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When the orphans woke up this morning they found some visitors from Mutara's herd sleeping on the ground just inside the compound. Mutara, Suguta, Sities, Turkwel, Kainuk, Kanjoro, Orwa and Bomani were all there. Kilabasi was with them as well, even though he is not normally part of their group. Barsilinga started scratching his neck on the raised wall, and Kilabasi relieved an itch on a nearby rock as he fed on lucerne. The dependent orphans then walked out to the forest with the graduate orphans following them. In the bush, everyone was busy browsing. Namalok browsed on his own and seemed to be happiest that way. Sapalan was also browsing separately as this seems to be what he prefers as well. The graduate orphans separated themselves from the dependent ones and walked off into the bush. The dependent orphans walked to the mud bath for their milk.

Namalok drank his milk from the bucket as usual. Some wild bulls arrived and drank water from the water trough before walking to the mud bath to prepare for a swim. The dependent orphans also lined up to get into the water from the other side. The wild bulls got in first and started wallowing. They did not swim for very long and soon gave way to the little orphans to get in. Esampu led them in and they swam from one end to the other. They walked out in a line and made their way to the dust bath where they started rolling on the soil and playing again. Esampu started rolling on the ground first, and the others followed suit. Finally they all walked back out to the bush to browse again. We had one wild bull drinking from the water trough next to Enkikwe who came in late to have some water.

The orphas busy browsing




It was a busy morning at the stockades as we had a big group of elephants including Nasalot, Wendi, Yatta, Olare, Mutara and Orwaís herds, plus some wild elephants. They all visited and wanted to share the lucerne supplements too. Nasalot was with Nusu, Yatta with her babies Yetu and Yoyo, Sunyei with Siku, Kinna with Kama, Mulika with Mwende and Wendi with her baby Wiva. Only Galana and Gawa were not present. It was so lovely to watch all the orphans and graduate orphans interacting with the wild elephants and watching some of them playing together. Babies Yoyo and Kama were trying to climb on Kainuk when she was lying on the ground resting. The orphans didn't have time to feed on the lucerne, and they walked straight out to the bush to browse. Rapa and Dupotto browsed together while Karisa was scratching behind his ears on a tree. Oltaiyoni was scratching her bottom as she played with her trunk. Later the group walked to the mud bath for their noon milk bottles.

Wendi and Nasalotís herds also arrived at mud bath with their babies. They mingled with Mutaraís group as the younger dependent orphans respected their space and stayed away. Some of the graduate orphans walked in to play in the mud hole, including Nasalot with baby Nusu. Nusu was playing in the water as Nasalot watched him. When the graduate orphans arrived, the juniors decided to walk back out to the bush to browse. Namalok was scared of the monkeys playing around him. New arrivals Esampu, Mteto and Mundusi were very active; Esampu kept trying to take the lead of the whole group, taking them in different directions to browse. Later on the dependent orphans walked back home in the evening for their milk.

Mutara's group with Kainuk, Turkwel, Sities, Kanjoro, Kilaguni, Vuria, Bomani and Orwa also came to drink water and later they walked out again. Laragai's herd then arrived and they were locked into their stockades as well.

Nasalot and Nusu

Sunyei and Siku

Zurura feeding on Lucerne


Mutaraís group arrived in the dead of night and decided to sleep outside the stockade compound. In the morning, when the dependent orphans were let out, Sities assigned herself the role of welcoming the babies outside. Tusuja walked to Kanjoro and exchanged morning greetings by entwining their trunks. A lone wild bull also visited the stockade water trough and left immediately after having enough water.

Shortly after the group had enough lucerne, Mutara led the entire herd to the browsing field. At the browsing field, Kainuk settled to browse with Wanjala, a boy who is very curious. Wanjala from time to time was seen putting his trunk in Kainuk's mouth, in an effort of asking some questions. At one point Kainuk got tired of Wanjala's endless investigations, and so moved away from him. Maramoja teamed up with Ukame and Roi and they were all seen communicating, but their conversation was disrupted by Kanjoro who passed by and attempted to bully the girls, but was warned by Mutara who was feeding a few metres away. At mud bath time, the weather was chilly and none of the orphans dared to step into the water. The afternoon was quiet as the orphans settled to browse along the eastern slopes of Ithumba Hill till five o'clock in the evening, when Maramoja led the first group back to the stockades.

Wild bull having a drink of water

Kainuk and Wanjala



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


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 Mutaraís 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 Mutaraís 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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