoi and Suswa tried to introduce a play fighting game to their fellow friends who showed no interest as they were intent on beginning the days browsing activities.

After feeding for three hours, Kenia's herd, who had explored the northern side of Msinga Hill, joined a wild cow and her two calves for a browsing session. Araba, Tahri and Aruba wanted to greet the younger calf but were prevented from getting too close by her teenage sister who was intent on keeping them away from the baby. Kenia rejoined Mbeguís herd as they made their way to the waterhole.

A thick cloud had covered the sun and the orphan elephants were reluctant to enter the mud bath. Once the cloud cleared the orphans changed their mind and eagerly made their way back for a swim. Kihari, Arruba and Embu enjoyed rolling around in the water while Ndii chose to avoid the wallow and climbed into the water trough for a bath instead. Naipoki interrupted Tundani from a soil bathing game and the two quickly became embroiled in a strength testing game. The afternoon was spent browsing close to the baobab tree waterhole.
 

Nguvu browsing


Mudanda browsing


Ndoria watching Mashariki's games

11/19/2018 

It was a bright morning as the orphans exited their stockades for their morning milk bottles and supplement feeding. Nelion and Tundani were busy playing a pushing game, while Mudanda and Mashariki were feasting on the very green branches from the acacia tree at the stockade fence line.

The orphans left the stockade under the leadership of Mbegu and Godoma and enjoyed a morning browsing before visiting the baobab water hole in the afternoon. They entered the water after the mid-day milk fee and had a wonderful mud bathing session. Araba, Rorogoi and Embu shone with their rolling in the mud game, with Arruba coming in and lying on Rorogoiís stomach, impairing her movements. Araba was busy running from one edge of the water hole to the other, kicking the muddy water with her front feet. Naipoki and Tundani stayed out of the water and enjoyed a wrestling match at its edge.

In the afternoon Panda enjoyed browsing with little Tahri and the two spent the entire afternoon together before returning to the stockades for the night with the rest of the orphan herd.
 

Araba left and Ndii


Naipoki left and Tundani playing


Rorogoi having fun at the mudbath

11/17/2018 

It was a nice beginning to the day as the stockade dependent orphan elephants exited their stockades amid light rainfall. There were some brief socializing moments around the stockade compound before the herd headed to the field under Lentili and Mudandaís leadership.

The orphans browsed their way up the northern side of Msinga Hill, with Panda remaining at the bottom together with Mashariki, Bada and Ndotto. Ngilai enjoyed a wonderful scratching session of his entire body against the rocks on the hill before lying down on the wet earth. Arruba, Mbegu, Godoma and Embu took to separate rocks for a scratch.

Later in the morning, Panda and Mashariki decided to join their friends and had to make the long way up as they encountered a rock that was quite steep which they couldnít climb. The milk dependent orphans came down for their milk feed before rejoining their friends. Naipoki and Tundani ended the days browsing activities with a wonderful wrestling match before following their friends back to the stockades for the night.
 

Ngilai scratching


Arruba scratching


Bada playing with Tundani

11/13/2018 

As usual the orphans downed their milk bottles as soon as they exited their stockades and then went to enjoy the Lucerne pellets that had been put out for them. The orphan herd then headed to the browsing fields under the stewardship of Arruba, Suswa and Naipoki who led the group halfway up the northern side of Msinga Hill. Tundani, Mbegu and Ndotto remained browsing at the foot of the Hill, with Ishaq-B wanting to stay with Mbegu, but deciding not to when she saw that Tundani was with them.

The morning browsing session was peaceful as the orphans feasted on lush green grass and bush. Kenia had a scratching session against a big rock boulder and invited Ngilai and Ndotto to join her before the group left for the baobab tree water hole. After milk feeding and a drink at the water trough, Murit led his friends into the mud bath. The orphans splashed and rolled around in the water while Godoma submerged herself in the middle of the mud bath and had a lovely time wallowing.
 

Lasayen in a bush area


Kenia scratching


Mbegu scratching her head

 

 

 

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