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2/2/2018 

It was a chilly morning and Ithumba Hill was partly covered by mist. The orphans settled for lucerne and shortly later they were joined by Laragai and her group, Makireti, Kilabasi, Kasigau and Chaimu. Barsilinga was limping after spraining his front angle. It's suspected that he was injured during the foray with the lions attacked yesterday. The incident will remain in the groups mind for a long time and they certainly know now how dangerous a lion can be, especially to young elephants. Enkikwe was captured by the lion perhaps after he threatened it, since Enkikwe is known not to run but raise his ears whenever anything or anybody passes close to him. Laragai, who is always alert, is the complete opposite to Enkikwe. She flees anytime she detects something strange or dangerous around, even before setting eyes on it. The rest of the day was quiet. At mud bath time, the weather was still chilly and none of the orphans dared to step into the muddy water. Roi settled to chat with Naseku as they shared food from the same shrub. From the look of things, the two were discussing the current affairs and probably asking themselves, what they would do if suddenly a lion appeared. 

Enkikwe recovering


Maramoja and Namalok


Roi chats with Naseku


Barsilinga

1/13/2018 

Mutaraís group and another Ex Orphan group led by Wendi consisting of Lenana, Challa, Ithumbah, Makireti, Kasigau, Chaimu and Kilaguni arrived at the stockade compound early before dawn. Wiva was still not with Wendi. It's hard to tell if Wiva, who is now two years and two months, has decided to leave her mother while in the comfort of being with her other nannies, or it Wendi who has abandoned her baby, but we are sure it is a temporary separation. The juniors briefly settled for lucerne with the Ex Orphans were Wendi settled to feed with Namalok. Kithaka walked a distance away, then rumbled calling his friends to follow him, and they all followed leaving the Ex Orphans enjoying the lucerne. Oltaiyoni settled to browse with Ukame while Tusuja teamed up with Sokotei. Later, Kauro moved to feed with Sokotei, while Namalok took a break from feeding to participate in a soil dusting exercise. At milk feeding time, Sapalan, who shows almost no interest in his milk anymore, headed straight to enjoy a cooling mud bath as the keepers tried in vain to coax him to come for his milk. Mutara, Sities, Turkwel, Kainuk, Suguta, Kanjoro, Kilaguni, and Chaimu joined the orphans. Mutara later escorted the juniors to browse, then returned to join her own older group. The orphans settled to browse on the western side of Ithumba Hill. Galla briefly played with Boromoko, as the rest of the herd concentrated on browsing.  

Galla playing with Boromoko


Boromoko scratching in Siangiki


Kamok soil dusting

12/13/2017 

Mutaraís group and another Ex Orphan group led by Wendi consisting of Lenana, Challa, Ithumbah, Makireti, Kasigau, Chaimu and Kilaguni arrived at the stockade compound early before dawn. Wiva was still not with Wendi. It's hard to tell if Wiva, who is now two years and two months, has decided to leave her mother while in the comfort of being with her other nannies, or it Wendi who has abandoned her baby, but we are sure it is a temporary separation. The juniors briefly settled for lucerne with the Ex Orphans were Wendi settled to feed with Namalok. Kithaka walked a distance away, then rumbled calling his friends to follow him, and they all followed leaving the Ex Orphans enjoying the lucerne. Oltaiyoni settled to browse with Ukame while Tusuja teamed up with Sokotei. Later, Kauro moved to feed with Sokotei, while Namalok took a break from feeding to participate in a soil dusting exercise. At milk feeding time, Sapalan, who shows almost no interest in his milk anymore, headed straight to enjoy a cooling mud bath as the keepers tried in vain to coax him to come for his milk. Mutara, Sities, Turkwel, Kainuk, Suguta, Kanjoro, Kilaguni, and Chaimu joined the orphans. Mutara later escorted the juniors to browse, then returned to join her own older group. The orphans settled to browse on the western side of Ithumba Hill. Galla briefly played with Boromoko, as the rest of the herd concentrated on browsing.  

Mutara's group coming into the stockade


Challa and Wendi


Kithaka calling his friends


Sapalan leading Turkwel and Suguta

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 isnít 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

11/30/2017 

It was a rainy morning today but Ex Orphans Ololoo and Kasigau visited the stockade early this morning and started play fighting. Just as the rain came to an end the orphans came out and joined the Ex Orphans.

Just after the dependent orphans left, Galana and her group with baby Gawa came to drink water and then left again.

It was still drizzling at noon so the orphans did not go in the mud bath after their milk. We did have a strength demonstration however through Olsekki and Boromoko who started play fighting, which then turned into a real fight. The keepers went to intervene when it appeared it was becoming more serious. Then Yatta, Kinna and their babies arrived at the mud bath from the other side. Baby Kama was playing and running here and there trying to charge at the keepers. Yatta and Kinna walked their babies off into the bush however and visited the stockade later on as well.

The orphans went on browsing while Garzi was busy rolling in the mud along the road. Later on, the orphans made their way back home in the evening for their milk. We recorded 8mm of rainfall today.

 

Sokotei plays whilst Naseku browses


Makena with Yoyo and Kama


Little Yoyo and Kama

 

 

 

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