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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 the stockade dependant orphan elephants rushed out of their stockades eager for their milk bottle after which they enjoyed feeding on supplements before leaving for the browsing grounds. Embu, Bada and Mudanda went high up Msinga Hill to browse. Mudanda and Bada came down for their afternoon milk bottle, while Embu remained at the top browsing away.

At 7.30 in the morning another Ex Orphan herd that had missed the standard gauge railway corridor followed the same path as Emilyís herd and arrived at the Voi gate where they waited for assistance to get back into the park. The group consisted of Icholta and her baby Inca, Thoma and her calf Thor, Seraa, Wasessa, Rombo and Mzima. Once back in the park they went straight to the stockades where they had a quick drink before heading off again.

In the evening, the male orphan eland Tawi took Kore and Ngulia to the wild. Efforts were made to get the three to return back to the stockade which Kore and Ngulia did. Tawi, however, ran off and remained in the park to live a wild life.



Icholta and Inca coming to the stocakde

Thor left and Inca



Today, Emily, Eve, Emma, Edie, Eden, Sweet Sally, Safi, Lolokwe, Siria, Taveta, Mweya and two wild elephant bulls came and stood outside the park, behind the elephant grid at the park entrance. The group had had missed the standard gauge railway corridor and had followed the Ngutuni fence line to the park entrance where they awaited assistance to re enter the park. A section of fence was opened up for them and they made their way straight to the Voi stockade.
The group had walked from the sisal estate sanctuary, several miles away where they had been seen about two weeks ago, to the park entrance unharmed. Emma, Eden and Safi enjoyed a game of chasing one another around the stockade compound.

Lesanju, who had arrived at the stockade in the morning, was seen to be shying away from Emilyís herd. She then went to greet Eden at which point Taveta engaged her in a wrestling match. Lesanju left the stockade together with Emilyís herd later that day.

In the evening, at 6.40pm, a report of an orphan male elephant calf aged about three years old was reported by the Kenya wildlife Service gate attendants. The gate staff had received a message from a tour driver who found the orphan baby stuck in a ditch and in a state of collapse. It is believed that the orphan elephant had been there the whole night and day. The calf was rescued and following drips that were administered during the course of the night, it was able to get back to its feet.

Eden left, Emma and Savi

Taveta left and Siria having a drink


Lesanju having a drink


The orphans were in a jovial mood this morning and following their milk and supplement feeding enjoyed playing some hide and seek games around the stockade compound. When they left for the browsing fields they passed the four Ex Orphans who were busy browsing on the southern side of Msinga Hill.

At 8am, a report was received of an orphan elephant calf close to the Ndii area. The report came from Taru Carr-Hartley, who was with a keeper on a morning air patrol in search of Pasaka. The keeper and Taru initially thought that this female orphan elephant might be Pasaka. On getting closer to the calf
they noticed that calf could not be Pasaka as it was female. A rescue team was mounted consisting of keepers and members of the desnaring team and the four year old calf (Luna), another drought victim, was rescued.

In the evening a report came in from the sisal estate management of a sighting of Emily's herd in their sanctuary near Mugeno ranch. The keepers sent to identify the group were happy to find Emily, Eve, Emma, Edie and her calf Ella, Sweet Sally and her calf Safi, Laikipia, Lolokwe, Mweya and Rombo. Other members of Emilyís herd Thoma and her baby Thor, Seraa, Wasessa, Irima, Mzima and Siria were not among the group and the keepers believe that they may be together with Ndara and her baby Neptune, Lesanju, Sinya and Tassia who had been in the same sanctuary up until a week ago. The members of Emilyís herd were all in good shape despite the ongoing drought. 

Nelion walking towards a wild elephant herd

Ndii with a dry stick in her mouth

Luna in the stockades


This morning the stockade dependant orphan elephants were joined by Lempaute, Kivuko, Dabassa and Layoni at the Lucerne grass feeding area. Kenia, Naipoki and Kihari unanimously made the decision to lead the juniors away from the stockades leaving the four ex-orphans enjoying the nutritious Lucerne grass.

Later in the day, a wild elephant cow that had given birth to a calf the previous night was seen alone and engaged Ndara and Lesanjuís herd in a greeting ceremony in the Mwatate sisal estate sanctuary. The sanctuary scouts thought she was an ex-orphan from Emilyís herd re-uniting with Ndara. The keepers mobilized and made their way to the Mwatate sisal estate to see if they could identify the cow but got there too late as the cow and her calf had already moved on.

Ndara, Lesanju, Tassia and Sinya were looking very well and fat, but little Neptune seems to have lost a little weight due to the biting drought. Several bales of Lucerne grass, range cubes and copra cake were delivered to the sanctuary store to be given to the ex orphans and some Lucerne bales were given to them immediately.

Panda leading browsing activities

Tassia feeding on the lucerne grass

Lesanju enjoying the lucerne grass




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