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It was a quiet morning as the orphans strolled nonchalantly out from their stockades. Led by the independent Karisa, the orphans headed straight to the bush and settled to browse at Kone area. The weather was cloudy and the orphans concentrated on browsing until they arrived at Kone dam. The orphans settled for a cooling mud bath before heading for their noon bottle feeds. On the way, Kauro opted to dry himself by rolling on the dry soil while Barsilinga briefly engaged Garzi in a light strength testing exercise. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse on the western side of Ithumba Hill. The clouds cleared giving way to sun shine and this prompted Sapalan and Namalok to seek refuge under a tree until the temperature dropped, before resuming browsing. In the evening, Bongo, who had joined the orphans an hour earlier, escorted the juniors back to the stockade.  

Kauro rolling on the ground

Barsilinga playing with Garzi

Namalok and Sapalan browsing in the shade

Naseku leaning against a tree


Tusuja and Sirimon started their day by participating in a strength testing exercise soon after they were let out. Boromoko and Dupotto opted to drink water first before settling for lucerne. The two walked down to the water trough before joining their friends for lucerne. Tusuja surrendered his game and this left Sirimon with no other option other than to move Enkikwe and invite him for a pushing game. Enkikwe accepted and had a brief pushing game before it was interrupted by the dominant boy Garzi. Kauro kept himself busy by scratching on a nearby rock as he waited for the signal that they were heading out to the Park.

Out in the bush, Barsilinga teamed up with Lemoyian to feed as Kithaka settled to feed with Pare. Shortly before mud bath time, the orphans came across a small pool of water where Galla, Rapa, Maramoja, Ukame, Naseku and Pare decided to go into the water and have a great wallowing time. Bongo, the water boy, appeared from the bushes and joined them. Dupotto led Tusuja and Kamok in the first group as they headed for their milk. In the afternoon we watched as Kauro briefly chatted with Maramoja and then Bongo escorted the juniors back to the stockades for the evening.

Kauro scratching on a rock

Pare and Kithaka browsing

Kithaka playing with Barsilinga

Galla playing in the mud



Rapa and Maramoja teamed up with Barsilinga to browse this morning and to learn a few things from him. Boromoko and Lemoyian saw it wise to start their day in a strength testing exercise that went on for quite some time before they decided to get on with the important matter of eating! Later, the playful Lemoyian invited Olsekki to a pushing game that Olsekki accepted without delay, and the duo were at it for quite some time until Garzi intervened and separated the two boys. The independent lady and gate-opener, Laragai, browsed far away from her friends and only joined the rest of the herd on the way to the mud bath. Sokotei enjoyed rolling on the ground which was disrupted by Olsekki and Lemoyian when they walked up to him and attempted to climb on him. The action of the two boys prompted Sokotei to cut his game short and he moved to another area far away from them. Naseku and Galla took a break from feeding and spent some time rolling on the ground. At mud bath time, the weather was chilly and none of the orphans dared to get into the mud bathing water. Kamok briefly entwined trunks with Boromoko and thereafter held a brief chat with Kithaka before heading back to the browsing field. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area where Pare settled to browse with Ukame while Sapalan teamed up with Sokotei and Naseku.  

Barsilinga, Rapa and Maramoja

Olsekki plays with Lemoyian

Naseku and Galla playing

Ukame and Oltaiyoni browsing


Karisa led the way out soon after the morning milk. Outside the stockade, the orphans were received by Orwa, Vuria, Narok and Bomani. Laragai had let her stockade-mates out by opening the gate at around midnight and Kithaka, Barsilinga, Garzi, Lemoyian, Siangiki, Enkikwe, Olsekki and Sokotei were happy to join Mutara’s group that had camped outside the stockade. This group joined the orphans later out in the bush. Tusuja and Boromoko, who have become playmates recently, started their day activities by engaging each other in a pushing game. The orphans settled to browse close to the stockade in anticipation of the arrival of Pare, Rapa and Maramoja. At 8.40 am, the lorry carrying the three Nursery babies arrived, much earlier than usual, and they were offloaded. Roi, Galla, Kauro and Karisa were the first ones to meet with the new babies. Kauro welcomed them by rumbling as Roi was inquisitive as she moved around them, gently touching them with her trunk. After quenching their thirst at the water troughs, the new babies were led away to the browsing field. Pare seemed quite at home and straight away started feeding on grass flanked by Ukame, Galla and Naseku. Maramoja and Rapa stuck together as they moved and did everything together. Ukame tried to bully Pare but was cautioned by the keepers. Mutara, Turkwel and Suguta checked in and walked straight up to Maramoja and Rapa, wanting to greet the new babies. At eleven o'clock in morning, the new arrivals were taken for their first mud bath in Ithumba, where they were joined by the senior Ex Orphans led by Yatta. The orphans had a spectacular wallowing time as they waded through the water from one edge of the mud bath to the other. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to feed in the Kanziku area where Pare, Maramoja and Rapa continued to receive lessons about being in the wild from their older friends.  

Ex orphan Sunyei, her baby Siku and Gawa

Maramoja exiting the lorry

Pare with the other orphans

Turkwel, Maramoja, Rapa, Mutara

Maramoja, Mutara and Rapa


Mutara’s group have become our regular visitors in the morning, and today they joined the orphans soon after they were let out. Garzi loves challenging his seniors, and tackled Kanjoro in a pushing game that went on for quite some time. Barsilinga tackled the no nonsense Sities, but quit when the going got tough. Kainuk settled to browse with Namalok as she tried to get to know him better, as Turkwel engaged Tusuja in light pushing game. Siangiki had an itchy neck and used a nearby tree to scratch it. Naseku, Galla and Karisa teamed up to browse. Sirimon settled to browse with Kauro as Kainuk moved to have a chat with Garzi. At milk feeding time, Shukuru and Sapalan didn't bother to have their milk but changed direction to a small water hole close to the mud bath where they settled for a cool-off exercise. After mud bath time, Sapalan settled to feed with the big boys Kithaka and Barsilinga and in the evening, Galla and Tusuja wound up the day's activities by engaging in a strength testing exercise that ended in a draw.  

Barsilinga playing with Sities

Kainuk and Namalok

Siangiki scratching her neck

Naskeu, Galla and Karisa browsing




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