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The orphans woke up ready to begin their day. After the milk and supplement feeding Lasayen and Ndotto enjoyed lying down on the red earth piles playing rolling around games. Arruba led the orphan elephant herd to the browsing fields with Mbegu bringing up the rear, waiting until the last minute to leave the stockade compound as she was busy feeding on Lucerne grass pellets

The orphans settled to browse on the western side of Msinga Hill. The Tsavo area has started to dry up and as such the orphans are always stretching their trunks as far as they can to reach the greener and more palatable browse found higher up the trees.

At noon the orphan elephants returned to the stockade for the mid-day milk feed after which they cooled off in the mudwallow. Kenia had a wonderful time lying down and bathing with Tahri. When they were done Suswa managed to steal Tahri away for a soil bathing game. Ndii enjoyed rolling around in the water hole where she was joined by Bada, Ngilai, Arruba and Kihari.
The orphans ended the days browsing activities on the southern side of Msinga Hill.

Suswa after a mudbath

Godoma after a mudbath

Nguvu enjoying a scratching session


Today Mbeguís herd interacted with the older stockade dependent orphans when they came out of their stockades in the morning. The group had their milk bottles, after which they enjoyed the supplement feeding before making their way to the browsing fields. On arriving at the northern side of Msinga Hill, Bada, Rorogoi and Panda led the group up the hill and then they spread out, browsing between some large rock boulders. Ndii stuck close to her adopted baby Tahri. Suswa came and joined the two and kept touching Tahri, being affectionate towards her.

At 10am a report was received from the officer in charge of Kutima Ranch. He reported that they had rescued an orphan elephant calf which was very weak and could not get to its feet. The Tsavo Veterinary team together with the stockade rescue team got there as quick as they could, putting the calf on drips to revive it while waiting for the rescue team to arrive from Nairobi so that the calf could be flown to the Nairobi Nursery.

Kenia led the group down at noon to the baobab water hole where they all had a lot of fun playing mud-bathing games following their noon milk feed. Ngilai, who has taken to running eagerly to every milk feed, enjoyed leading the group back to the safety of the stockades in the evening, followed closely by Lasayen and Ndotto.

Mudanda pushing Bada

Ndoria sliding into the erosion trench

Ndotto browsing near a herd of buffalo


Malima has been a very naughty little elephant recently, especially after the other older orphans moved to Tsavo in May and June. More recently she has calmed down a bit however and is starting to improve. She is not as much of a bully to her friends, or cheeky towards the Keepers. Over the past few days she has drunk her milk bottle at the noon feeding time in a much more composed manner and is not as rough. We attribute this recent character change to the fact that she was recently moved to the older group for feeding times, and the older orphans make sure she is kept in line! It seems Malima has been reformed for the time being.
Ndiwa and Sagala are two other girls who can misbehave, but only sometimes. Usually they have this quiet demeanour which can lead some to believe they are shy and polite, but they can be naughty sometimes and it seems to depend on what mood they are in as to whether they show this off or not.

Malima searching for roots

Sagala enjoying the sunshine

Ndiwa leading the orphans home at 5pm


The day began with the younger orphans downing their morning milk bottles in a rush to catch up with their older friends who were already enjoying the supplement food. The dry weather has already started to hit the Tsavo area and the orphans were in a rush to get out to begin the days browsing activities.

The orphans visited the baobab tree water hole where they had milk and water before enjoying mudbathing games. Nelion engaged Ndotto in a strength testing game which lasted a few minutes. Murit approached the two but was not invited to join and instead just watched. The orphans browsed their way to the Mzima-Mombasa pipeline area.

At 3pm Arruba, Suswa and Ishaq-B led the orphan herd to the water hole for a second mud bath.
Naipoki enjoyed swimming and bathing as it was a warm day. The rest of the afternoon was spent browsing close to the waterhole.

Rorogoi and Suswa

Mashariki on Msinga Hill

Araba on Msinga Hill


It is much drier in northern Tsavo so there are more graduate orphans and wild elephants around the stockades now. Before the dependent orphans were let out, the graduate orphans and wild elephants had already reported ready to share whatever they could with the orphans. Once the orphans were out, Rapa had a disagreement with baby Kama that led to Kama pushing Rapa. Kama was confident since her mother, Kinna, was close by and she knew if anything got out of control, her mother would come to her rescue. Rapa wasn't happy about Kama undermining him but he couldnít do anything about it with Kinna and the other nannies around! Rapa shook his head in frustration and left hoping that one day he could have a fair pushing game with Kama. Tusuja had a brief chat with Ololoo and later went to escort Enkikwe out, who usually lags behind after receiving his treatment first before joining his friends for the day. The sky was clear and this was an indication of a hot day a head. At mud bath time, Esampu led her friends to wallow and after headed for soil dusting before heading back to the browsing field. In the evening eighty five elephants both wild and graduate orphans reported for water at the stockade water troughs.  

Rapa playing with Kama

Tusuja calling Enkikwe

Siangiki in the water




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