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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 Emily’s 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 Emily’s 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


It was a nice beginning of the day with the stockade dependant orphan elephants sticking to their usual feeding routine before following Kenia, Kihari and Naipoki out for the day.
The orphans went up Msinga Hill under the leadership of Tundani and Bada. They all scattered to different parts of the hill in search of some green vegetation.

The orphans had been browsing for three hours when Laikipia arrived and rumbled a greeting to his young friends before he made his way to the far northern side of the stockades where the members of Emily’s herd were believed to be browsing.

The juniors later visited the middle water hole in groups of five for milk and to quench their thirst. The rest of the days browsing activities took place close to the waterhole.

Laikipia greets the orphans as he walks by

Wild Zebras


The morning was perfect with the stockade dependant orphan elephants concentrating on their milk and supplement foods before heading to the browsing grounds. Ishaq-B took charge of leading the group to the browsing grounds. Kenia kept close browsing ties with her adopted baby Araba.

Later in the day Naipoki attempted to lead the rest of the orphan elephants up Msinga Hill but was met with some resistance by the rest who were happy to browse at the bottom of the hill and chose to remain where they were.

Three hours later Laikipia came walking alone past the stockade dependant orphan elephants as he made his way towards the water pipe line area. Ndoria and Bada became ambitious and tried to follow him but were not able to catch up with him in order to do so and as such they returned to their group. A short while later Rombo came past following Laikipia. He did not interact with the juniors as he was focused on catching up with his older friend.

Naipoki attempting to lead browsing

Ndoria and Bada attempt to follow Laikipia

Kenia keeping Araba close


It was a beautiful beginning to the day as the stockade dependent orphans came out of their respective stockades and downed their morning milk bottle before settling to feed on dairy cubes and Lucerne grass after which they followed Mbirikani and Mashariki to the browsing grounds. Mbirikani and Mashariki led the others up the eastern side of Msinga Hill where they enjoyed feeding on the lush green grass.

Ajali, who is a heavy feeder, was slow to follow the group as he was busy stuffing grass into his mouth. Arruba decided to stay with Ajali and the two browsed together as they slowly followed the rest of the group up Msinga Hill.

Siria was seen leading Emily’s herd that also had a big wild elephant bull that was following Mweya. All the other wild bulls that are usually in Emily’s group were missing as was Laikipia, Lolokwe and Morani. The Ex Orphan group browsed towards their way towards the Mzima spring-Mombasa water pipe line area.

Aruba waiting for Ajali

Mashariki and Rorogoi running for their bottles

Icholta and Inca


Emily’s herd arrived at the stockade this morning soon after the stockade dependant orphan elephants had left. Today was a wonderful day for all of them as the three wild elephant bulls, Laikipia and Lolokwe were among their group. After drinking water, Rombo, Dabassa and Kivuko engaged Emma in some wonderful rolling on the ground ‘dusting games’. For an unknown reason Wasessa seemed suspicious and uncomfortable of Kivuko, Rombo and Dabassa’s engagement with little Emma and intervened.

While in the browsing fields Kenia went between Ndii and Araba in a bid to block Ndii from interacting with ‘her baby’. There was a lot of action at the mudbath with Panda and Ndoria shining in bathing events. Kihari felt jealous and came to sit on Panda, impairing her movement in the mud and preventing her from being the winner of the mudbath activities.

The rest of the afternoon was spent browsing close to the waterhole until it was time to return to the stockades for the night.

Kihari sitting on Panda

Ndii enjoying the mud bath

Kenia blocking Ndii from taking Arraba




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