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It was a beautiful beginning of the day with the stockade dependant orphans leaving the stockade for the field as soon as they had finished their morning stockade routine. The orphans browsed their way onto the northern side of the stockade which had some tall green grass.

After a three hour browsing session, Thoma, Thor, and Seraa in company of the whole of Emily’s herd joined them for a while. The Ex Orphan herd had come with two wild elephant bulls. It is suspected that Laikipia, Lolokwe and Irima, who were the only ones missing, had been chased away from the group by the wild bulls.

All the wild born babies Emma, Eden, Safi, Inca and Thor were all very well and happy and they enjoyed playing with the stockade dependant orphans. Emma had some wonderful pushing games with Mudanda and Bada, with Rorogoi later coming in to join them. Emma then engaged Kenia in some pushing games which made Araba a little jealous and she gave her a side bump. Lentili had a soft spot for Thor and she stuck close to him while they browsed. One of the wild bulls has been with Emily’s herd for a while and today was enjoying following the junior’s games closely.

As the older orphans left towards the Voi river circuit, Nguvu placed himself in the middle of the Ex Orphan herd and left with them. Reinforcements were called from the stockade to get Nguvu back again as he is still milk dependent and needs to be with the orphan herd.

Stock dependent orphans with ex-orphans

Mudanda and Rorogoi play with Emma

Emma playing with Kenia, Araba getting jealous


It was a wonderful beginning of the day with the stockade dependant orphans concentrating on the supplement feeding after downloading their delicious milk bottle.
A short while later Lesanju’s herd arrived together with Lesanju, Tassia, Kivuko, Dabassa, and Sinya. The five joined the juniors in supplement feeding before socializing with them. Kivuko went to greet Rorogoi and the two had an amazing trunk touching encounter. Lesanju noticed Nguvu’s presence and went straight to greet and socialize with him. Ndii went to greet Sinya and together with Kivuko they had a drink at the stockade water trough. Kenia was in a hurry to get her group moving and away from the older group.

Dabassa, who had missed Tassia, took him to task in a tough wrestling match to test their strengths in competition with one another. The test of strength took long than expected with Lesanju intervening to stop the game. As soon after Tassia backed up, Dabassa felt victorious and celebrated by riding on Tassia’s back. Lesanju’s herd left for the field after the juniors but did not link up with them again. 

Rorogoi greeting Kivuko

Lesanju moving closer to Nguvu to greet him

Dabassa, Ndii and Kivuko


It was another perfect beginning to the day with the stockade dependant orphan elephants emptying a morning milk bottle and feeding onto supplements before following Ndii, Kenia and Naipoki towards the browsing grounds.

On reaching the northern foot of Msinga Hill, Mbirikani, Bada and Ndoria noticed the presence of Taveta and Tassia browsing further uphill. The three started to make their way towards them but had to stop half way there when they saw that the other orphans did not join them. The three came down at noon, joining the others as they made their way to the water hole.

The orphans went to drink their afternoon milk bottle in three groups with Mashariki, Naipoki and Kihari leading the 1st, 2nd and the 3rd groups respectively. Nguvu was comfortably taking his milk bottle in a settled pose and was more relaxed than he has been so far. The rest of the days browsing took place nearby once the orphans enjoyed a mud bathing session.

Tundani reaching for higher branches

Bada feasting on a green bush

Lentili scratching up


A rain session from the previous night continued into the morning with a heavy storm of wind sweeping across the entire Tsavo area. Soon after the stockade dependant orphan elephants were out of the stockades one of the stockade roofs was blown down.

The orphans browsed in a single file visiting the water hole that afternoon. Rorogoi and Araba had a wonderful mud bathing competition with Rorogoi giving it her all, sliding in and out of the water like an expert. Nguvu was also in the water enjoying the mudbath with the others. Bada went for a private bathing session, away from his competing friends, smearing thick red mud onto his body. Arruba took a little siesta drawing warmth from the soil while Ndii, Kenia, Kihari and Suswa enjoying their bath in the centre of the wallow. Lentili, Kenia and Rorogoi each took to their respective separate tree trunks for a wonderful scratching session. 

Orphans enjoy bathtime

Rorogoi scratching up

Arruba enjoying the warmth of the red soil


The morning was good with all the orphan’s enjoying their morning milk and supplement feeding before heading to the browsing grounds. Kenia, Embu, Nelion and Suswa took the lead of the others up the western side of Msinga Hill.

Kenia today was determined to reach the peak of the hill but was the only one to do so. Her adopted baby Araba gave up the journey half way up the hill and remained there together with the rest of the orphan group.

When it was time to go to the noon mudbath and milk feed Kenia was left behind as she was enjoying her private browsing session. She rejoined the rest of the group and her baby Araba at the waterhole after the milk feed.

The rest of the day was spent browsing close to the water pool.

Siria socializing with Kenia

Kenia browsing on the hill

Morani reaching for greener branches




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