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It was a very cool morning after we had 30mm of heavy rain last night. The orphans were quietly walking to the lucerne field after their milk as it was very slippery. Barsilinga and Olsekki were sniffing the lucerne cubes when the keepers were walking down to give it to them. They joined up with Kilaguni, Narok and Bomani and they all shared the lucerne together before heading out to the bush.

It was very wet everywhere and all the keepers were getting rained on alongside the elephants. Galla was seen playing in a natural mud pool with Tusuja, rolling around in the mud. Karisa was running here and there again trying to run off into the bush and the keepers were kept on their toes trying to keep him with the herd. Other orphans were busy playing and rolling in the wet soil. Sirimon was play fighting with Galla and later the herd walked to the mud bath for their milk.

At mud bath it was very wet and slippery everywhere. The orphans has their milk and walked straight back to the bush. Narok, Orwa and Bomani were still with the dependent herd. Orwa browsed with Galla while Barsilinga rolled around in some mud close by; later he kneeled down on the ground to reach some fresh grass with his teeth. Later the herd walked back home in the evening. We recorded a total of 35mm of rain today and we did not see any other Ex Orphans around.

Barsiling and Olsekki can smell the lucerne cubes

Galla at the watering hole

Naseku browsing in the bush


The orphans walked down for some lucerne this morning before heading out into the Park. Some walked to the water trough to drink water and later they followed the rest of the herd and the keepers into the bush. Whilst the orphans browsed up and down the hill it started raining again. Orwa, Narok and Bomani joined the group in the bush whilst they searched for food. Kithaka then led the group to the mud bath despite that fact that he doesn't get a milk bottle these days.

After those that have milk finished their bottles, the orphans walked back to the bush because it was still over cast and they did not feel like wallowing. Lemoyian browsed in the trees while Laragai scratched her tummy.

It started to rain again in the afternoon and the orphans became very active, rolling in the wet soil. Sirimon was busy rolling in the mud with his friends, Lemoyian, Sokotei, Kithaka, Tusuja, Olsekki and later Boromoko. Orwa, Narok and Bomani were still with the group. Karisa was running about and was very impatient but we were not sure why. The herd later walked back home in the evening for their milk. We recorded 25mm of rain today. This is the highest amount of rain recorded since the rainy season began.

Kithaka leading the orphans to mud-bath

Orwa stops for a scratch

Restless and impatient Karissa running around


Early in the morning around 5am, the Keepers found that Laragai had opened her gate again and let out all of her group including Kithaka, Lemoyian, Garzi, and Barsilinga. They were outside waiting for the other orphans to come out after their milk and join them. They met with Orwa, Bomani, Kilaguni and Chaimu as well who were also outside. Kilaguni started playing and climbing on Orwa. They were all given some lucerne cubes and later the dependent orphans walked out to browse.

Olsekki was playing with his trunk as he walked. Laragai was playing with chunks of soil and threw some in the air. Olsekki went on to play fight with Enkikwe while Kamok scratched on the rocks. Galla browsed together with Dupotto as the group started walking to the mud bath for their milk.

It was slightly over cast today so the orphans had their milk and drank some water and then went back into the bush without swimming today. It started to rain in the afternoon and Kamok was spotted happily playing in the mud with Sokotei. The rest of the orphans were busy browsing except for Tusuja and Lemoyian who were busy playing and rolling in a small mud bath they found. The herd later walked back to the stockade for their bottles and to go to sleep. We recorded only 3mm of rain today.

Chaimu looking for more lucerne cubes

Laragai enjoying the dust bath

Tusuja after dustbath


Laragaiís group were in the stockade compound early this morning having opened their gate. Last night, Laragai had attempted to open the gate but she didn't manage. She did succeed this morning though and all her group were outside. She was with Kithaka, Barsilinga, Lemoyian and Garzi. She has done this several times now and it is as if she is saying she wants this group to stay out now! The other orphans came out to feast on the lucerne cubes and independent orphans Orwa, Bomani and Narok came to join them.

In the bush, all the orphans were busy browsing. Barsilinga and Ukame browsed together on the rocks. Whilst the others were busy finding food, Roi was tossing chunks of soil chunks on her back and in the air. Later the group, led by Wanjala, walked to the mud bath. First the orphans went for a drink and then a swim in the water. It was funny to watch them all swim in a line today like soldiers! Then they all came out and Kamok started dust bathing. The group later walked back to the bush to browse. They only managed for a short time until they had to go and seek refuge under some shade from the intense heat. They came out later when it was a little cooler and browsed on their way back to the stockades.

Garzi arrives at the stockades after staying out

Sokotei finds a quiet browsing spot

Kithaka in a playful mood


Mutara, Kanjoro, Kainuk, Turkwel, Sities, Suguta, Chaimu and Kilaguni spent the night just outside the stockade. As soon as the gates were opened for orphans to leave in the morning, Kainuk, Chaimu and Suguta made their way into the stockade to check if there were any leftovers. Shukuru had a brief conversation with Barsilinga when they settled for lucerne as Orwa, Narok, Bomani and Vuria emerged from the eastern side of the stockade. Shortly later, Yatta and her group checked in and settled to share lucerne with the juniors. Kamok took some time to familiarize herself with Nusu as Garzi engaged Mutara in a pushing game, a game that saw Mutara emerge victorious. Boromoko, the gentle boy who loves engaging his fellow boys in pushing games, settled for a soil dusting exercise and later moved to a nearby termite hill where he gauged his own strength by trying to push the termite hill. Sokotei and Enkikwe had fun rolling on the ground with Sokotei attempting to ride on Enkikwe. Naseku picked an acacia branch that had probably been dropped by a wild elephant and stopped to have a taste of it when Tusuja came by and pulled it from her mouth. Naseku just let it go hoping that she would find another as the day went on. The temperature was moderate and only Lemoyian, Olsekki, Naseku, Shukuru, Oltaiyoni and Siangiki decided to wallow. But in the afternoon, the temperature skyrocketed making the orphans take a break from feeding and converge under a tree to hide from the scorching sun. The orphans resumed browsing later when the temperature had dropped slightly.  

Shukuru talking to Barsilinga

Mutara playing with Garzi

Boromoko soil dusting

Sokotei playing with Enkikwe




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