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The orphans walked down for some lucerne this morning before heading out into the Park. Some walked to the water trough to drink water and later they followed the rest of the herd and the keepers into the bush. Whilst the orphans browsed up and down the hill it started raining again. Orwa, Narok and Bomani joined the group in the bush whilst they searched for food. Kithaka then led the group to the mud bath despite that fact that he doesn't get a milk bottle these days.

After those that have milk finished their bottles, the orphans walked back to the bush because it was still over cast and they did not feel like wallowing. Lemoyian browsed in the trees while Laragai scratched her tummy.

It started to rain again in the afternoon and the orphans became very active, rolling in the wet soil. Sirimon was busy rolling in the mud with his friends, Lemoyian, Sokotei, Kithaka, Tusuja, Olsekki and later Boromoko. Orwa, Narok and Bomani were still with the group. Karisa was running about and was very impatient but we were not sure why. The herd later walked back home in the evening for their milk. We recorded 25mm of rain today. This is the highest amount of rain recorded since the rainy season began.


Early in the morning around 5am, the Keepers found that Laragai had opened her gate again and let out all of her group including Kithaka, Lemoyian, Garzi, and Barsilinga. They were outside waiting for the other orphans to come out after their milk and join them. They met with Orwa, Bomani, Kilaguni and Chaimu as well who were also outside. Kilaguni started playing and climbing on Orwa. They were all given some lucerne cubes and later the dependent orphans walked out to browse.

Olsekki was playing with his trunk as he walked. Laragai was playing with chunks of soil and threw some in the air. Olsekki went on to play fight with Enkikwe while Kamok scratched on the rocks. Galla browsed together with Dupotto as the group started walking to the mud bath for their milk.

It was slightly over cast today so the orphans had their milk and drank some water and then went back into the bush without swimming today. It started to rain in the afternoon and Kamok was spotted happily playing in the mud with Sokotei. The rest of the orphans were busy browsing except for Tusuja and Lemoyian who were busy playing and rolling in a small mud bath they found. The herd later walked back to the stockade for their bottles and to go to sleep. We recorded only 3mm of rain today.


Laragai’s group were in the stockade compound early this morning having opened their gate. Last night, Laragai had attempted to open the gate but she didn't manage. She did succeed this morning though and all her group were outside. She was with Kithaka, Barsilinga, Lemoyian and Garzi. She has done this several times now and it is as if she is saying she wants this group to stay out now! The other orphans came out to feast on the lucerne cubes and independent orphans Orwa, Bomani and Narok came to join them.

In the bush, all the orphans were busy browsing. Barsilinga and Ukame browsed together on the rocks. Whilst the others were busy finding food, Roi was tossing chunks of soil chunks on her back and in the air. Later the group, led by Wanjala, walked to the mud bath. First the orphans went for a drink and then a swim in the water. It was funny to watch them all swim in a line today like soldiers! Then they all came out and Kamok started dust bathing. The group later walked back to the bush to browse. They only managed for a short time until they had to go and seek refuge under some shade from the intense heat. They came out later when it was a little cooler and browsed on their way back to the stockades.


This morning the orphans enjoyed their lucerne cubes without the presence of Ex Orphans. Galla and Olsekki started play fighting while Kamok scratched her bottom. After the cubes, the orphans walked into the bush for browsing.

All the orphans were browsing while Barsilinga browsed and scratched his legs at the same time. Dupotto and Oltaiyoni were busy browsing separately in the bush as they all searched for fresh leaves after some light rain. The group later walked towards the mud bath for their milk. More independent orphans like Barsilinga, Laragai, Kithaka and Garzi stayed behind with a reluctant Karisa as well joining their group; he had already experienced life in the wild and thought that he did not have to go for his milk either. It was not a very hot day as the clouds still lingered in the sky, so the orphans just had their milk, drank some water and then wandered back into the bush.
Lemoyian started play fighting with Sokotei while Kithaka stretched high to reach the fresh green leaves. Lemoyian and Galla were hiding under some shade as they thought it was too hot. Later on, Galla and Barsilinga went to browse together and Mutara's group of Ex Orphans joined them. Ex Orphan Turkwel greeted Siangiki and later the two groups walked back home in the evening. Mutara’s group hung around the stockade for awhile and later walked back to the bush.


In the morning Mutara’s group of Ex Orphans visited the stockade to share the lucerne cubes with the dependent orphans. We watched as the orphans had a relaxing morning and Kamok scratched her bottom while Kauro scratched his neck. They all interacted and ate lucerne cubes together. Later the orphans walked out to the bush to browse leaving the Ex Orphans behind.

Sokotei scratched on a termite mound while Lemoyian threw soil in the air. The other orphans were busy browsing and later, Mutara’s herd came to join them again. Karisa seemed rather overexcited for no reason and the other elephants steered clear of him! Kithaka was very busy browsing while Kamok and Boromoko were busy play-fighting.

It was not very hot when the orphans went to the mud bath to have their noon milk bottle, and the elephants went straight to the water trough after their milk and then out to the bush to browse again. They chose not to wallow today. They all browsed until evening.

Today we found a wild bull limping near the stockade and the DSWT/KWS Tsavo vet unit came to treat him. After the treatment he got up and walked away.




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