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12/8/2017 

Early before dawn it started raining. Kauro, Sapalan and Namalok woke up to their first morning in Ithumba with a blessing of rain. The ground was very slippery following the 30mm of rain we received early before dawn. Karisa, who isn’t very attached to any of the orphans, was the first one to leave the stockade. The orphans made a brief stop at the stockade water troughs where they only played with the water with their trunks, before leaving to browse.

The orphans had fun playing with the wet soil. Sokotei, Kamok, Naseku, Olsekki, Siangiki, Dupotto and Wanjala rolled on the ground as Sapalan stood a distance away watching. Lemoyian joined the group and started climbing on those who were on the ground, but his actions slowly brought the game to an end. Boromoko and Olsekki wrestled with each other but there was no clear winner from their game. Sapalan browsed close to Karisa, and we thought that Karisa might soon have a friend, while Namalok browsed close to the peaceful and gentle Shukuru. Close to the mud bath area, the orphans were briefly joined by Wendi, baby Wiva, Lenana, Chyulu, Makena, Makireti, Kasigau, Kilabasi, Lualeni, Loijuk, Ishanga, a wild orphan and three wild elephants. Lenana and Loijuk interacted with the juniors, trying to find out more about the state of the new comers. Sapalan and Namalok didn't look too bothered by the presence of the Ex Orphans but concentrated on feeding, as Kauro stayed close to his keepers. Garzi invited Ishanga to a pushing game with the intention of learning some new pushing techniques, which he could use on his fellow age mates. Olsekki played with Boromoko but Sirimon tried to intervene by getting in-between, something which angered Olsekki. He stopped the game with Boromoko and ramped up the game with Sirimon. Sirimon couldn't withstand Olsekki and surrendered by running away. Later, Ishanga had a brief conversation with Siangiki as they engaged each other in a light pushing game.
 

Karisa leaving the stockade first


Sokotei and Kamok playing


Dupotto and Oltaiyoni


Lualeni with the dependent orphans

12/3/2017 

Mulika and Mwende in the company of Mutara and Narok’s groups were at the stockade compound to welcome the juniors out this morning. Tusuja entwined his trunk with Narok in morning greetings while Shukuru said hello to her long time friend Mutara. Boromoko joined Kanjoro in an anticipation of learning new pushing techniques, by engaging him in a strength testing exercise. The cool and cautious Karisa, who dislikes being pushed by his friends, settled for a scratching game on the edge of the water trough. Enkikwe briefly engaged Kainuk in a pushing game that he quickly lost. Siangiki, who is Enkikwe's friend, took over from him and engaged Kainuk in a light pushing game. Mutara, on the other hand, warned Garzi of the serious consequences if he dared come close to requesting a pushing game.

Naseku took a break from feeding to scratch her belly on a nearby rock. Enkikwe settled to feed with Siangiki while Olsekki settled to feed with Sirimon. On their way to the mud bath, the orphans came across some water that they decided to cool off in, before heading to the mud bath where they were joined by Ex Orphans Galana, baby Gawa, Lenana, Lualeni, Challa, Rapsu, Sidai, Ishanga and Meibai. Naseku assigned herself the duty of taking care of Gawa and even left with Galana and her group. Later the keepers went to search for Naseku and when they found her, she was very reluctant to leave Gawa as she wanted to be her older sister. Naseku protested by trumpeting and charging to the nearby thickets as she made her way back to join the dependent group.
 

Shukuru says hello to Mutara


Kanjoro plays with Boromoko


Siangiki playing with Kainuk


Mutara warning Garzi

10/21/2017 

Soon after having her morning milk, Roi, armed with a branch in her mouth, led the way out from the stockade. Once the orphans were outside, Kamok requested Roi to share the branch with her. Roi resisted by walking away from Kamok. This prompted Kamok to catch up with Roi and forcefully take the branch from her. Later, Kamok settled against a nearby rock where she spent some time scratching her belly. Sokotei inadvertently blocked Lemoyian as he walked up to Kamok's stockade to get his milk. Lemoyian, who spends his night with Barsilinga, Garzi, Laragai and Kithaka, is the only remaining member in that group that is still having milk. To avoid being pushed by his friends, Lemoyian has to go to another stockade to have his milk whenever his gate is opened in the morning. Sokotei realized quite late that he was standing in Lemoyian's way when Lemoyian bumped into him. Shukuru, who has been diagnosed with an infection and still getting her medicine together with Dupotto, lightly pushed Kamok from the rock she was scratching on and used the same rock to scratch her belly. Shortly later, Shukuru had a morning stretch by stretching her forelegs forward, and then walked to the water trough where she settled for water. Galla, who is junior to Boromoko, picked on Boromoko for a strength testing exercise in anticipation of acquiring new pushing tactics that he could use to defend himself against his age mates. Mutara and her group, Nasalot, baby Nusu, the wild orphan, Chyulu, Ithumbah, Ishanga, Wendi, Lualeni and Ololoo reported at the stockade in the morning hours. The wild orphan was escorting and acting as nanny for Nusu this morning. Nasalot took Nusu on a tour of one of the stockades before joining her friends to feed on lucerne. Later in the day, Tusuja tested his strength against Olsekki, Kithaka and Barsilinga but ended up losing all the games to his seniors.  

Roi with a branch in her mouth


Kamok scratching her belly


Shukuru stretching


Wendi with Wiva

10/7/2017 

At dawn there was so much excitement amongst the Ex Orphans and wild elephants following Yatta's grant entry into the stockade compound with a new baby! There was trumpeting and bellowing as almost all the young girls wanted to be associated with the baby. Yetu, who is Yatta’s first born, didn’t even get a chance to be close to her younger brother Yoyo. The big nannies were making it almost impossible for her to get close, but she followed from a distance. Yoyo's main nannies included Sidai, Loijuk, Lenana, a wild female, Chyulu and Ithumbah. Shortly later, five wild dogs that tried to access the water trough at the stockade compound where chased away by the elephants who were on high guard. Yatta and her group headed west of the stockade while the juniors headed east. Kanjoro and Garzi briefly had a strength testing exercise before parting ways.

The orphans mainly concentrated on browsing so there was no fun and games out in the bush. At mud bath, only Kinna, Gawa, Yetu, Wendi, Wiva, Lualeni, Sunyei, Orok, Ishanga, Makena, Ololoo, Nasalot and six wild bulls joined the juniors at the venue. After wallowing, Dupotto scratched against the acacia trees and later in the afternoon, settled to browse with Lemoyian. Barsilinga dodged his friends and joined Mutara’s group up until evening when he returned to join his friends in the stockade for the night.
 

Yoyo with Yatta and his nannies


Little Yoyo with Yatta and nannies


Yetu, Yoyo and Yatta


Tight security for little Yoyo!


Yatta's baby Yoyo

10/5/2017 

The senior Ex Orphans were present at the stockade compound ready to share lucerne with the orphans once they were let out. Shortly later, Mutara brought her group to the stockade compound and joined in feasting on the lucerne. Suguta briefly played with Wiva while Turkwel entwined her trunk with Ishanga in morning greeting. When they finished eating lucerne, the herd scattered in different directions. The orphans headed east of stockade while the Ex Orphans headed west of the stockade.

Out in the Park, the orphans had a quiet morning as they concentrated on browsing without playing any games apart from Sokotei and Enkikwe, who briefly enjoyed a pushing game that ended in a draw. At mud bath time, only six wild bulls showed up. Galla had fun in the water and from time to time enjoyed riding on Boromoko. Later Bongo, Loijuk and Orok showed up for water. After wallowing, the orphans headed south of the mud bath. In the afternoon, the heat from the sun became unbearable making the orphans seek refuge under a tree that had nice shade. The orphans resumed browsing again later when is was cooler. In the evening, as is custom these days, the orphans passed by the mud bath to cool off, before being led back to the stockade by Kamok.
 

Suguta chats with Wiva


Sokotei plays with Enkikwe


Galla riding on Boromoko


Kamok leading the way

 

 

 

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