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Mutaraís group and another Ex Orphan group led by Wendi consisting of Lenana, Challa, Ithumbah, Makireti, Kasigau, Chaimu and Kilaguni arrived at the stockade compound early before dawn. Wiva was still not with Wendi. It's hard to tell if Wiva, who is now two years and two months, has decided to leave her mother while in the comfort of being with her other nannies, or it Wendi who has abandoned her baby, but we are sure it is a temporary separation. The juniors briefly settled for lucerne with the Ex Orphans were Wendi settled to feed with Namalok. Kithaka walked a distance away, then rumbled calling his friends to follow him, and they all followed leaving the Ex Orphans enjoying the lucerne. Oltaiyoni settled to browse with Ukame while Tusuja teamed up with Sokotei. Later, Kauro moved to feed with Sokotei, while Namalok took a break from feeding to participate in a soil dusting exercise. At milk feeding time, Sapalan, who shows almost no interest in his milk anymore, headed straight to enjoy a cooling mud bath as the keepers tried in vain to coax him to come for his milk. Mutara, Sities, Turkwel, Kainuk, Suguta, Kanjoro, Kilaguni, and Chaimu joined the orphans. Mutara later escorted the juniors to browse, then returned to join her own older group. The orphans settled to browse on the western side of Ithumba Hill. Galla briefly played with Boromoko, as the rest of the herd concentrated on browsing.  

Galla playing with Boromoko

Boromoko scratching in Siangiki

Kamok soil dusting


As soon as the orphans settled for lucerne, Namalok, Maramoja and Dupotto started their day by scratching on the nearby rocks. Shortly later, Mutaraís group showed up at the stockade compound and joined the juniors for lucerne. At the browsing field, Galla challenged Boromoko to a pushing game but ended up losing. Enkikwe settled to feed with Dupotto and later, went down on his two front legs in order to have a lone peaceful soil dusting exercise. After Galla surrendered to Boromoko, he walked down and met with Lemoyian who has folded ears just like him but without tusks. Galla challenged the ever playful Lemoyian but regretted it later when Lemoyian decided to ride on his head instead of his back. Galla quit the game giving way to Boromoko who came to tussle with Lemoyian. At eleven o'clock in the morning, the orphans headed for their milk and later had a spectacular wallowing session before heading back to the browsing field in a single file. Kamok, Wanjala, Sapalan and Laragai took some time off from feeding to participate in a soil dusting exercise. Two bulls reported for water at mud bath when the orphans had left for browsing. In the afternoon, the sun was still hot and therefore the orphans passed at mud bath for a cool-off dip again.  

Namalok scratching

Mutara drinking

Turkwel and Suguta

Baby Nusu leading Nasalot and other Ex Orphans

Lemoyian climbing on Galla's head!


Laragai and her group originally consisted of Garzi, Kithaka, Barsilinga, Lemoyian, but now Siangiki, Enkikwe, Olsekki, Sokotei, Sirimon and Boromoko have also become independent and have joined this group out in the wild as well. When the new arrivals came from Nairobi they were very badly behaved towards them and since they were off milk as well, the keepers saw this as a sign that they were ready to stay out at night. Most of the time they spend the night just outside the compound, or close by, and come back in the morning to share lucerne with those still dependent. They were relaxing outside the stockade this morning with Tomboi when the juniors were let out. Galla and Roi left with branches in their mouths, which they continued to enjoy on their way out to browse. Tusuja developed an itchy neck and decided to use a nearby tree to scratch it.

Later Pare settled to browse with Maramoja as Karisa teamed up with Namalok. Sapalan, who still totally refuses to take his milk, browsed a short distance away from his friends. At mud bath, Karisa led Wanjala and Dupotto in the first group while Ukame led the second group consisting of Galla and Oltaiyoni. Maramoja led the third group of Namalok and Kauro. Rapa led Pare and Kamok; the orphans have to come in groups as they all get two bottles and the keepers cannot feed them all at once! After having their milk, the orphans headed to drink some water from the trough and to enjoy a short wallowing session, before going to dust themselves dry as usual. In the process, Galla picked up a piece of stick that he used to scratch what appeared to be an itchy chest. When he was done, he dropped the stick and joined in the procession of those heading back out to browse. In the afternoon, the sun was still hot as Pare joined Maramoja to feed while constantly flapping his ears to keep cool. Roi had a private soil dusting session before heading to relax under a tree that had good shade. In the afternoon the sun was still hot and the orphans passed by the mud bath to wallow and cool down. Shortly before six in evening, the senior Ex Orphans in the company of five wild elephants reported for water and left later after having enough. They left with Laragai and her group since Laragai had opened the gate to let her friends out again. She is clearly very eager for she and her friends to soon join their friends in the wild.

Tomboi at the stockade compound

Maramoja browsing with Pare

Karisa, Wanjala and Dupotto

Kinna, Kama and two wild bulls

Sunyei, baby Siku and some wild bulls


Olare and her group were relaxing outside the stockade when the orphans were let out. The orphans teamed up briefly with Olare before heading to the browsing field. Galla who has become more active and adventurous these days as far as pushing games are concerned, tried to challenge Kibo. This was quite a brave challenge for him against the much older boy, but he surrendered immediately when the going got tough! At least it was a chance to try and test himself against a much older and independent bull.

Later Galla decided to go for Naseku who is at least the same size as him. The duo enjoyed a light strength testing exercise but it didn't last for long as they wanted to continue browsing as it is drying out at the moment. Kamok settled to feed with Sokotei as the racing team led by Maramoja took a break from feeding to relax under a tree when the temperature started climbing. The group drew water from their stomachs and started splashing water behind their ears.

At mud bath all the orphans had fun as they rolled and splashed around in the water. Boromoko, as usual, enjoyed riding on his friends as they were still wallowing, something that Galla has started to copy as well! Later, the orphans went to dust themselves on the loose soil, which they love to do as it dries their bodies after a bath and gives them a good protective coat against the sun and insects as well. They then went for a second mud bath to test out the small new water hole which is being filled close to the big one, but is more in the shade. In the afternoon, Sapalan and Oltaiyoni soil dusted while Kamok took a break from feeding to scratch her buttocks on an anthill. In the evening, the temperature was still high, prompting the orphans to pass by the mud bath again to cool-off before they went home.

Naseku playing with Galla

Orphans relaxing in the shade

Sapalan dusting

Sapalan and Oltaiyoni


Soon after leaving the stockades this morning, the orphans headed for water before being led away to the browsing field by Laragai. Laragai is such a clever girl and is showing her friends and the keepers that she and others like Kithaka and Barsilinga are ready to live a life in the wild. Even though they come into the stockade at night, every night just after 7pm Laragai opens their stockade gate by pulling the bar across and pushing it open! Oltaiyoni relaxed her trunk on her Nursery friend Kamok's back for sometime before the duo followed their friends.

Kithaka developed an itchy foot and spent some time scratching it on a bent tree. Enkikwe teamed up with his friend Siangiki to feed which we watched them doing for some time. These two have been friends since the Nursery but it is only since they came to Ithumba that their friendship has really blossomed - they like to browse together a lot and can often be seen by each others side. We wondered how this friendship would develop as they grow and mature and what the future had in store for them, these two little Nursery friends. Galla and Tusuja decided that work without play made Jack a dull boy and so took a break from feeding to participate in a strength testing exercise. Their game ended when Tusuja surrendered and Galla walked to a nearby rock to celebrate his victory by scratching on it and relieving himself of some pesky insects at the same time. Kauro settled to browse with Nursery-friend Kamok and at eleven o'clock in the morning, Maramoja led the first group to the mud bath. The orphans decided to go into the water hole today and Boromoko enjoyed riding on Nasekuís back, just because she could do nothing about it whilst in the water as well! Shortly after mud bath, the orphans headed west of the Ithumba Hill where they settled to browse. Naseku and Namalok decided to dust themselves in soil and have a relaxing afternoon messing around.

Kithaka scratching his foot

Enkikwe and his friend Siangiki

Tusuja playing with Galla

Galla having a good scratch




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