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<<--  Entry for:  October   9, 2018  -->>

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Nursery Unit  October   9, 2018 Malima enjoyed some charging games with Maxwell the rhino this morning before heading out to the forest. She was trumpeting and pushing Maxwell’s gate from the outside, as Maxwell charged and ran in circles, pushing from the inside of his gate too. The warthogs interrupted the game however as a large number of them decided to enter Maxwell’s stockade to steal his Lucerne pellets, and Max decided to chase them all over the place. Malima tried to convince Maxwell to come back and play but he was too preoccupied, so she left for the forest to join her friends. Mukkoka joined Tamiyoi’s young group for the mud bath visiting hour for the first time today. He was very calm and very well behaved during the visit. He arrived with Tamiyoi, Kiasa and Merru from the forest, and no one would have been able to tell it was his first time. Tamiyoi was going to push Makkoka at one point for taking some greens that Merru was eating, but Enkesha came over to protect Mukokka from Tamiyoi. Sattao and Maktao were very happily engaged in a pushing game, but this was eventually brought to an end by Emoli who separated the two with the interest of playing with Maktao himself.


Voi Unit  October   9, 2018 The milk dependent orphans came running out of the stockade assembling in a near-perfect straight line for their morning milk bottle after which they proceeded for the supplement feeding.
They then started playing games with Ndotto engaging both Kenia and Ndii in a play fighting game. The Keepers were a bit surprised as to Ndotto’s choice of play mates as both Kenia and Ndii are bigger than he is. Kenia, who usually avoids such games, seemed happy to oblige Ndotto. Lasayen was busy teasing Murit to play strength testing games while Godoma charged around the stockade perimeter fence line in an effort to keep baboons away from the stockade compound.

Later in the morning, the Voi Keepers received a report about three ex-orphans that were seen in the sisal estate sanctuary. On arriving at the sanctuary Ndara, her baby Neptune, Rombo and Taveta were found. The four were very shy and kept disappearing into some thick bush. Emily’s herd which consists of most of the other ex-orphans was not seen despite reports having been received that they had been drinking from the sanctuary water hole.

Lasayen playing with Murit

Ithumba Unit  October   9, 2018 Bomani, Orwa, Narok, Kandecha and Kibo joined the juniors for lucerne pellets in the morning. Ten wild elephants were drinking water at the stockade water trough and in the group there was a mother with her two calves. The wild herd left immediately after drinking enough water.

The orphans settled to browse along ‘hyenas hill’. Esampu spent the better part of the morning trying to put her small tusks into use by trying to peel bark from trees. The tusks were too small still, so she had to surrender and concentrate on what she could easily manage to feed on. Namalok, who is very active these days, tried to entice Pare into joining him for a strength testing exercise but Pare declined. Namalok then proceeded to take on Karisa who responded positively but their game came to an abrupt end when Turkwel passed by and separated the two boys.

At mud bath time, twelve wild bulls were present and as usual, used one side of the mud bath while the orphans used the other side. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area where they were joined by Mutara’s group and enjoyed peaceful quiet browsing. Later, the group took a break from feeding to relax under a tree following the rise in temperature in the afternoon. Two hours later, the group resumed browsing on their way back to the stockade.

Wild eles at the stocakde

Kibwezi Forest/Umani Springs Unit  October   9, 2018 Our happy elephants came out very fast this morning, ready to browse out in the forest. Murera, Sonje and Lima Lima were all rumbling between each other, deciding which way the herd should go. Sonje rumbled to Murera for the whole group to stop and wait, but only Ngasha and Ziwa did not wait and they did not even stop, they just proceeded on with their patrol ahead of the girls towards the Umani Hills.

Later some buffalos invaded the bushes close to where Sonje was hiding in the shade from the hot sun. Faraja forced them to leave and walk on but none were happy about leaving the nice shade. They had to walk on to give way to the buffalos and move to a different area that was safer for all, including the Keepers. The Keepers walked along in the open glade where it was easy to see further. It was close to the water hole so Alamaya and Lima Lima decided to sneak over to have a mud bath to cool down, and soon Mwashoti and their other friends joined them.

Faraja browsing

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