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6/24/2018 

The orphan elephants came out of their stockades in a happy mood ready for the milk and supplement feeding. Ndoria tried to engage Ngilai and Lasayen in a pushing game but was prevented from doing so by the keepers. Ishaq-B enjoyed scratching against rocks in the stockade compound where she was joined by Tundani. Murit and Lasayen engaged in a strength testing pushing match after which Lasayen had a scratching session against a tree trunk in the stockade compound.

The orphan elephants spent the morning browsing on the far northern side of the stockade before visiting the baobab water hole in the afternoon. A big wild elephant herd totaling more than thirty members had been drinking from the baobab water hole and nearly emptied all the water by the time the orphans arrived and the trough, and waterhole had to be replenished.

In the evening Laikipia came to the stockades together with a wild elephant cow and her calf, to have a drink from the stockade water hole after the orphans had already entered their stockades. The wild calf felt very safe and secure with Laikipia, and spent about half an hour with him at the stockade before all three returned to the park.
 

Mashariki playing on the red soil


Panda in a playful mood


Ndoria scratching against a rock

6/23/2018 

Another wonderful morning began with the orphan elephants leaving the stockade and making their way to the browsing fields after their milk and supplement feeding. A few meters away from the stockade, the juniors met with their big bother Laikipia who stood by calmly waiting for them to join him. Mbegu seemed curious about Laikipia and walked all around him touching his body with her trunk. Laikipia then continued on to the stockade where he enjoyed feeding on copra cake following a drink of clean water from the stockade water trough.

Panda led the other orphans to the eastern side of Msinga Hill, before moving further uphill for a lone browsing session. She maneuvered herself between some big rocks, grabbing the lush green browse while the rest browsed a few meters downhill.

Lentili stopped her browsing to come and clamber over Ndotto who was lying down and playing rolling games. Ndotto struggled to get up and engaged Lentili in a pushing game. When they were done the two rejoined the group who were making their way to the water hole for an afternoon milk bottle and wallow.
 

Ishaq-B scratching against a rock


Lentili spoiling Ndotto's games


Murit and Lasayen strength games

6/19/2018 

It was a nice beginning to the day with the stockade dependent orphan elephants coming out of their respective stockades and concentrating on their milk and supplement feeding. On arriving at the western foot of Msinga Hill they encountered ex-orphan Laikipia who was heading towards the stockade for a drink. Laikipia stayed with the juniors and enjoyed receiving their caresses with their trunks as they greeted him warmly.

The orphans browsed half way up the northern side of Msinga Hill, with Godoma, Ndotto and Mbegu interacting freely with older ones. Tahri engaged Araba but Ndii came over and broke up their game by taking Tahri away for a browsing session.

At noon Murit was the first to plunge into the water for a wallow. He was having such fun that he was soon joined by Mudanda, Mashariki and Kihari all of whom wanted to join him and they all had a lot of fun playing mudbathing games. The afternoon was spent browsing close to the baobab water hole.
 

Mudanda browsing


Arruba splashing water


Tawi and Oltukai

6/10/2018 

The orphans walked out of their stockades and went straight for their milk bottles which they downed before enjoying the supplements that had been laid out for them. The orphan herd then followed the keepers and Mbeguís herd to the browsing fields. They browsed for two hours after which Nelion and Bada joined a small wild elephant family that was browsing nearby for a spell, before rejoining their friends.

Today Laikipia came and joined the orphans. Mbeguís herd is now more used to him and were happy to interact with the older ex-orphan. Laikipia spent some time with the babies before joining the same wild herd that Nelion and Bada had browsed with before his arrival. Ndotto, Murit and Mbegu escorted Laikipia for a short distance before returning to their friends.

At midday the group made their way to the baobab water hole where they had their milk and then wallowed in the water. Embu was the first to enter the water followed a few minutes later by Murit. Rorogoi joined Embu for some rolling in the water games and it was not long before all the others were doing the same. Ndotto and Ngilai did not want to join the rest of the group in the water and chose instead to enjoy a lovely dust bath.
 

Lasayen looking for his friends


Godoma enjoys browsing


Embu at mud-bath

6/7/2018 

It was a chilly morning with winds drifting down the southern side of Msinga Hill to the stockades. Once the stockade doors were opened the orphans came rushing out for their morning milk bottle. They then enjoyed browsing on range cubes before Lentili, Mudanda and Mbegu led the group towards the southern foot of Msinga Hill for the morning browsing session.

Today the orphans had a lovely surprise when ex-orphan Laikipia came and joined them at around 8:20am, following an absence of about six months as he was last seen in December 2017. Keniaís herd stretched their small trunks towards him to greet their older friend. Laikipia interacted with them briefly, touching them with his trunk. Rorogoi, Nelion and Mashariki welcomed him into the stockade dependent orphan elephant herd. He remained with them for a while before making his way to the stockades. Mbegu was quite curious about the older bull and followed him for some distance to see where he was going. On arrival at the stockade Laikipia had a drink of water before settling to enjoy the supplements that had been put out for him. He then headed to the northern side of Msinga Hill to browse. It was very nice to see him happy and healthy.
 

Rorogoi and Nelion pleased to see Laikipia


New orphans curious about Laikipia


Nelion and Tundani in strength testing games

 

 

 

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