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Narok, who has a new identity after losing her tusk, showed up in the morning with Mutara’s group. When the gates were opened for the dependent orphans to come out, Narok walked in to the stockade in anticipation of finding some nice leftovers, while Kainuk stood at the exit gate where she welcomed the juniors outside. The herd briefly settled for lucerne before being led away by Mutara. Siangiki and Enkikwe, the lion victims, stayed together and had a chat as they settled to browse. Siangiki has now recovered and only has a small scar above her tail to show where the lions tried to make a meal out of her. Enkikwe is still on the path to full recovery, and it will take a long time for the wound to heal since it is the knee joint which is always moving.

At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by two huge bulls. Mundusi, Esampu and Mteto were mesmerized by the size of the bulls, who were very gentle with them. They expected to be pushed away from the water trough but the bulls were very friendly and allowed everyone to have some water. Sapalan, who is never in a hurry, was the last one to leave the water trough as he enjoyed the company of the two wild bulls. In the afternoon, Esampu spent time trying to forge a friendship with one of the big girls, the hot tempered Ukame, of all elephants! It was amazing to see Ukame behaving nicely towards Esampu, since she is known for often hitting the other young boys and girls.

Narok and Sirimon

Siangiki and Enkikwe browsing together

Sapalan walking away from the two wild bulls


It was colder again today as some clouds had rolled over and there was a slight breeze. The dependent orphans walked down to feed on lucerne and found Orwa, Bomani and Bongo already there waiting for them. Kauro was feeling itchy and scratched on the wall while eating at the same time. Bomani also did the same on the wall while Kithaka was restless and wanted to go out to the bush to browse. Lemoyian was also very active and running all over the place with his ears held out wide.

Out in the bush the orphans were all busy browsing. Olare’s herd with Melia, Tumaren, Murka, Kitirua, Naisula, Kilaguni, Kibo, Kandecha and Chaimu joined them and they started browsing together. Kibo and Kilaguni started play fighting and being playful.

The orphans came in groups of 3 to have their milk at noon and after they walked in their groups with a keeper to the mud bath. Olare and the other ex-orphans followed them to the mud bath. A young wild female was among them. Tumaren started climbing on Olsekki while they were swimming. After swimming some went to the dust bath and others went straight back out to browse. It became very hot though and the orphans were struggling to browse and find shade at the same time. Ukame browsed right up until it was time to go home. They walked in a line all the way back to the stockades for their milk in the evening. Enkikwe had managed to stay with them for the whole day which was so nice for him.

In the stockades today we had one wild bull who came to visit. He drank water and left. We also had Olare and Mutara’s herds. They came running in very thirsty and had some water from the water troughs, and then they started playing around, obviously relieved and more at ease since they had a drink. Kibo was play-mounting on a wild female who was with them. Kibo also started play fighting with Tumaren and they were communicating with each other in deep rumbling tones. Kainuk over on the other side was playing with Bongo and finally Naisula was play fighting with Suguta.

Bomani scratching his neck and trunk

Kithaka heading to the bush

Kauro scratches his neck while feeding on Lucerne


This morning the dependent orphan found Mutaras’s group including Suguta, Turkwel, Kainuk, Sities and Kanjoro. Nasalot’s herd were also there including Loijuk, Sidai, Zurura, Chyulu, Ishanga, Bongo and Nasalot’s baby Nusu, with one wild female in the group too. They stayed for a short time and left. The dependent orphans enjoyed the lucerne after the ex-orphans had gone. Nusu was in a very playful mood but also felt shy with the keepers. Esampu, Kamok and Sapalan were feeding on the Lucerne together.

In the bush Mundusi and Mteto were browsing together while Namalok was separate from others. Later on Mundusi went to communicate with Wanjala and they started browsing. The new three new babies then went to browse with Karisa who they like and remember from the Nursery. Karisa scratched his neck on a nearby stump. The orphans then walked to mud bath for their midday milk bottle.

All the orphans had their bottles and walked straight to the water trough to drink water. Nasalot’s herd then arrived and they interacted and wallowed together, before getting out and walking to the dust bath. Wild born baby Nusu was the most playful one on the pile of loose soil, while Zurura and Kasigau were the most playful ones in the water hole. They just love swimming at the moment and playing their pushing games in the water! After the shared dust bath the ex-orphans walked away in separate direction to the dependent orphans who went back out to browse.

Mundusi and Mteto were together the whole of the afternoon, but Esampu seemed to be exploring new friends. Naseku, Wanjala and Karisa were browsing together. While Siangiki and Olsekki as usual stuck together. Wanjala and Karisa are very close friends, and today Tusuja also seemed to be trying to make friends with Wanjala.

In the afternoon the orphans walked back to the stockades for the night. An hour later Laragai, Barsilinga, Kithaka, Lemoyian, Garzi and Sirimon arrived back too and they were shut into their stockade.

Esampu, Kamok and Sapalan feeding on Lucerne


Karisa scratching


It was another chilly morning when the orphans strolled nonchalantly out from the stockades with Roi taking a branch with her that she continued to enjoy outside. Mutara’s group with Olare, Kibo, Kandecha and Chaimu paid a visit to the stockade and had the opportunity to interact with the juniors when they came out. Galla decided to test his strength by engaging Kainuk in a pushing game. Shortly later, a wild bull checked in at the stockade water trough and this prompted the orphans to walk down to join the wild bull to drink water. Galla, Tusuja and Karisa had a brief conversation with the wild bull as they stretched their trunks towards him. The three boys hoped that one day they will grow as big as the wild bull. The junior ex-orphans browsed with the orphans up to mud bath time when they escorted the orphans for their midday milk feed.

The weather was fairly warm and the ex-orphans led the orphans to mud bath. Only Olsekki, Kauro, Siangiki and Enkikwe boycotted the wallowing exercise. Olsekki waited until Enkikwe had enough water before escorting him to join his friends. After soil dusting, Mutara and Olare led the group to Kone area where they settled to browse for the afternoon. It was a quiet chilly afternoon as each elephant tried to get enough food before the end of the day. The evening was also quiet with no wild elephants visiting the stockade.


Orphans joining a wild bull for water

Mutara plays with Suguta


Olare was by herself outside the stockade when the orphans were let out. Pare walked over to Olare and exchanged morning greetings by entwining their trunks. Shortly later, Olare had a game of rolling on the ground as she tried to entice the juniors to join her but no one was interested. Olare then stood up and remembered that there was Enkikwe who she was supposed to check on, to see his healing progress. Olare walked to where Enkikwe was standing and had a brief chat with him, before showing the juniors the way out to the browsing field. Mteto settled to browse with Mundusi while Esampu briefly settled to browse with Lemoyian.

On the way to the mud bath, the orphans were joined by Mutara’s group, Kilaguni, Chaimu, Kandecha and Kibo. As Galla was drinking his milk, he was bumped by Ukame. Galla complained bitterly and his loud protest reached Roi, his friend. Roi was drinking water at the water trough and came down running to check what was happening to her friend Galla. Roi met Galla on mid-way and took him to the water trough as she tried to find out if he was okay. Mutara assigned herself the role of taking care of Mundusi, Mteto and Esampu at mud bath. Mutara took the three new babies aside and inspected them and communicated with them in low rumbles. Shortly later, Mutara brought her meeting with the new babies to an end by walking them to join their friends who were wallowing. Tusuja had a brief strength testing exercise with Kainuk as Kilaguni played with Kanjoro. After the herd had enough wallowing, the orphans headed to Kanziku area while Mutara’s group took her group towards Imenti area. Kamok settled to browse with Wanjala while Oltaiyoni teamed up with Olsekki.

Pare greeting Olare


Kandecha after a wallow




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