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2/27/2018 

The rest of Laragaiís group reported early, shortly before dawn at the stockade compound. Kithaka, who is such a little rascal, managed to climb up the stockade walls and broke a tap from one our tanks before the keepers on duty heard him and drove him out. Earlier he had passed by the KWS office and went under the electric wires and over tuned a plastic tank and pierced another one with his tusks. Olareís group in the company of fifteen wild elephants were present at the stockade compound. Olare and her team joined the orphans for lucerne.

Tusuja and Galla settled to feed together. The two boys who are of equal size had a disagreement when Tusuja took some leaves from Galla's mouth. The disagreement ended in a strength testing exercise that finally ended in a draw. At mud bath time, Kamok, Wanjala and Tusuja were in the first group. Soon after having their milk, the three headed for the mud bath. When they saw the third group running for their milk, Kamok did a quick calculation and decided to trick and the keepers into thinking she hadn't had her milk yet. To make sure that her plan didn't backfire, Kamok incorporated Wanjala in her scheme. Kamok informed Wanjala that they would join the third group just running while in their midst to make sure that no body detected them. The naughty duo were disappointed however when they got to the keepers who were holding the milk bottles. They were informed that they had taken their share and what remained was for them was to walk to the water trough and drink a lot of water. Wanjala scolded Kamok for failing in their plan and wished he was big enough to punish Kamok for not seeing it through. The temperature was moderate and shortly later, the orphans were joined by Mutaraís group. In the afternoon, Namalok separated himself from the main group and returned later when it was time to return back to the stockades.
 

Tusuja and Galla playing


Mutara and Kanjoro all muddy


Rapsu with friends drinking water


Mud bath time with so many elephants

2/24/2018 

Due to the ongoing dry season, the Ex Orphans and wild elephants show up on daily basis. The Ex Orphans target the lucerne grass which is provided every morning by the keepers from the store. Two wild elephants that appear to be new in the area walked with caution as they raised their trunks up, trying to determine how safe the area is. They could not understand how a gathering of elephants of similar age were located in this one area, and with so many humans as well! Their curiosity subsided when Laragai passed close by and extended her trunk towards them, probably in an effort of calming them down by answering their questions. Soon after the orphans were through with the lucerne, Kamok led the way to the browsing field where Tusuja settled to browse with Ukame. From time to time, the two could be seen communicating through touch, perhaps discussing the current drought and how it is affecting them by having to walk long distances for food to fill up their huge stomachs. Later, Tusuja and Galla, who are now considering themselves as grown up boys, had a sparring contest that ended in a draw.

Laragai, Kithaka, Boromoko, Sokotei, Siangiki, Garzi, Barsilinga, Lemoyian, Sirimon and Olsekki, every morning take a different route to the other orphans and return back late at night most of the time.

At mud bath time, the hot tempered Ukame, who has made an habit of pushing any elephant close to her after having her milk, threatened to push Namalok. If it were not for the keepers intervening by shouting at Ukame, then Namalok would have had a difficult time with Ukame. After mud bath, the orphans stampeded in fright when a troop of chattering baboons passed by at a high speed. The orphans didnít understand why the baboons were running so opted to run as well! The afternoon was quiet as the orphans concentrated mostly on browsing.
 

Tusuja playing with Galla


Wanjala mud bathing


Ukame and Kamok


Olsekki

2/23/2018 

A big group of Ex Orphans came today to share lucerne with the orphans. They know the time and came in as early as possible. The orphans had their share of milk and later joined them with the keepers distributing lucerne to everyone. Barsilinga was very clever and was carrying his share on his back to have it later. Boromoko accompanied the dependent orphans to the bush and stayed with them the whole day.

Galla was very playful at mud bath today again. He actively played in the new mud bath and started rolling as he scratch his belly, head and bottom on the tree there. Six wild bulls also came to drink water but there werenít any other Ex Orphans apart from Boromoko.

Back in the bush Sapalan browsed on his own as usual and didnít socialize with the others. The others browsed and later walked towards the small water hole beside the dirt road to play in the water and cool down before heading home.

Wendi's herd came to have some water in the stockade today and say hi to the keepers as we had not seen them for the last few days. Kinna, Nasalot, Sunyei, Galana, Yatta and Mulika with all their babies were with Wendi. They stayed for a long time under the shade in the stockade. Narok also came with only Bomani and Vuria. Enkikwe is still on medication. Kithaka and Laragai today did not return for the night as they fear being locked in, but all others in her group came and were locked in.
 

Ex Orphans feeding on lucerne


Barsilinga walking away


Wild bulls at mud bath


Kinna and Kama

2/22/2018 

This morning the orphans had their milk as usual before coming out and greeting the Ex Orphans that were waiting for them there. They all co-operated and shared the lucerne nicely before the dependent orphans left for the bush.

Wanjala was pushing Tusuja as if requesting to play with him and Tusuja obliged. Most of the orphans concentrated on browsing however as it is cooler in the morning than the afternoon when they want to just stand in the shade mostly!

Wanjala was the most playful one at mud bath as well. He wallowed deep in the water and submerged his whole head! Galla was also rolling around in the water. Later, Rapsu arrived with other three wild bulls and started playing in the water too. It was very hot in the afternoon but the orphans had no other choice other than to browse; they hid in the shade for a few minutes and later came out to browse until it was time to walk back to the stockades.

A big group of wild elephants visited the stockades today with a very young baby. Some of Laragaiís group came back at night and were locked them in with Kithaka. Enkikwe is still receiving treatment.
 

Wanjala browsing


Wanjala all covered in mud!


Rapsu drinking water


Orphans relaxing under a tree

2/15/2018 

Galana, baby Gawa, wendi, baby Wiva, Chyulu, Lenana, Nasalot, baby Nusu, Makena, Orwa, Bomani, Sidai and Narok joined the orphans for lucerne in the morning. A lone buffalo showed up for water at the stockade in the morning. As the buffalo settled for water Tusuja and Kamok spotted it and tried to charge. The buffalo stood its ground making Kamok and Tusuja retreat. Kamok met with Gawa and tried to scare her, something that left everyone wondering what sort of mother would she become when she grows up! Initially the girls are supposed to be good nannies and guardians to the young since at one point they will be mothers and they should learn early how to be when the time comes. Tusuja had a lone game of rolling on the ground as Laragai, Kithaka, Barsilinga, Garzi, Lemoyian, Siangiki and Olsekki left with the Ex Orphans. Boromoko and Sokotei were not seen in the morning but by noon they had come back and joined Laragai. Sirimon decided not to join the Ex Orphans but instead stuck with the dependent orphans. At mud bath time, Roi, who has become so greedy for milk, decided to play a trick on the keepers. After having her milk, Roi stood a short distance away sucking her trunk and pretending to be a good girl. As the keepers got themselves busy on feeding the next group, Roi tiptoed up and managed to grab a bottle of milk from the ground. The keepers shouted and told her to stop but she didnít listen and guzzled all the milk before one of the keepers could retrieve the bottle from Roi's mouth. Roi wasnít disappointed but just noted somewhere that next time she should have the perfect plan to make sure that she empties all the contents in the bottle before she gets caught. 

Chyulu eating


Gawa begging from her mum


Zurura playing with Garzi


Naseku with baby Nusu


Roi snatching a bottle!

 

 

 

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