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Yatta, Yoyo, Yetu, Kinna, Kama, Ithumbah, Makena, Ishanga, Sidai and Naserian who haven’t been seen for a month, showed up at the stockades after receiving news that Lualeni had a baby and wanted to congratulate her. After sharing lucerne pellets, Yatta continued their journey to look for Lualeni who had left the previous day for an undisclosed location. This dry season, we have seen the formation of new groups among the ex-orphans. Yatta has her own group now, Galana another one and there is a possibility for Lualeni, who for years has tried to form her own group but failed, to now start another one but only time will tell. Nasalot also has got her own group but it's not clear who the members are since Wendi, Wiva, Mwende and Mulika who used to be in Yatta’s group, have not also been seen for a month. No-one knows how long the formation of these new groups will hold; only time will tell. The orphans settled to browse at Kanziku area and the rest of the day was uneventful. 

Kama nursing from Kinna

Yoyo and Yatta

Pare playing with Tusuja


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


Kamok, Karisa, Rapa and Dupotto left their night stockade with branches in their mouths early in the morning. Twelve wild bulls were drinking water at the stockade water troughs when the orphans settled for their lucerne. Shortly later, a wild herd showed up followed by graduate orphans Kinna, her baby Kama, Sunyei, her baby Siku, Lenana, Chyulu, Ishanga, Kenze, Ithumbah and Mutara’s group. After feeding on lucerne, Kithaka walked down and briefly joined the bulls for water before returning to join his friends. Shortly afterwards, Kinna and her group escorted the juniors to the browsing field before parting ways.

Out in the bush, Rapa saw a tall tree that had green leaves and started salivating for the leaves. Rapa tried to find a way of how he could reach them. Just as Rapa was about to give up, he saw a rock close to a tree and he used this to reach the high leaves. Rapa plucked at the leaves happily, thanking the rock for being close to that tree.

At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by eight bulls who shared water and a mud bath with them without any problems. Namalok, who is very lively these days, was the star of the mud bath as he trumpeted and splashed water everywhere using his trunk, enjoying every moment in the water. Galla engaged Kanjoro in a strength testing exercise while Mundusi and Meto shared the same tree to scratch on. Olsekki and Siangiki remained behind with the wild bulls as they tried to drink as much water as they could, so that it would last them for the entire afternoon.


Siangiki with wild bulls

Namalok coming out of the mudbath


In the morning, Yatta, baby Yoyo, Sunyei, baby Siku, Galana, baby Gawa, Loijuk, Naserian, Lualeni, Ololoo, Wendi, baby Wiva, Mulika, Mwende, Yetu, Sidai, Makena, Ishanga, Ithumbah, Zurura and several wild elephants were at the stockade compound when the orphans were let out. Gawa, who is now one year and ten months, has tusks which are starting to show and she seems to be very happy about it as she tried to challenge Esampu and Mteto. Mwende tried to charge at the Keepers but was calmed down by Tusuja. He seemed to communicate to her that she should calm down as the guys she was charging at were good people who raised her mother. Later, Tusuja, Kauro and Rapa held a meeting under the only remaining acacia tree in the stockade compound. Their conclusion seemed to be that they should walk out to the forest, and shortly later that was what all three did.

The sky was clear with no clouds, which was an indication of a hot day a head. Tusuja wondered if Kauro, who hardly takes a bath, would feel like one if it turned into a hot day. Kauro wasn't bothered by Tusuja and kept himself busy feeding. Galla challenged Ololoo and when he lost the fight he ran to follow his friends who had already left the stockade.

Out in the bush, Sapalan, who never participates in any activity apart from soil dusting and mud bathing, found a suitable tree stump that he used to scratch his buttocks. Later, he relaxed under a tree and forgot that it was time to go to the mud bath. The Keepers came back and found him and led him to join his friends who had already started the walk to the mud bath. There the junior orphans were joined by a lone wild bull who shared water with them. Mutara and her group then showed up and joined the orphans to mud bath and soil dust. Garzi engaged Kanjoro in a strength testing exercise that lasted for quite some time and later joined Sirimon in soil dusting exercise. In the evening a wild herd consisting of twenty five wild elephants reported for water and left immediately after having enough.

Yatta and Wendi with the others

Sapalan scratching

Garzi playing with Kanjoro


Nasalot, Zurura, Loijuk, Ishanga, Bongo, Galana, baby Gawa, Nusu, Lualeni in the company of Olare, Makireti and Mutara’s groups joined the juniors for lucerne early in the morning when they were let out. Gawa challenged Rapa, who wasn't in the mood for playing pushing games and so pushed Gawa away. The little rascal Gawa then decided to walk over and challenge poor Enkikwe; simply because she thought Enkikwe had a bad leg and wouldn’t be able to defeat her. Enkikwe couldn't entertain such nonsense from this small calf as he saw it as an act of disrespect towards her seniors. Enkikwe smacked Gawa using his trunk! Gawa didn’t wait around to be smacked again and so ran away to join her mum.

We watched Galla challenge Kibo, but he ended up losing the pushing game to Kibo as Melia and Olare enjoyed a game of rolling on the ground. Shortly later, Maramoja led the way to the browsing field. Galana, who understood the importance of providing milk for her baby Gawa, carried a whole bale of lucerne stacked in between her trunk and tusks, which she continued to feed on as she slowly wandered off back into the Park. Galana is a good mother and knows that a time is fast approaching when her friends and herd members will regret ever playing around with the lucerne. The orphans settled to browse in Kone area as the ex-orphans left to go back out and browse. The afternoon was hot and the orphans tried to browse and feed under trees with good shade. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by Mutara’s group and they all enjoyed swimming to cool off. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in Kanziku area up to five o'clock in the evening when Maramoja led the first group back to the stockades.

Enkikwe pushing Gawa

Kanjoro charging





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