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Monthly Summary for: Voi Unit - 1  /  2018

The big girls of Voi continue to wrestle over the affection of the young babies, Tahri and Araba. Ndii is most attached to Tahri and is reluctant to allow the other girls like Panda or Ishaq-B near her. Sometimes she will allow Kihari but that is only because they are very old friends.

If the area around Voi were not drying out so quickly, these older girls would probably be seeking a life in the wild; at ten years old Kenia is the oldest, followed by Ndii. Their bond to the younger babies in this herd is so great and the area is extremely dry at the moment so they are reluctant to be lured away from the stockades, their Keepers and the extra supplements they receive. If they do come across wild elephants Kenia and Ndii remain anxious that ‘their herd’ might be enticed away; ironically this reaction is even extended to interested male wild bulls, seeking their attention. Kenia and Ndii are leaving nothing to chance and savour being in charge of their predominantly female herd.

Mbirikani is another little leader and likes deciding which way the orphans should go and when they should have their milk. Now eight years old, she has come such a long way from the horrific cable snare injury which cut into her foot to the bone and rendered her an orphan when she was just three years old. Today, she has only a very slight limp and surprises her friends with her ability. One day young Mudanda tried to overtake her in an effort to reach the milk bottles first but Mbirikani was able to maintain her lead much to the little one’s surprise!

Little bull Bada seems unwilling to accept he is junior to Tundani and engages him in numerous wrestling exercises to test his strength. With only five dependent males in the whole orphan herd, the young males are often spotted trying to establish their position in the hierarchy!

Ex Orphans Lesanju, Lolokwe, Thoma, baby Thor, Ndara, baby Neptune, Tassia, Sinya and Siria visited at the beginning of the month without the rest of Emily’s herd, but they and the others in the herd including Emily, Sweet Sally, Icholta, the babies and the other Nannies did turn up to the stockades on the 22nd, and again a few days later. They have certainly already proven that they are capable of riding out any extraordinarily dry season and can look after one another even in such a challenging year as last year, when more elephants died from drought that in the past 20 years. Only Layoni and Dabassa seem to be separate from this main Ex Orphan herd and roam together as a duo; they were spotted sporadically throughout the month but did linger to socialize with the dependent orphans.

At the beginning of the month the orphan eland Tawi also returned. Hand raised at Voi, he had reintegrated himself with a herd of zebra over a month ago, but one day he approached the orphans with a wild herd of zebra whilst they were all out browsing. Tawi came to greet the elephants while the zebra herd watched him and waited patiently for him to rejoin them so that they could continue on their way. He returned to see the orphans a couple of days later with the zebra again, but this time spent the whole day with the elephants and the Keepers, before choosing to return with them that afternoon to the stockades. He ran up to his old stockade and interacted with his friend Kore, the female eland orphan he was raised with. His friend Ngulia the orphan zebra, and the reason we believe he decided to go wild with a herd of zebra, was very happy to see him, and became very protective of him, not allowing Kore anywhere near him!

Photos Taken During this Month for the Voi Unit

Nguvu following the other uphill 1/1/2018

Ishaq-B playing in the water 1/1/2018

Tundani mud games 1/1/2018

Arruba at the mud-bath 1/2/2018

Lesanju visiting the stockades 1/2/2018

Layoni leaves the stockades 1/2/2018

Neptune suckling 1/3/2018

Mashariki browsing 1/3/2018

Embu playing in the water 1/3/2018

Suswa browsing 1/4/2018

Lentili and friends 1/4/2018

Tahiri in a playful mood 1/4/2018

Araba and Ndii browsing together 1/5/2018

Kenia finds a nice browsing spot 1/5/2018

Ndii looking for greener pastures 1/5/2018

Orphans on Msinga Hill 1/6/2018

Tundani and Naipoki tusking each other 1/6/2018

Naipoki engaging Panda 1/6/2018

Suswa finds a tree to scratch against 1/7/2018

Ndoria and Naipoki browse together 1/7/2018

Bada and Tundani tusking each other 1/7/2018

Suswa scratching her neck on a rock 1/8/2018

Ndii drinking water out of a shallow tree 1/8/2018

Lentili taking Tahiri to a quiet browsing place 1/8/2018

Tawi 1/9/2018

The wild zebra herd that Tawi had joined 1/9/2018

Tawi greeting his Keeper 1/9/2018

Wild bull with beautiful tusks 1/10/2018

Bada enjoying dusting games 1/10/2018

Nguvu trying to push Embu off the dust mound 1/10/2018

Bada following the others for browsing 1/11/2018

Tahri browsing 1/11/2018

Mudanda, Kihari and Rorogoi 1/11/2018

Panda follows others uphill 1/12/2018

Re-filling the waterhole 1/12/2018

Orphans quench their thirst 1/12/2018

Orphans and wild elephants at the water hole 1/13/2018

Mashariki playing with a wild baby 1/13/2018

Mashariki mud sliding games 1/13/2018

Orphans dusting 1/14/2018

Rorogoi taking a break from the heat 1/14/2018

Araba scratches against Kihari's stomach 1/14/2018

Bada looking for someone to play with 1/15/2018

Nguvu picking up soil 1/15/2018

Ishaq-B rubbing against an Acacia 1/15/2018

Lentili dusting up 1/16/2018

Arruba and Panda dusting  1/16/2018

Panda sliding on the walls 1/16/2018

Mbirikani browsing alone 1/17/2018

Lentili finds a nice spot to browse 1/17/2018

Mudanda with a mouthfull of greens 1/17/2018

Embu finds a quiet browsing spot 1/18/2018

Kihari sneaks away with Tahri 1/18/2018

Araba browsing with Kenia 1/18/2018

Kihari and Tahri on the hill 1/19/2018

Panda browsing 1/19/2018

Orphans at the waterhole 1/19/2018

Mbirikani, Aruba and Ndii ready to start the day 1/20/2018

Suswa greeting Tahri 1/20/2018

Aruba decides to browse alone 1/20/2018

Tahri spends time wtih Ishaq-B today 1/21/2018

Naipoki following the rest 1/21/2018

Nguvu greets Tahri 1/21/2018

Kivuko with Neptune 1/22/2018

Laikipia and Taveta arrive stockades 1/22/2018

Lempaute scratches bottoms 1/22/2018

Tundani chasing warthogs 1/23/2018

Arruba Kenia Araba and Ishaq-B 1/23/2018

Mudanda scratching against a tree 1/23/2018

Ndii at the edge of the watering hole 1/24/2018

Ndii stretching out trunk to Lentili 1/24/2018

Ajali walking to the mud bath 1/24/2018

Kihari early morning browsing 1/25/2018

Nguvu following Kihari 1/25/2018

Ndii finds a tree to scratch against 1/25/2018

Mudanda walking downhill 1/26/2018

Mashariki trying to pull Nguvu's tail 1/26/2018

Layoni and Dabassa browsing 1/26/2018

Edie Eden and Emma visit 1/27/2018

Siria feeding on range cubes with the orphans 1/27/2018

Bada bottle feed 1/27/2018

Araba rushing for bottle feed 1/28/2018

Panda with Tahri 1/28/2018

Araba and Ndii browsing 1/28/2018

Araba scratching her bottom 1/29/2018

Mbirikani at mud bath 1/29/2018

Lentili leading the others 1/29/2018

Panda taking Ndii 1/30/2018

Suswa walking to the waterhole 1/30/2018

Ndoria cooling off at the mudbath 1/30/2018

Mudanda looking for tasty roots 1/31/2018

Tawi and Kore 1/31/2018

Oltukai 1/31/2018
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