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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



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 wonderful beginning of the day with the earliest callers at the stockade being Icholta, Inca and Taveta. The three came at 6.30am, drinking water from the trough before briefly inspecting the renovation construction going on at the stockades.

It has become evident that Icholta is slowly detaching herself from Emily’s herd and seems to want to join Lesanju’s herd that had been browsing around the Msinga Hill area. The three left the compound before the stockade dependant orphans exited their night quarters.
Soon after the orphans finished their morning stockade routine Ishaq-B and Arruba led the orphans out in the same direction that the three older orphans had taken. Unfortunately they were not able to catch up with them.

Later on in the day, during a monitoring patrol, Thoma and Thor were seen making their way from Ngutuni ranch to the Voi Wildlife Lodge water hole where they would be able to have a drink and enjoy a wallow. The other members of Emily’s herd were suspected to have been in Ngutuni, but were not seen today.

Icholta and Inca inspecting the new construction


Thoma and Thor running to the watering hole


The morning was good with the stockade dependant orphan elephants happily downing a morning milk bottle, feeding on supplements and then heading to the far northern side of the stockade to browse.
One hour after their departure from the stockade, Taveta came down from Msinga Hill and enjoyed a thirst quenching drink from the stockade water trough. Twenty minutes after his arrival, Emily, Eve, Emma, Mweya, Wasessa, Edie, Eden and a wild elephant bull arrived to join him. They had a wonderful relaxing moment with Emily anchoring her head on a big rock boulder.

In the evening, when the stockade dependant orphans were arriving at the stockade, Thoma and Thor who were with Lesanju’s herd came down to drink water from the stockade water trough with Bada, Arruba, Suswa, Panda and Rorogoi coming forward to greet little Thor. Mbirikani felt tickled when she was touched by Thor’s little trunk. Thoma and Thor then went back to join the rest of the Ex Orphans who were browsing on Msinga Hill.

Ishaq-B and Bada dusting games

Nguvu enjoying dusting games

Ndii sliding in the water


It was a calm morning with the stockade dependant orphan elephants concentrating on their usual feeding routine at the stockade compound before following Kihari and Lentili to the browsing grounds. Here they settled in a single file browsing peacefully with Kenia keeping an eye on her adopted baby Araba’s movements.

The orphans visited the water hole at noon. They had a brief bath before resuming with their browsing activities.

Ndoria enjoyed leading the orphan herd back to the stockades in the evening. Soon after they finished their evening milk bottle a few members of Emily’s herd paid them a visit together with Lesanju’s herd. Thoma, Thor, Ndara and Seraa were present today, with Lesanju eying Thor, wanting to steal him, but was not given a chance to do so as Ndara was keeping a close watch on the little tike. Tassia and Taveta had a wonderful time enjoying a strength testing pushing game before following the others who were headed back to the park.

Nguvu browsing

Ndoria leading the orphans to the stockades

Tassia, Wesesa, Thoma and Thor




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