We could not help but notice how playful Kenia’s dependent herd were this month, much more than usual. This is because of the arrival of the rains, which fell, even if lightly, almost every day towards the end of the month. This helped replenish all the water pans and fill up the dams not only for our elephants but all wildlife in the southern area.
November 1st and the stockade dependent orphan elephants started the new month all excited. They walked out of the stockades having had their morning milk and the supplement feed, and went towards the browsing grounds. With Lentili taking the lead, the orphan elephants browsed along the slopes of the Msinga Hill towards the baobab tree water hole.
Tahri was looking very comfortable and composed next to her adopted mother Ndii, browsing side by side. Ishaq-B campaigned to adopt Mbegu’s herd, and she spent most of the day browsing with them. Mbegu kept a keen eye on Ishaq-B wanting to interact with her herd, but gave her the benefit of the doubt to interact with them and browse alongside them.
The orphan elephants had their mid-morning milk feed and proceeded to the baobab water hole where they had a lot of fun in mud bathing games. Araba and Tahri lay on the ground, rolling on the dust with Kenia and Ndii keeping guard over them from the other playful orphans.
The rest of the day they browsed close to that water hole.
The milk dependent orphan elephants came for their morning milk bottle with Mbegu’s six herd members coming first, followed by Lentili’s herd shortly afterwards. Ndoria came running up behind Mashariki which gave her a fright so she carried on running past the milk bottles for some distance, only turning back upon noticing that Ndoria, the notorious tail-bitter, had stopped for her milk bottle and was no longer behind her. Mashariki was afraid that Ndoria was running up behind her to bite her tail!
The orphan elephants then settled down for their Lucerne pellet supplement feeding, and had a good time playing in the stockade compound before heading out to browse for the day.
On arriving at the northern foot of Msinga Hill, Ngilai took on his best friend Murit in a wrestling match, engaging one another head on.
Ishaq-B went and hugged Mbegu, by softly placing her trunk on Mbegu’s head in what was seen as a reassuring gesture that all was well. The elephants settled in single file, enjoying browsing on the freshly shooting greens following the rain we have had, before heading out towards the baobab water hole for milk bottles and a swim. Later they had to seek shelter from the scorching sun under one of the acacia trees, before moving on with their routine browsing.
It was an early start to the day as the stockade dependent orphan elephants came out of their stockades and drank their milk bottles in a hurry, before enjoying the Lucerne pellets. Ngilai gulped down his milk and was the first to arrive at the supplement feeding area. Mudanda came and started pushing Mbegu and Ndotto forcing them to change their feeding position to one that was further away from her. Ndii intervened, chasing Mudanda away as punishment for her behavior.
Little Tahri enjoyed her soil bathing games, rolling around near Kenia’s feet as Naipoki was busy feasting on the acacia trees along the stockade fence line. Bada and Tundani became impatient and started making their way to the browsing grounds, followed closely by Mbegu’s herd.
The 11am milk feed took place close to the baobab tree water hole after which the orphans had a brief mud bath before resuming with their browsing activities near the waterhole where they remained for the afternoon until it was time to return to the stockades.
Tahri came running out of the stockades this morning overtaking Mbegu and Ngilai to be the first ones to arrive at the milk bottles. Tahri finished her milk in a matter of minutes and then demanded to be given Godoma’s share. Godoma was having none of Tahri’s nonsense managed to safe guard her bottles denying Tahri access to them.
Kenia and Ndii kept Tahri between them while they fed on the Lucerne grass pellets, thus effectively keeping her away from Kihari and Arruba who wanted to spend some time with her. After the stockade playing session, Lentili positioned herself strategically taking the lead of the orphan herd to the eastern foot of Msinga Hill for the mornings browsing activities.
The orphans had their midday milk feed on the northern foot of Msinga hill after which they visited the baobab water hole a drink of water. In the afternoon, Mbegu’s herd separated from Kenia’s herd, browsing their way to the middle waterhole. As it was a warm afternoon the six orphans enjoyed rolling around in the water with Murit and Godoma proving to be the best swimmers.
The group then browsed around the waterhole eventually linking up with Kenia’s herd as they all made their way back to the safety of the stockades for the night.
It was a wonderful beginning to the day as the stockade dependent orphans played around the stockade compound following their milk and supplement feeding. Panda and Suswa stood at opposite sides of a big rock and enjoyed a scratching session. Kihari decided to teach Ndotto how to best climb up the stockade terrace. Ndotto decided to try his own tactic of kneeling down to climb up. Arruba was busy kneeling down to pluck some green grass from the opposite side of the stockade fence, while taking great care not to touch the live wire. Mbegu was busy sharpening her small tusks by rubbing them against a rock, when she saw Lentili preparing to take the lead and rushed to position herself as the leader.
Tahri enjoyed browsing closely with Kenia and Ndii while Araba followed the trio wanting to get closer to little Tahri. The orphans visited the baobab water hole where the milk dependent orphans enjoyed their midday milk feed. Murit, Godoma, Arruba and Embu rolled around in the water, trumpeting while great excitement making sure that everyone knew they were having fun.
It was a nice beginning to the day with the orphan elephants lining up at the milk feeding area where they gulped down their delicious milk bottles. Ngilai and Godoma dribbled their milk as they drank their milk bottles so quickly. Once they were done they settled to enjoy some Lucerne grass pellets. Nguvu, Mudanda and Ndoria led the second milk feeding group, and after they joined the rest at the supplement feeding area.
The orphans browsed their way half way up the eastern side of Msinga Hill where they settled to browse. The sun was very bright and it soon had Lasayen and Godoma seeking shelter under a tree where they enjoyed a play fighting session.
At 11am Mbegu’s herd took the lead of the group as they descended and made their way to the water hole where they had their milk feed before playing mud bathing games. The afternoon was spent browsing on the northern side of the waterhole.
This morning the orphans came running out of their stockades and assembled for their milk bottle with Ngilai and Godoma coming in together. The rest of Mebgu’s herd came in after them and they all settled for their milk feed.
Rorogoi and Araba enjoyed a soil bathing game together as they rolled around on the piles of red earth wile Naipoki and Kenia watched. Tundani and Nelion took one another head on in a tough head butting encounter which came to an end when it was time for everyone to walk out to browse. Embu took the lead of her friends today and they all enjoyed browsing on the very green browse that had shot up following the recent rains.
Ishaq-B was busy following Mbegu’s herd, with Mbegu trying her best to be in the lead so as to ensure that she had command of her group and had the leading role. Ishaq-B played her cards right and made sure not to interfere with Mbegu’s leading role while still interacting with the group and enjoying some wonderful browsing moments with them.
The orphans visited the baobab water hole in the afternoon and had a lot of fun playing mud bathing games before continuing with their browsing activities close to the water hole, where they remained for the rest of the day.
The morning was bright as the orphans downed their morning milk bottle before settling to enjoy the Lucerne pellets that had been put out for them by the Keepers. After the usual stockade games the orphans made their way to the browsing fields. They came running into the browsing fields trumpeting happily with their ears spread wide.
The orphans teamed up to play games with Ndoria remaining on her own as none of the others wanted to play with her. They didn’t trust her due to the fact that she is a notorious tail biter!
When the browsing activities began Panda snuck away with Tahri for a private browsing session. Bada and Nguvu led the others to the water hole at noon where they had their milk feed before having fun in the mud bath. Suswa led the group out of the water and they had a quick dust bath before settling close by for the afternoon browsing session.
The stockade dependent orphan elephants gathered for their milk and supplement feeding this morning upon exiting their stockades. Rorogoi and Nelion then chose separate scratching rocks which they enjoyed rubbing themselves against. Kihari went on top of the stockade terrace and rolled down mischievously playing a game which Mbegu and Godoma watched and admired. Arruba had a scratching session against a rock, managing to catch Tahri’s attention and the youngster stood watching her older friend.
Lentili enjoyed the lead of the orphan herd to the browsing field and they all settled down to some serious browsing activities while being protected from the sun by some thick clouds. The orphans visited the baobab water hole in the afternoon where they had their milk and some water but due to the cold weather, they decided to stay out of the mud bath. Mashariki dug at the soil with her tusks while Bada stood next to her resting his trunk on her head. Naipoki went for a brief wrestling match with Embu before the two joined their friends who had settled to browse close to the waterhole.
The morning was good and the orphans did not stay around the stockades long before heading the browsing fields to feast on the new vegetation shoots that are sprouting with the rains.
Bada took the lead of the group to the browsing grounds and they settled to feed on the foot of Msinga Hill. The orphans then gathered in groups of five for their milk feed which took place close to the baobab waterhole where they also drank some water before returning to their browsing activities.
Kenia remained with both Araba and Tahri at the foot of Msinga Hill while Ndii browsed further uphill. The orphans enjoyed some brief games in the fields before returning to the safety of the stockades for the night.
The morning filled with action as little Tahri came running and trumpeting towards her milk bottle.
Kenia and Ndii, who were feeding on Lucerne grass pellets, ran up to her to confirm that she was alright before giving her lots of hugs as they trumpeted loudly. After the milk dependent babies had finished their milk, the orphan herd all settled to enjoy the supplements that had been put out for them.
It was then time for fun and games, with Suswa, Mashariki and Nelion choosing their favorite rocks for a scratching session. Araba, who is generally not a fan of wrestling games, was seen in action today, engaging Murit for a wrestling session which Kenia and Mudanda watched, full of amazement.
Ishaq-B tried to get Mbegu’s herd to stay with her when they arrived at the browsing fields, but ended up with only three of them, Mbegu Lasayen and Godoma as Murit, Ndotto and Ngilai had joined their older friends in Kenia’s herd for the morning browsing session. The orphans visited the baobab tree water hole in the afternoon where they splashed some water onto their bodies before returning to the browsing fields.
It was a wonderful and bright morning as the orphans exited their respective stockades and began interacting with one another. They enjoyed playing around the stockade compound before heading to the browsing fields where they continued with the fun and games. Lasayen engaged his best friend Murit in a tough wrestling match with Ndotto coming in as an intruder wanting to join the two. Lasayen ran aside and gave Ndotto some warning gestures by charging and mischievously kneeling down on his front legs. Ndotto ignored Lasayen’s attempts to dissuade him from playing with the two and in the end the only way they could get rid of Ndotto was to bring their game to an end.
The orphan elephants visited the baobab tree water hole amid bright sun shine. After the milk feed, Arruba, Embu, Bada and Tundani plunged into the water for a bath with all the others joining them in quick succession. There was a lot of fun had at the mud bath with Panda enjoying playing with Ndotto before Ndotto exited the water for a scratching session. Embu enjoyed scratching against a tree trunk while Mbegu watched. Kenia invited Araba for a scratching game against the baobab tree trunk while Murit enjoyed a game of rolling and dusting up before joining his friends who were ready to return to the browsing fields.
As usual the orphans downed their milk bottles as soon as they exited their stockades and then went to enjoy the Lucerne pellets that had been put out for them. The orphan herd then headed to the browsing fields under the stewardship of Arruba, Suswa and Naipoki who led the group halfway up the northern side of Msinga Hill. Tundani, Mbegu and Ndotto remained browsing at the foot of the Hill, with Ishaq-B wanting to stay with Mbegu, but deciding not to when she saw that Tundani was with them.
The morning browsing session was peaceful as the orphans feasted on lush green grass and bush. Kenia had a scratching session against a big rock boulder and invited Ngilai and Ndotto to join her before the group left for the baobab tree water hole. After milk feeding and a drink at the water trough, Murit led his friends into the mud bath. The orphans splashed and rolled around in the water while Godoma submerged herself in the middle of the mud bath and had a lovely time wallowing.
The stockade milk dependent orphans assembled in a nearly perfect straight line morning milk bottle after which they proceeded to the supplement feeding area. Murit then engaged his best friend Ngilai in a play fighting encounter. Lasayen came between the two, separating them and bringing an end to their game.
Araba and Tahri kept in close contact with their adopted mothers Kenia and Ndii who kept them away from the other more playful orphans. Nguvu, who usually doesn’t team up with the others, became bored of watching their games and started making his way to the field. Mbegu was the last to leave the stockade, as she tried to collect every last piece of Lucerne pellets that she could find. She then had to run to catch up with the rest of the group.
The orphans made their way to the baobab tree water hole at mid-day for their milk and a drink of water. Godoma paired up with Lasayen and Rorogoi and the three of them sprayed and splashed themselves with muddy water. The orphans then had a mud bath before returning to their browsing activities.
The milk dependent orphan elephants came running out of their stockades and grabbed their milk bottles emptying them in a matter of seconds. They had a lot of fun playing a game of hide and seek, veering around the stockade terraces as they ran and charged about. Nelion and Nguvu took the lead of their friends to the western foot of Msinga Hill. With green vegetation all around, the orphans couldn’t settle in one place to browse and kept moving around, sampling different types of vegetation.
At the noon mud bath the orphans had a lot of fun playing wallowing games after their milk feed. They then chose to browse close to the baobab waterhole where a wild elephant herd came and joined them. Among the wild group was an elephant cow with a tusk missing on the same right-hand side as Kihari’s. The wild cow approached Kihari to greet her and touched her missing tusk before the two settled to browse together. Ngilai, Lasayen, and Murit made their way to the middle of the wild herd and browsed next to a small calf. The two groups remained together until the orphans had to leave to return to the safety of the stockades for the night while the wild herd went for a drink at the baobab tree waterhole.
This morning the orphans teamed up to play various games around the stockade compound. Panda sat on a flat rock in the stockade compound and enjoyed scratching her bottom against it. Kihari engaged Ndotto in a tough wrestling match. When the game neared its end Kihari pretended to run away from Ndotto, as if conceding defeat and thus allowing Ndotto to be the winner of their game. This made Ndotto’s day and he charged around trumpeting happily before following his friends to the browsing field.
Arruba and Rorogoi were very affectionate towards each other today, hugging one another by softly placing their trunks onto each other’s forehead and entwining their trunks. Once out in the field the orphans settled to browse on the northern side of the stockade.
Light rain fell later in the afternoon which the orphans enjoyed as they browsed on the moist grass. The group did not visit the waterhole today and spent the afternoon browsing on the northern foot of Msinga Hill.
It was a nice beginning to the day as the stockade dependent orphan elephants exited their stockades amid light rainfall. There were some brief socializing moments around the stockade compound before the herd headed to the field under Lentili and Mudanda’s leadership.
The orphans browsed their way up the northern side of Msinga Hill, with Panda remaining at the bottom together with Mashariki, Bada and Ndotto. Ngilai enjoyed a wonderful scratching session of his entire body against the rocks on the hill before lying down on the wet earth. Arruba, Mbegu, Godoma and Embu took to separate rocks for a scratch.
Later in the morning, Panda and Mashariki decided to join their friends and had to make the long way up as they encountered a rock that was quite steep which they couldn’t climb. The milk dependent orphans came down for their milk feed before rejoining their friends. Naipoki and Tundani ended the days browsing activities with a wonderful wrestling match before following their friends back to the stockades for the night.
This morning the orphans played happily around the stockade compound following their milk and supplement feeding. Ndotto lay down to play which attracted Kihari’s attention, and she went over to engage Ndotto in a wrestling match, but was beaten to it by Ndii who managed to get there first.
Kenia seemed jealous of Ndii’s interaction with the young orphan elephants and went to lie next to Ndii so that the she could get some attention from the babies of the group as well.
Once out in the bush, the orphans settled to browse in single file. Nelion sought out Ndoria for a play fight but was ignored by Ndoria who was focused on browsing. The milk dependent orphans had their bottles close to the middle waterhole but didn’t wallow as it was a chilly day.
It was a bright morning as the orphans exited their stockades for their morning milk bottles and supplement feeding. Nelion and Tundani were busy playing a pushing game, while Mudanda and Mashariki were feasting on the very green branches from the acacia tree at the stockade fence line.
The orphans left the stockade under the leadership of Mbegu and Godoma and enjoyed a morning browsing before visiting the baobab water hole in the afternoon. They entered the water after the mid-day milk fee and had a wonderful mud bathing session. Araba, Rorogoi and Embu shone with their rolling in the mud game, with Arruba coming in and lying on Rorogoi’s stomach, impairing her movements. Araba was busy running from one edge of the water hole to the other, kicking the muddy water with her front feet. Naipoki and Tundani stayed out of the water and enjoyed a wrestling match at its edge.
In the afternoon Panda enjoyed browsing with little Tahri and the two spent the entire afternoon together before returning to the stockades for the night with the rest of the orphan herd.
The milk dependent orphans came running out of their stockades and lined up for their morning milk bottle. Ngilai gulped down his milk bottle before going around troubling his friends for some of their share. The Keepers intervened and led him away so that the rest of the group could enjoy their milk in peace. Tahri scratched her belly on a rock while Nelion stood by watching before joining in. Mbegu had fun crawling up one of the stockade terraces. Ndii saw what she was doing and came to join Mbegu.
The orphan herd visited the baobab water hole in the afternoon. Rorogoi and Godoma charged into the water, running from one edge to the other as they were the only ones in the mud bath, seeing as their friends had resumed their browsing activities.
An orphan female baby buffalo aged two days old had been rescued the night before by Lualeni camp scouts and taken to Lualeni camp for the night. The baby buffalo was collected from them by the Voi Keepers and was brought to the Voi stockades.
The day started as usual with the orphans’ daily routine of milk and supplement feeding. There were some brief games around the stockade compound before the group left for the browsing grounds under Embu and Lentili’s leadership.
The orphans enjoyed browsing and drinking rain water from several water pans that they came across following a downpour earlier in the morning. They had fun playing in some deep erosion trenches at the foot of Msinga Hill with Mbegu and Lasayen playing together while Tundani and Nelion settled down for a wrestling match.
In the afternoon a wild elephant bull browsed his way close to the orphan herd but they didn’t join him as they had their minds set on making their way to the western side of Msinga Hill, where there was a lot of green vegetation for them to feed on.
After the milk dependent orphan elephants had downed their morning milk bottle, Tahri ran towards Ndii and Kenia trumpeting loudly. There was then a loud commotion in the stockade when Kenia, Ndii, Kihari and Naipoki went running towards Tahri as they exited their stockade, thinking that she was in trouble. On noticing that everything was fine they all settled to enjoy the Lucerne pellets before playing games around the compound, after which they headed to the park.
The orphan elephants visited the water hole in the afternoon, and had a lot of fun playing mud bathing games before resuming with their browsing activities on the northern foot of Msinga Hill.
At 2pm, ex-orphan Dabassa came to visit and happily interacted with the stockade dependent babies. He spent the entire afternoon with the babies browsing amongst them and engaging Bada, Nelion and Tundani in some wrestling playing games. He returned to the stockades with the babies in the evening and remained there until 7pm when he returned to the park.
The morning began with the milk dependent orphan elephants lining up outside their stockades for their delicious milk bottle. Soon after finishing feeding their supplement food, Dabassa arrived and went to greet Tahri. Kihari tried to woo Tahri away from Dabassa but was unsuccessful in doing so and as such Kenia, Ndii, Naipoki, Nelion and Bada, contrived a plan to get their baby back. Nelion went and engaged Dabassa in a wrestling match which they both thoroughly enjoyed and which had the desired effect of Dabassa forgetting about Tahri.
The orphans then left towards the browsing grounds with Dabassa among them. Kenia and Ndii took the lead keeping their adopted babies Araba and Tahri in front of them and that way keeping them away from Dabassa who was bringing up the rear. Dabassa later left for the Voi River and the ladies in the orphan herd breathed a huge sigh of relief.
The orphan elephants had a lot of fun playing mud bathing games following their noon milk bottles. The afternoon was spent browsing close to the baobab tree waterhole.
It was a cold morning and there was some light rain as the orphan elephants happily played a game of hide and seek around the stockade compound following their milk and the supplement feeding. While they were playing, Dabassa arrived and went straight to Nelion, engaging him in a play fighting game. Panda took on Ndotto for a strength testing game and was happy to see that she was the winner. Panda then enjoyed a pushing game with Dabassa while Murit engaged his best friend Ngilai.
Mashariki and Mudanda took the lead up the southern side of Msinga Hill while Dabassa made his way towards the Mzima spring-Mombasa water pipeline area. After browsing for more than three hours, Kihari lay down and slid downhill into a muddy patch. Her game attracted the attention of Bada who tried to copy her but had to stop playing as he was blocking the path and preventing Panda and Araba from coming downhill for the noon milk feed at the foot of Msinga Hill.
After a very peaceful morning feed, the orphan elephants left the stockade for the browsing grounds settling on the southern side of Msinga Hill. There was some light rainfall again, and the orphans were joined for the morning browsing session by Dabassa, who accompanied them to the baobab tree water hole for the noon milk feed and a drink of water. Due to the cold weather, none of the orphans wallowed in the mud bath.
The orphans resumed with their browsing activities as they fed on the green and lush grass. In the afternoon Dabassa engaged Nelion in a play fighting game while Lasayen enjoyed a game of rolling and sliding down the green grass. Ngilai saw the fun Lasayen was having, and came to spoil it by sitting on Lasayen’s head before encouraging Murit to ride on Lasayen’s back. Lasayen screamed for help and Dabassa was quick to come to the rescue. Dabassa followed the orphans back to the stockades in the evening before returning to the park at 6:30.
The morning began with Ngilai running out of the stockades ahead of the others for the morning milk bottle and supplement feeding. There was some sad news this morning for the Keepers as the orphan baby buffalo that was rescued five days ago died early in the morning hours. There were some brief games around the stockade compound before Kenia and Ndii took the lead of the orphan herd to the browsing fields where they were joined by Dabassa for a short spell before he ambled off. The orphans browsed in single file with Kenia and Ndii keeping close browsing ties with their adopted babies Araba and Kihari.
Light rain fell while the orphans browsed and they all enjoyed feeding not the moist grass and drinking from the water pans the had been filled with rain water. As a result none of the orphans visited the waterhole today.
In the evening, once the stockade dependent orphans were back in their stockades for the night, Dabassa was seen following a wild elephant herd that he joined for some browsing activities.
It was a bright and sunny morning as the orphans exited their stockades to begin the day. Godoma came running and trumpeting to the milk feeding area in an effort to prevent Ngilai from stealing her milk bottle. Kenia reacted quickly and came in to ensure that there were no problems. Mbegu and Godoma took the lead of their friends to the browsing fields while Tundani and Nelion brought up the rear so that they could stop and enjoy a wrestling game without disrupting the rest of the group.
Out in the bush, Mbegu enjoyed feeding with Godoma and Murit with Ishaq-B coming to join the two. Dabassa joined the orphan herd at 9am and spent the entire day with the orphans. As it was a fairly cold day, none of the orphans entered the mud bath when they went to the baobab tree water hole for the milk feed. In the evening, Dabassa escorted the orphans back to the safety of the stockades, leaving once the orphans were back in their night quarters.
It was a wonderful morning with the orphan elephants coming out of their stockade excited for the beginning of another day. Ngilai engaged his best friend Murit in a play fighting game, as Bada, Mashariki, Mudanda and Rorogoi enjoyed a scratching session against some rocks in the stockade compound. Bada enjoyed taking the lead of the orphan herd to the northern side of Msinga Hill.
Ngilai and Murit played their pushing strength testing games all the way to the browsing fields where they eventually settled down to browse with their friends. At noon the orphans left for their milk feed and a swim in the baobab tree water hole where they all enjoyed playing in the mud bath. Once the bathing activities were over, they gathered under an acacia tree seeking shelter from the scorching sun as they flapped their ears to keep cool.
At about 2:20 in the afternoon, Dabassa came to the stockades for a drink of water from the stockade water trough, after which he returned to the Park, but didn’t meet up with the orphan herd.
It was another wonderful beginning to the day with the milk dependent orphan elephants assembling in a nearly perfect straight line for their delicious milk bottle. Rorogoi and Suswa tried to introduce a play fighting game to their fellow friends who showed no interest as they were intent on beginning the days browsing activities.
After feeding for three hours, Kenia's herd, who had explored the northern side of Msinga Hill, joined a wild cow and her two calves for a browsing session. Araba, Tahri and Aruba wanted to greet the younger calf but were prevented from getting too close by her teenage sister who was intent on keeping them away from the baby. Kenia rejoined Mbegu’s herd as they made their way to the waterhole.
A thick cloud had covered the sun and the orphan elephants were reluctant to enter the mud bath. Once the cloud cleared the orphans changed their mind and eagerly made their way back for a swim. Kihari, Arruba and Embu enjoyed rolling around in the water while Ndii chose to avoid the wallow and climbed into the water trough for a bath instead. Naipoki interrupted Tundani from a soil bathing game and the two quickly became embroiled in a strength testing game. The afternoon was spent browsing close to the baobab tree waterhole.
The morning started with the usual routine of milk and supplement feeding after which the orphans headed to the browsing grounds. They browsed their way to the far northern side of the stockade before slowing making their way to the baobab tree waterhole.
It was nice and sunny as the orphans arrived in groups of five for their noon milk bottle after which they plunged into the water for a wonderful mud bath. Ndoria sucked water up into her trunk which she then lifted into the air and sprayed the water out like a fountain splashing those around her. Arruba, Suswa and Embu were busy rolling around in the water enjoying themselves while Ndoria continued to splash her friends. Ndii, Kenia and Kihari took Araba and Tahri for a dust bath on the red earth piles close to the waterhole. The group then concentrated on their browsing activities for the rest of the day before returning to the stockades for the night.