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Today Lempaute Kivuko, Layoni and Dabassa joined the stockade dependant orphan elephants for lucerne grass and supplement feeding. The juniors then left the four Ex Orphans at the stockade compound as they made their way to the browsing grounds.

At 12.50 in the afternoon, the keepers were very happy to see Ndara, Neptune and Tassia coming to join the stockade dependant orphans who were browsing on the southern side of the stockade compound.

Twenty minutes later a report was brought to the stockade by the Kenya Wildlife Service of two elephants that had missed the standard gauge rail way corridor and had ended along the Voi River on the outside of the Ngutuni fence line. The keepers suspected that they were Ex Orphans missing from Ndaraís herd and upon inspection found that it was Lesanju and Sinya. The two were escorted to an opening in the fence from where they were able to rejoin their group who had travelled from several miles away, coming from Mgeno ranch, close to the Taita sisal wildlife sanctuary, to the stockade. There were given a lot of lucerne grass and range cubes which they enjoyed at the stockade compound, returning the park an hour later.


Kivuko enjoying Lucerne

Ndara and Neptune



This afternoon the Voi stockade keepers received a report from the trust pilot of an orphan baby elephant that he had spotted during a routine patrol. The calf had been seen near the Sala gate and the team wasted no time getting to the area. On arrival they noticed that the calf was about 6 years old and as such too big to rescue. As the area had received some rain there was vegetation for him to feed on and he was close to the Galana river all of which meant his chances of survival were very high.

On the way back to the stockade we received word, from tour drivers out on a game drive, of a collapsed wild elephant cow in the Kanderi area. The team went to the elephantís assistance but found that she could not even stand even when aided to her feet. While helping her an approximately one and a half year old orphan calf (Chedi) came to drink from the Kanderi water trough. Chedi is a Taita/Taveta name meaning the lucky one as that orphan elephant was very lucky to have come to the water trough when the keepers were there. The team followed the calf for about four hundred meters. They saw it browsing close to an elephant calf that had collapsed and died a few days ago. The tusks had been recovered by one of the trustís desnaring teams. The calf was subsequently rescued and brought into one of the taming stockades where it was warmly greeted by Tahri and given some much needed reassurance.

Naipoki greeting Ndii

Ndii and Kenia hiding Arraba from Lempaute

Suswa browsing on the hill


Olare and Makiretiís groups arrived at the stockade early before dawn and decided to wait for the juniors to have lucerne with them. After the orphans had their milk, Tusuja was the first one to leave the stockade. The orphans then joined their junior Ex Orphan friends and they had lucerne together. Shortly later, Kilaguni and his friend Chaimu arrived followed by Kenze, Lualeni, Taita and a wild elephant. Lemoyian and Boromoko started their day by engaging each other in a strength testing exercise that ended when Garzi intervened by pushing the two boys away. Sirimon attempted to ride on Tusuja which annoyed him and he managed to disengage himself from Sirimon and walk away. At mud bath time, the sun was hot prompting the orphans, Ex Orphans and wild elephants present to have a spectacular wallowing session. A total of eighty elephants spent a considerable amount of time at mud bath while wallowing and drinking water. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area and in the evening the orphans passed by mud bath for an evening cool-off on their way back to the stockade.  

Tusuja and Wanjala with nice lucerne

Kenze with a nice bunch of lucerne


Dupotto that had been rescued the previous day woke up fine. She had been put with Kamok to spend the night together and she had calmed down a lot from her rescue. The orphans walked down to the water trough where they joined three wild bulls that were taking water. Lemoyian and Sokotei engaged each other briefly in a strength testing exercise as Naseku and Tusuja settled for a scratching game. After the orphans had enough water, Ukame led the way to the browsing field. Some distance away from the stockade, Wanjala changed his mind and decided to go back for more water. Wanjala walked with so much confidence that the wild bulls at the water trough decided to take a step back! Wanjala enjoyed his water without disturbance then returned back to join his friends.

Out in the bush Sirimon played with Olsekki while the playful Lemoyian climbed on Naseku. Galla settled to browse with Ukame while Oltaiyoni teamed up with Siangiki. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by Ex Orphans Yatta, Galana, baby Gawa, Tumaren, Rapsu, Nasalot, Teleki, Ololoo, Taita, Bongo and eight wild bulls. Naseku splashed water with her trunk, rolled in all directions and when she was done, started trumpeting as she exited the mud bath. Her friends also got excited and started trumpeting as they followed her. Enkikwe tried to play with Tumaren but she was too strong for him and he therefore decided to surrender and follow his friends. The orphans settled to browse in the Imenti area and in the evening, passed by the mud bath for an evening cool off.

Dupotto relaxing in her stockade with Benj

Wanjala with the wild bulls

Yatta and Nasalot

Rapsu, Ololoo and Taita


The morning was good with the stockade dependant orphan elephants playing a game of hide and seek after which they tossed huge chunks of red soil into the air as they enjoyed their dusting games.

Kivuko, Lempaute, Dabassa and Layoni walked into the stockade compound twenty minutes after the juniors had left. The four settled to feed on lucerne and copra cake for an hour before returning to the browsing grounds.

In the afternoon the Taita Hills management team reported a possible sighting of an Ex Orphan herd that had been seen drinking from the sanctuary water hole. Once the orphans had drank their noon milk bottle the keepers went to see the herd and were able to identify some Ex Orphans in the group. Ndara, with her calf Neptune, Lesanju, Sinya and Tassia were among the group. When the keepers approached Lesanju, who is Neptuneís nanny, she charged towards them wanting to protect Neptune. When she caught the keeperís scent, which was familiar to her, she rumbled in greeting and went to get some attention from her adopted family. They were all looking healthy and in good condition which made the keepers happy.

Kivuko in the centre

Naipoki browsing

Embu browsing




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