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A wild bull, who the DSWT/KWS Vet treated a few days ago for an arrow wound, reported for water and left shortly before day break. It was a quiet morning with no other graduate orphans visiting. Kauro exchanged morning greetings with Kamok by entwining their trunks while the quiet and independent Sapalan got into trouble with Karisa when he inadvertently stepped on lucerne that Karisa was feeding on. Karisa pushed Sapalan off of the lucerne he was stepping on and Sapalan left without a word. Later, Kamok had fun when she tried to charge at a bird that was sitting on the ground. The bird kept on flying off whenever Kamok drew closer. At last Kamok gave up and walked away after getting tired. Galla, who had seen Karisa push Sapalan earlier, walked purposefully towards him. We wondered what he was going to ask him, but perhaps it was why he had pushed Sapalan earlier as they all know he is such a shy and gentle elephant. Karisa turned and threatened to push Galla, so we know it was not a conversation he was enjoying. Karisa thought that he was equal to Galla but Galla showed him that he was still a junior, by engaging him in a strength testing exercise that saw Galla emerge as the winner. Later in the day Tusuja engaged Galla in a friendly strength testing exercise. The sky was clear but the temperature was moderate; no single graduate orphan or wild elephant showed up at mud bath. In the evening seven wild bulls reported for water at the stockade water troughs and at dark more and more wild elephants continued trickling in to quench their days thirst.  

Kamok charging at birds

Galla plays with Karisa

Wild bulls having a drink of water


Karisa always likes to leave the stockades with a branch in his mouth it seems, and this morning was no different. He sauntered out of the stockades with a tasty branch in his mouth, something that Rapa copied from him. Rapa picked his own branch and followed Karisa out of the gate. Outside the stockade, Mutara and her group had reported early before dawn and slept outside the stockade waiting for daybreak. Barsilinga engaged Kanjoro in a strength testing exercise and just as he felt he was losing the battle, Garzi came in and assisted him in his fight against Kanjoro. Shortly after, the orphans left for browsing, leaving Mutara and her group in the stockade compound. The weather was chilly today and the orphans concentrated only on browsing. Karisa paired with Pare to browse as Kauro, who is forging a tighter friendship with Kamok, had a light friendly pushing game with her.

Prior to mud bath time and the midday feed, twenty wild dogs visited the waterhole mud bath and left as soon as they saw the milk car approaching. It is always nice to see this very endangered animal. At mud bath, the orphans were joined by graduate orphans Nasalot, Nusu, Bongo, Galana, Gawa, Lenana, Kenze, Kilabasi and Makireti. Makireti checked on Enkikwe's progress by touching his wound with her trunk and we are sure she was wishing him a quick recovery. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the upper Kalovoto area where Wanjala enjoyed a pushing game with Tusuja, since the weather was still chilly and they felt like warming up. In the evening, a wild bull who was treated two days ago came for water at the stockade compound and left immediately after having enough water. He is looking in good health.

Karisa and Pare browsing together

Kauro playing with Kamok

Makireti checking on Enkikwe


The orphans settled for lucerne immediately after leaving the stockade. Mutara and her group who had spent the night just outside the stockade, joined the orphans to feast on lucerne. Pare exchanged morning greetings with Sities by entwining their trunks while Mteto settled for scratching exercise on the nearby rocks. Rapa teamed up with Kamok to feed while Turkwel used Suguta as scratching post by rubbing against her. Shortly later Nasalot with a few members of the senior graduate orphans herd reported at the stockade compound, thus disrupting the calm amongst the dependent orphans. Karisa and Sapalan didnít wait to be shoved around by their seniors, and did the wise thing of leaving the area to head out. Nasalotís baby Nusu, who had an escort of many nannies, attacked Pare simply because he knew that Pare would not retaliate amidst the heavy security trailing behind him. Pare of course didn't retaliate and just walked away, hoping to teach the little rascal a lesson one day when the opportunity arises!. As we approach drier weather, most of the graduate orphans in the company of six wild elephants showed up at mud bath, with all the wild born babies present. After mud bath, the dependent orphans headed north while the graduate orphans headed south. The afternoon was quiet as the orphans concentrated mostly on browsing.  

Rapa and Kamok browsing together

Mulika, Yoyo and Mwende

Orphans and wild elephants


It was a quiet morning with a clear sky when the orphans were let out. No single wild elephant or former orphans showed up that morning. Namalok settled for a scratching game on the nearby rocks, a game that also attracted Rapa, Kauro, Esampu and Roi. As soon as the orphans had enough lucerne, Maramoja, who has all the characteristics of becoming a future matriarch, rumbled as she walked out southwards. This was a sign of letting everyone know that it was time to head for browsing before it got too hot.

Out in the field, the orphans were joined by Orwa and Bomani who were wondering when the time will come for Laragai and her small group to join them out in the wild so that they might have some company and grow their herd. Galla seized the opportunity to have a strength testing exercise with Bomani. Their game didn't last for long as Orwa warned them by taking too much time playing it would cost them time feeding, and they needed to get enough food to eat.

At mud bath time, the orphans had a spectacular wallowing session and later, Siangiki and Olsekki took their friend Enkikwe to drink water and thereafter escorted him slowly back out to browse. Galla developed an itchy chest and looking around he couldn't find a suitable rock or tree to serve him. He then picked a stick that he used to scratch himself with, and when he was satisfied he went back to browsing. Kauro and Wanjala settled under a tree to relax and when they got bored of standing under the tree, the two boys decided to keep themselves busy by scratching against the tree as they waited for the temperatures to drop. Kamok and Roi, who came together from Nairobi, embraced the spirit of sharing when they teamed up to feed on the same shrub. Maramoja spend time feeding with Esampu as Mundusi always sticks with his friend good friend Mteto. In the evening, four wild bulls in the company of the senior ex-orphans showed up at the stockade and left immediately after having enough water.

Namalok scratching

Rapa and Roi



This morning the dependent orphan found Mutarasís group including Suguta, Turkwel, Kainuk, Sities and Kanjoro. Nasalotís herd were also there including Loijuk, Sidai, Zurura, Chyulu, Ishanga, Bongo and Nasalotís 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. Nasalotís 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




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