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It was a wonderful beginning of the day with the orphan elephants coming out of their stockade, downing a morning milk bottle and settling for their supplement feeding before beginning the journey out to the browsing grounds. The orphans browsed in single file with Ishaq-B, Panda and Ndii staying close to Tahri while Kenia and Araba kept company with one another.

Two hours after the juniors had left the stockade, Lesanju, Lolokwe, Thoma, baby Thor, Ndara, baby Neptune, Tassia, Sinya and Siria visited the stockade where they had a drink from the water trough. They remained at the stockade compound for about half an hour allowing Thor and Neptune to suckle from their mothers before they returned to the park. In the afternoon, Layoni and Dabassa, who are best friends, came to the stockade for a quick drink before heading off again.

Neptune suckling

Mashariki browsing

Embu playing in the water


The morning was cool as the orphans exited their stockades and came to enjoy their morning milk bottle and supplement foods. They briefly played around the stockade compound until Kenia signaled that it was time to head out for the day.

Soon after the stockade dependant orphans had left the stockade this morning, a few of Emily’s herd visited the compound. Icholta, baby Inca, Thoma, baby Thor, Ndara, baby Neptune, Seraa, Taveta and Dabassa enjoyed drinking from the stockade water trough. Taveta and Dabassa played a pushing game and became engaged in a strength testing competition. The Ex Orphan group left the stockade compound and headed in the direction they had come from.

At the noon mud bath the orphans had a wonderful time as they were all engaged in bathing activities. Panda who was in the middle of the water shinning in some rolling games ended her bathing games when Ndoria came and placed her trunk on Panda’s back, preventing her from rolling around.  

Araba rubbing against Kenia

Tundani soil dusting

Rorogoi sliding into the mud


The first to arrive at the stockades this morning was Lesanju and Lempaute and went straight to the water trough for a drink. A few minutes after their arrival they were followed by Tassia and Mweya with Laikipia, Thoma and baby Thor coming in soon after. Thor enjoyed a scratching session against a rock and the group returned to the browsing fields after quenching their thirst.

The stockade dependant orphan elephants exited their stockades after the seven visiting Ex Orphans had left. They downed their milk and then headed to the browsing field where they fed in single file, visiting the baobab waterhole in the afternoon where they had fun playing mud bathing games. Bada went to the center of the pool where he rolled around in the water. Kenia admired his game for a few minutes before joining him. Ndii sat on the walls of the hole and slid into the water. The afternoon was spent browsing until it was time to return to the stockades for the night. 

Inca having a good scratch

Baba centre of attention at mud-bath

Kenia admires Bada's games


This morning, soon after the juniors had left, Ndara was seen coming to the stockades. She was in the company of her baby Neptune, Wasessa, Rombo, Mzima and Tassia. The six were welcomed by the two inseparable boys Layoni and Dabassa who were already enjoying a drink from the stockade water trough.

Following a drink Mzima engaged Dabassa in a tough strength test and pushing game after which the entire group left the stockade making their way to the Western side of Msinga Hill. The eight Ex Orphans joined up with Sweet Sally, Safi, Lolokwe, Thoma and Thor all of whom had separated from Emily’s herd.

In the evening, Panda sneaked away from the rest of the herd taking Tahri with her, introducing the youngster to a wonderful mud-bathing game. The two enjoyed playing together before joining the orphan herd as they made the journey back to the stockades in the evening.

Wild bull who was seen with Emily's herd

Araba enjoying mud bath

Bada in the water


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 Emily’s 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





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