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It was a nice beginning of the day with the stockade dependant orphan elephants playing happily around the stockade compound leaving when Dabassa and Layoni made their grand entry into the compound.

The orphans went half way up the eastern side of Msinga Hill where they settled for the mornings browsing activities. When it was time for the mud bath and afternoon milk feed the orphans descended and had a lovely time wallowing in the water following the milk and dairy cube feeding. Mbirikani and Ishaq-B ran in and out of water in what was perceived to be some kind of competition. Ajali seemed to like their game and joined in, even though he is not usually a fan of the water.

After a wonderful noon mud bath, Mbirikani and Tundani went for a scratching session against a big tree trunk while Kenia and Arruba waited to have a turn when they were done. The rest of the browsing day was spent browsing peacefully with Bada and Mudanda taking the lead of the orphan herd in the evening when it was time to return to the stockades.

Ishaq-B having a lovely mudbath

Mbirikani mudbathing

Tundani scratching

Ajali and Nguvu browsing together


This morning Dabassa and Layoni missed seeing the orphans as they arrived at the stockades after the juniors had left for the field. The two later went to look for their younger friends but headed to the wrong waterhole thus not managing to meet up with them.

Ndii, Kenia and Ishaq-B were all enjoying close browsing ties with their darling Araba throughout the day. The orphans visited the baobab water hole at noon where they had a lot of fun playing mud bathing games before moving resuming their browsing activities.

In the evening, when the orphans returned to the safety of the stockades for the night, Embu, Rorogoi, Suswa, Arruba and Bada were brought into Tahri's big stockade so that they could socialize and get to know each other in preparation of her joining them in the fields. Arruba and Embu were quick to embrace their new friend while Suswa, Rorogoi and Bada showed little interest in her.

Lovely Ishaq-B

Araba being followed by Ndii

Suswa scratching

Tahri in the stocakde


It was morning full of blessings as it rained quite heavily during the night and was still raining as the orphan elephants exited their stockades for the morning milk bottle. They did not hang around the stockade compound this morning and were quick to leave for the browsing grounds under the leadership of Arruba, Suswa and Lentili.

The orphans browsed in single file, enjoying the moist grass and vegetation that was shooting up following the recent light rain showers. After browsing for more than three hours, Panda, Ndii and Ajali led the others onto Msinga Hill. As they were climbing the three noticed that the rocks were wet and steep and could be dangerous for the group. They abandoned their uphill climb and remained at the base of the hill. The orphans had their midday milk bottle at the northern foot of Msinga Hill and did not visit the waterhole as they had managed to quench their thirst at all of the fresh rain water puddles.


Lentili browsing

Ajali on Msinga Hill


The morning was good with the orphan elephants exiting their stockades amid light rain showers.
Lempaute and Kivuko have joined up with Lesanju, Ndara and Emily's herds leaving the two boys, Dabassa and Layoni, behind.

The orphans browsed half way up the western side of Msinga Hill, under the leadership of Bada and Mbirikani, with the sun penetrating the thick clouds bringing some warmth to the area. The group made their way to the mud bath at noon, for their milk bottle, arriving in groups of four. They then had a lot of fun playing mud bathing games, with Arruba engaging Naipoki in a tough mud bathing game.

Nelion did not partake of the mud bathing games choosing to instead enjoy a scratching session against the baobab tree where he seemed so relaxed that he fell into a light slumber, waking only when Ndii came to join him for a scratch. Mudanda had a wonderful rolling in the dust game before the group headed out for the afternoons browsing session.

Bada scratching

Mbirikani browsing

Naipoki enjoying feeding on a stick



This morning, while the orphans were out in the browsing fields, it started to drizzle covering the dry earth with rain drops. Arruba lay down on the soil which was quite warm and started to dose off. Rorogoi, Mbirikani, Suswa and Ndoria became worried that Arruba may be feeling ill and went to check on her.

In the afternoon the orphans visited the baobab water hole where they enjoyed their afternoon milk bottle and drink of water but did not partake in a mud bath. They browsed their way to the middle waterhole before slowly making their way back to the safety of the stockades for the night.

This afternoon Luna’s glucose levels dropped and just like Kavu she was placed on a drip. Sadly Kavu died at about 3pm in the afternoon. Most of the orphans that have been brought to the Voi stockades have been victims of drought and have all been in a state of collapse which they have had a hard time recovering from.

Arruba having a nap

Rorogoi browsing





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