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It was a quiet morning today as the orphan elephants had their milk bottles and walked down to the lucerne field to feed. We had no graduate orphans visit today but instead we had two buffaloes who visited to drink water. The newest arrivals from Nairobi seemed rather scared of them and held their ears held up and high, flapping them to scare the buffaloes away. Galla started scratching on the acacia tree while Turkwel prepared for her treatment after which she walked away and joined her group of orphans to go the bush to browse. She looked happy and active while browsing and was interacting with the dependent orphans too. She is doing very well and has her daily treatments without any trouble. Chemi Chemi arrived at the waterhole again and we tried to call him but he didn’t want to join the dependent group. Instead he decided to splash himself in the small mud bath; it is still very hard to treat him for his lion injuries but at least he looks very strong and active and is browsing well.

After the mud bath, the dependent orphans walked back to the bush to browse. Enkikwe walked to the waterhole along the Tiva road and started playing in it. Some of the orphans were resting in the shade while others browsed. Mutara’s group stayed with them the whole day and later came to the stockades with them in the evening. On the way back home, the group walked to the water pool along the Tiva road again and they all played there for a bit. Turkwel is very comfortable in the group and is very much enjoying all the love and attention from the Keepers .

Back in the stockade, we had a group of wild bulls with females and their babies too. They came to drink water and left after that. Mutara’s group came in with Olare’s herd. It seems as if these graduate herds seem to want to team up for the time being, as these days we always see them together.

The younger orpahns scared of the buffaloes

Chemi Chemi mudbathing

Turkwel browsing after treatment


The day started off on a sad note when Chemi Chemi arrived in the morning with lion injuries. Chemi Chemi was in the company of graduate orphans Kinna, Kama, Tumaren, Sidai, Ishanga and Melia. Chemi Chemi now becomes the fifth elephant to be attacked by the lions. The first one was Enkikwe followed by Siangiki, then Sokotei and Turkwel. Narok and her herd had also had an attempt on their lives as well. The atmosphere was tense as the graduate orphans were nervous. Tumaren, who appears to have helped Chemi Chemi to fight off the lions, would not leave him alone even for one second. We bundled Chemi Chemi into the stockade but he was too strong and broke the gate lock and ran out. The vet arrived in time and treated him as the orphans watched.

At mud bath time, the weather wasn't appealing for wallowing and the orphans opted for a soil dusting session instead. In the afternoon, Kauro and Kamok browsed together and seemed to be deep in conversation. In the evening, Chemi Chemi was put into the stockade again but broke the fence and came out, making the Keepers come out and spend the night out to watch over him.

Chemi Chemi after treatment

Tumaren enjoying Lucerne with the orphans

Kamok and Kauro


Soon after Esampu and Mteto finished drinking their milk, they quickly walked down and tried to put their trunks in Namalok's bucket trying to share his milk. Namalok didn’t understand why these little rascals tried to take his milk when he never tries to steal their bottles at all. Namalok complained bitterly to the Keepers, bellowing and asking them why they were allowed to take his milk. The Keepers came quickly and restrained Mteto and Esampu from drinking Namalok's milk. Outside the stockade, Karisa walked straight to the water trough and joined a wild bull that had come for water. Kainuk, who is a true friend to Turkwel, slept outside the stockade on her own as Mutara’s group left to go and search for food. Kainuk joined her friend Turkwel for lucerne when she and the others were let out in the morning.

Out in the bush, Namalok had a brief strength testing exercise with Tusuja while Barsilinga settled to feed with Siangiki. The slow independent Sapalan was feeding a distance away where he was later joined by the limping Enkikwe. At mud bath time, the temperature was moderate. Kainuk escorted her friend Turkwel to get her milk, expecting to perhaps receive some too as remuneration from the Keepers for attending to Turkwel the entire morning. The Keepers did not hear her pleas but thanked her for being there for Turkwel. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse on the western side of the Ithumba Hill until evening, when Maramoja led the first group back to the stockades.

Turkwel followed by Kainuk

Barsilinga and Garzi browsing together

Namalok plays Tusuja


Six wild bulls were busy taking water at the stockade water troughs when the orphans were let out. Mutara’s group joined the juniors for the lucerne and also to check on the progress of Turkwel, one of their herd members, who was attacked nearly a month ago. Namalok, who is growing bolder by the day, walked down to join one of the wild bulls to drink water, as Esampu settled for a scratching exercise. Later, Mutara’s group escorted the juniors to the browsing field and they spent the entire morning together. Kauro took a break from feeding to participate in a red soil dusting exercise as Mundusi settled to browse close to Enkikwe. Mundusi held a brief chat with Enkikwe and we were not sure what they spoke about. The inquisitive Wanjala joined Kainuk and held talks for some time before parting ways. Shortly before mud bath time, the temperature escalated making Olsekki and his friend Siangiki take a break from feeding to relax under a tree before finally making their way to mud bath.

After their noon bottle feed, Kamok and Enkikwe dodged the Keepers for nearly half an hour before being found walking up the western side of Ithumba Hill, while the rest of group was heading towards upper Kalovoto area.

Esampu scratching

Kauro dustbathing

Enkikwe browsing with Mundusi


Mutara’s group with several wild elephants were at the stockade compound when the orphans were let out this morning. Sapalan, who had been held in the stockade for several days, joined his friends for a walk in the morning. A courageous buffalo walked to the water trough where two wild bulls were drinking water. The bulls tried to charge but the buffalo stood its ground and took water to its satisfaction before leaving at its own pleasure. Karisa, who has learnt greedy behaviour from his seniors, carried a bale of lucerne for himself and walked a short distance away from his friends where he put it down and started feasting on it.

Later, the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area up until it was time to go to the mud bath, when Esampu led the first group to the mud bath. Enkikwe for the first time in several months was able to go down and roll in the water. Enkikwe's action caught Roi by surprise and she even became a little concerned for him. She decided to stay in the mud bath incase Enkikwe needed some help. A warthog who was trying to make his way to the mud bath as well stood no chance with Roi watching over Enkikwe and was chased away. Roi only felt releif when she finally saw Enkikwe get back to his feet. She rumbled, asking Enkikwe to hurry up to catch up with the group that had already disappeared into the bush.

The conditions are drying up and the orphans have been having to move further afield for browse. Turkwel and Enkikwe have been able to keep up with the other dependent calfs despite the distances. Both orphans are happy for the Keepers to treat their wounds. Lions could be heard roaring in the distance which given recent events is a worry.  


Buffaloe sharing water with wild bulls

Roi watching over Enkikwe




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