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It was a quiet morning with only few wild elephants and Ex Orphans reporting for water. As soon as the orphans were through with the lucerne, Maramoja led the way out. Maramoja appears to have inherited some of Laragai's ‘leading’ qualities and took the rest of the team to the eastern side of the Ithumba Hill. Maramoja has a tendency of browsing way a head of the others and this is a way of making sure that she gets the best of the vegetation before anyone else. At mud bath time, Maramoja, who is the fastest from the group that came to Ithumba in December last year, led the first group to the mud bath. Wanjala had fun while mud bathing as he rode on Naseku. In the afternoon, Sapalan, who likes browsing by himself, separated from the rest of group to feed on his own. Galla likes challenging Tusuja and decided to engage him in pushing game. Tusuja decided to show Galla he is more senior to him though they are of the same size. He easily overpowered Galla and after climbed on his back which is a show of dominance. Galla accepted defeat and headed to nurse his humiliation by pretending that he was busy feeding. 

Maramoja browsing on her own

Galla playing with Tusuja

Tusuja riding on Galla

Wanjala and Pare in the shade


The day began as usual with the orphans observing the daily protocols of milk and supplement feeding followed by heading to the browsing fields for the beginning of the day’s browsing session. The orphans browsed in single file on the northern side of the stockade visiting the baobab tree water hole after their noon milk feed.

While there a herd of twelve zebra came for a drink from the baobab water hole, but were prevented from doing so by Embu and Tundani. The herd of zebra stood at a distance watching the orphan elephants enjoying their bath. When they saw that the orphans would be there a while they came to drink from the trough which was being filled with water from a water bowser.

Naipoki was enjoying a scratching session against a tree stump and was joined by Tundani who waited patiently for Naipoki to finish before taking his turn. The two then joined the orphan herd who was returning to the browsing fields.

Panda dusting games

Ajali rubbing his back

Panda watching over Tahri


These days we think Ndotto is practicing to become a dominant bull. Today he was in the company of older elephants led by Ndiwa and they went off deep into the forest to browse. When the keepers called them all of the others returned except Ndotto. He chose to stay and feed on his own and later he decided to slowly follow the others. He chooses to browse on his own a lot of the time and never seems in a hurry, but he is still a lovely gentle elephant who loves his keepers. Lasayen, Ngilai and Mundusi are slightly the same and they never respond in a hurry when the keepers are calling them.

Ambo wasn’t very nice to poor Emoli during the 3pm bottle feeding. Emoli was passing by as Ambo was having his bottle and maybe he thought he was going to try and take it. He knocked poor Emoli down and he shouted for help. Big mama Mbegu came running over to see what the problem was but Ambo was not worried as Mbegu is his adopted mother and he did not think she would discipline him. Ambo raised his ears up as if he was going to continue fighting so the keepers intervened and pushed him away to leave Emoli in peace.

Lasayen out in the bush

Ngilai is also acting more independent

Ambo wasn't very nice to Emoli

Emoli with Tagwa behind


Ziwa moved quickly this morning and did his best to try and get Ngasha and Faraja to join him at the lucerne feeding area before the girls and the rest of the group arrived. Faraja responded however by pushing him away before rejoining the rest of the orphan herd who were enjoying feasting on the pellets that had been put out for them by the keepers. Lima Lima started walking to the water trough, leaving Alamaya eating pellets with the rest of the group. Some of the rougher boys came up to Alamaya and grabbed what was left of his tail which upset him tremendously; if there is one thing that Alamaya does not like anyone doing it is grabbing his stump of a tail and we thought his anger towards the naughty boys was justified!

Murera walked very slowly today as the orphans climbed the Umani Hills and she had to stop several times before finally joining the rest of the group at the top. She rumbled to her friends to get them to slow down as she was having difficulty keeping up with them. Mwashoti very sweetly came back down and stayed with Murera escorting her. He rumbled at Zongoloni and Lima Lima to come and help him which they did and the three of them worked together to coax and push Murera to the top where they joined the rest of the orphan herd and enjoyed the vegetation that they found there.

Lima Lima strength testing with Ziwa

Orphans returning to the browsing fields

Zongoloni and Alamaya strength testing

Quanza scratching


The rest of Laragai’s group reported early, shortly before dawn at the stockade compound. Kithaka, who is such a little rascal, managed to climb up the stockade walls and broke a tap from one our tanks before the keepers on duty heard him and drove him out. Earlier he had passed by the KWS office and went under the electric wires and over tuned a plastic tank and pierced another one with his tusks. Olare’s group in the company of fifteen wild elephants were present at the stockade compound. Olare and her team joined the orphans for lucerne.

Tusuja and Galla settled to feed together. The two boys who are of equal size had a disagreement when Tusuja took some leaves from Galla's mouth. The disagreement ended in a strength testing exercise that finally ended in a draw. At mud bath time, Kamok, Wanjala and Tusuja were in the first group. Soon after having their milk, the three headed for the mud bath. When they saw the third group running for their milk, Kamok did a quick calculation and decided to trick and the keepers into thinking she hadn't had her milk yet. To make sure that her plan didn't backfire, Kamok incorporated Wanjala in her scheme. Kamok informed Wanjala that they would join the third group just running while in their midst to make sure that no body detected them. The naughty duo were disappointed however when they got to the keepers who were holding the milk bottles. They were informed that they had taken their share and what remained was for them was to walk to the water trough and drink a lot of water. Wanjala scolded Kamok for failing in their plan and wished he was big enough to punish Kamok for not seeing it through. The temperature was moderate and shortly later, the orphans were joined by Mutara’s group. In the afternoon, Namalok separated himself from the main group and returned later when it was time to return back to the stockades.

Tusuja and Galla playing

Mutara and Kanjoro all muddy

Rapsu with friends drinking water

Mud bath time with so many elephants




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