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This morning Kauro was happily enjoying a pile of lucerne on his own. Dupotto on the other side was scratching her bottom vigorously trying to be rid of the insects that were annoying her. Barsilinga, Laragai, Kithaka and Siangiki came to join the dependent group after a long night browsing outside the compound on the hill behind. The orphans later walked to the water trough to drink water in preparation to leave for the bush. They met with a wild bull there and the wild bull was friendly enough for them to interact with him. Namalok was busy scratching his neck on the wall.

In the bush, Galla was busy browsing with his friends as they played. Namalok and Roi were browsing away from the rest of the group. Dupotto found herself alone and decided to walk towards her friends. Pare and Maramoja were standing under the shade from the hot sun. Later on, Ukame and Wanjala led the group to the mud bath for their milk.

After their noon mild bottles and a mud bath, all the orphans chose to keep themselves busy browsing despite the hot weather. Sapalan flapped his ears to keep cool whilst he browsed and Galla watched him. Naseku was browsing higher up the hill. Later on, the orphans walked back home in the evening for their milk.

Lenana passed by the stockade today with some wild bulls in hot pursuit as it seemed she was in season. Nasalotís group also passed by and they drank some water and left. Nusu, Nasalotís baby, was being very playful and charged around with her ears held wide and aloft, having a lot of fun with the keepers and the other orphans.

Later in the evening, Wendiís group of Ex Orphans this time including Nasalot, Kinna and Sunyei with their babies and other nannies also arrived. They had some water and left not long after. Laragai arrived later in the evening with Siangiki, Sirimon, Sokotei, Boromoko and Enkikwe. They had some water then went into their old stockade, eating all the food inside before coming out again. Kilaguni started a serious play fight with Ololoo near the water trough and interacted with two wild babies who arrived for some water with their mother. Their mother just watched on and they later all walked back into the bush.

Roi and Dupotto

Roi and Barsilinga

Wanjala and Pare

Wild bull chasing Lenana


Soon after leaving the stockade, the orphans were joined by the senior Ex Orphans under the command of Yatta. The playful baby Kama picked on Pare and engaged him in a light pushing game while Kithaka settled to play with baby Yoyo. Pare later moved to beg lucerne from Nanny Mulika who had a huge pile tucked in between her tusk and trunk. Mulika ignored Pare and later threatened to push him if he kept begging from her. After being warned Pare didnít hang around to be pushed but moved away to pick his own lucerne. The dependent orphans love meeting up with the wild born babies to play with them, but their interactions are also important lessons for the wild babies who donít yet have the natural composition in their herd of slightly older siblings; the junior dependent orphans can mimic this! Whilst they might get away with anything with their nannies that tend to just ignore their nonsense, they might get more of a telling off from the dependent orphans if they take things too far! Feisty little Wiva challenged Tusuja while Kama moved to play with Kamok. Kama pushed Kamok hard and Kamok decided to teach her a lesson in respecting her elders by whipping around and smacking her with her trunk. Kama didnít wait for another whip from Kamok and walked away quite surprised since she has been enjoying pushing everyone up until now without being reprimanded. Boromoko settled to play with Lemoyian as Tusuja picked grass that had been mixed with lucerne and started tossing it up in the air, and wore some as a grass hat on his head. The Ex Orphans then walked off into the bush while the orphans headed east of Ithumba Hill where they settled for the entire morning to browse. At eleven o'clock in the morning, the orphans enjoyed a cooling mud bath and soil dusted before returning back to the bush. In evening the Ex Orphans returned back to the stockade this time in the company of twelve wild elephants. The number of wild elephants we see keeps growing each day and this is due to the many water holes drying up that the elephants rely on. We might see more wild elephants as it gets drier, or they might move on to greener areas until the next dry season. 

Kithaka playing with baby Yoyo

Pare begging from Mulika

Tusuja playing with baby Wiva

Wild born babies Mwende and Yoyo

Kamok warning Kama


When one of the elephants is naughty, and we have had a few who are just inherently mischievous over the years, like Wendi, Kithaka and Kamok, they are not necessarily naughty for only one reason or at any one time. For example we have the naughty resident Esampu at the moment. Today the naughty girl gave way to Ambo as they both returned home to the stockades at 5pm. At least this is what we thought! She stopped to let him pass but then all of a sudden she pushed him and he stumbled to the side. Some of the visiting foster parents had to stand back to avoid Ambo who was staggering to stay upright! Her antics did not end there. The cheeky girl went into her stockade for her milk and after her gate was closed she reached through the bars to try and steal some of Sana Sanaís milk which was still hanging in the bucket as well! She managed to spill some of it whilst the keepers were busy feeding the other orphans and could not reach her to prevent her from taking Sana Sanaís milk. Would you believe her bad behaviour did not even end there though. She successfully managed to steal some of Sana Sanaís browse, the green branches in the orphans rooms, by pulling it through the bars separating their stockades. A mini-fight ensued as each girl sought to defend her own branches and stop the other from being able to steal them! 

Naughty girl Esampu

Ambo browsing

Sana Sana with Mapia

Esampu browsing and thinking naughty things!


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


The orphans were joined for lucerne by Olareís group and two wild elephants in the morning. Half an hour later, the senior Ex Orphans under the leadership of Yatta reported to the stockade compound, bringing an end to the free wandering of the dependent orphans as the Ex Orphans took over the area. The orphans decided to give their seniors respect by leaving for browsing. The morning was quiet as the orphans concentrated only on browsing. Olsekki settled to browse with Oltaiyoni as Karisa opted to feed on his own.

It wasnít very cloudy when the orphans went to the mud bath so they all, except for Dupotto, decided to enjoy a mud bath. Two bulls reported for water and were briefly joined by Barsilinga and Olsekki. When they went to dust themselves dry on the loose soil, Olsekki made the mistake of lying face-down in the dust and he ended up getting stuck in that position. He struggled to get to his feet and he yelled for assistance. Kithaka, who had been left behind soil dusting with him, didn't bother to assist his adopted brother but instead walked away! Finally, Olsekki managed to rotate his body round to a suitable position in which he was able to get back to his feet again. In the evening, the senior Ex Orphans in the company of six wild elephants reported for water at the stockade water troughs. This is a clear indication that the area is drying up a lot.

Orphans feeding on lucerne

Olsekki and Oltaiyoni feeding

Olsekki rolling in style




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