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Nasalot, who appears to be forming her group consisting her own baby Nusu, Galana and her baby Gawa, Loijuk, Lenana, Bongo and Teleki, reported early in the morning at the stockade compound. We have seen this group together for quite a while and it seems for the moment that they have a bond. Kithaka briefly engaged baby Gawa in a light pushing game as Wanjala was charging around at goodness knows what. Tusuja took advantage of Mteto while wallowing and tried to climb on her. Mutara’s herd and the orphans settled in the upper Kalovoto area where they were joined by Turkwel, Bomani, Narok Vuria and Orwa. There was much trumpeting and excitement as the group embraced and welcomed these other graduate orphans. Calm was then resorted and everyone resumed browsing again.  

Kithaka playing with Gawa

Turkwel and Suguta

Tusuja riding on Mteto


Early in the morning, the stockade compound was deserted with not a single elephant in sight. This got everyone worried since we expected to find Sapalan outside the stockade with the graduate orphans who had made away with him the previous day. Once the gates were opened to let the juniors out, the Keepers planned which direction they would go in search of the missing Sapalan. As the orphans settled for lucerne, Laragai appeared to realize that someone was missing from the group. She walked down to the water trough with her trunk up in the air and later headed south east of the stockade, closely followed by Kithaka. The other orphans headed west. The Keepers decided to follow the direction taken by Laragai and to their relief, met with Sapalan five hundred metres from the stockade as he was coming back to the compound. Laragai, who found him, decided to escort him back for the Keepers. The Keepers then took him to join his dependent friends. Sapalan is very independent and just rejoined his friends with no fanfare. The other orphans continued to browse with only Galla and Tusuja raising their trunks up to wave and welcome him back after spending the night out. Sapalan didn't respond to their wave but just continued to browse as if he had spent the night inside with the others!

At mud bath time, the sky was clear with nice sunshine and this prompted the orphans to have a spectacular wallowing session that was followed by a soil dusting exercise. The orphans were briefly joined by Mutara’s group and a wild bull and later they parted ways. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse on the western side of the Ithumba Hill. In the evening a wild bull in the company of Mutara’s group showed up at the stockade and left after they had drunk enough water.

Sapalan and Galla

Mutara and a wild bull

Kasigau and Kanjoro wallowing


The independent Sapalan who weaned himself off from milk the moment he arrived at Ithumba, left the stockade with a branch in his mouth that he continued to enjoy feeding on as he waited for lucerne supplements. Karisa walked to the nearby rocks and kept himself busy by scratching his buttocks while Galla conversed with Naseku. Shortly later, Laragai rumbled, signaling her team of rebels that it was time to hit the road and go and browse while looking for their other graduate orphan friends. Kithaka followed immediately and the rest followed suit.

It was a quiet morning in the bush as the orphans settled to browse in Kanziku area. Esampu teamed up with Maramoja as she tried to learn some survival tactics. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by all the senior graduate orphans including Yatta, baby Yoyo, Yetu, Kinna, baby Kama, Wendi, baby Wiva, Mulika, Mwende, Naserian, Bongo, Teleki, Zurura, Chyulu, Makena, Sunyei, baby Siku, Nasalot, baby Nusu, Sidai, Narok, Vuria, Ololoo, Lualeni, Kilabasi and Olare’s group and four wild bulls. The atmosphere was tense as the wild elephant’s, Yatta, Kinna, Mulika, Sidai and Chyulu were grumpy and everyone kept away from them. It appears that something had affected them or they had an encounter with a bad experience as they had been missing for some time. Yoyo and Wiva had torn ears that have healed while Narok had lost her right tusk. The commotion was so much at mud bath that the dependent orphans called it quits early, before they could fully enjoy the mud bath. Baby Yoyo was also grumpy as he tried to attack Tusuja who responded by knocking him to the ground and thereafter left immediately fearing the consequences he might face if caught by Yoyo's nannies, and more, his mother Yatta! Makena, who appears to be the main nanny in charge, came running and picked Yoyo up and walked away as Siku followed them. Makena relaxed with Yoyo and Siku under a tree for some time before leading them to their respective mothers so as to nurse. Despite the atmosphere being tense, Olare and Chyulu didn't forget to check on Enkikwe's progress. The orphans headed to Kone for the afternoon and the graduate orphans walked away. Narok decided to stick with the dependent babies as she had been away for so long and she had missed them. Despite losing her tusk, Narok didn't let that become a hindrance and she seemed to be fine.

Naseku and Galla

Laragai and Kithaka

Yoyo and Yatta


The sky was clear in the morning and this was an indication of a hot day a head. The senior ex-orphans Galana, Nasalot, Lualeni, Loijuk and a hot-tempered wild female elephant in the company of Olare, Chaimu and Makireti’s groups showed up early in the morning before the orphans were let out. As soon as the orphans were let out, the ex-orphans joined them to feed on lucerne. Baby Nusu and baby Gawa had great fun as they enjoyed playing with Esampu, Mundusi and Mteto who are only slightly older than them. Mundusi, Mteto and Esampu who have completely settled in appeared to enjoy every moment they shared with the wild born babies Nusu and Gawa. An hour later, the ex-orphans parted ways with the juniors. The rebels, Kithaka, Laragai, Barsilinga, Garzi, Lemoyian and Sirimon left with the ex-orphans while the dependent orphans headed to Kone area where they settled to browse. Karisa and Oltaiyoni took a break from feeding to participate in a game of scratching against the nearby trees, while Mundusi, Mteto and Esampu had a light game of soil dusting.

Shortly before eleven o'clock in the morning, the temperature rose high, prompting Esampu, Naseku, Karisa and Sapalan to seek shelter under a tree as they looked forward to a nice cooling swim at mud bath time. At eleven o'clock in the morning, the orphans met with the ex-orphans at mud bath and enjoyed wallowing followed by a soil dusting exercise. Later on, the groups again parted ways only to meet again at the stockade in the evening. The dry season is now fast approaching, water holes are drying up and we are sure the ex-orphans will be around now until the next rainy season. We are sure that soon those ex-orphans we have not seen for a while and wild elephants will start to turn up soon for water.

Chemi Chemi and Orwa

Naseku relaxing

Mteto soil dusting


It was colder again today as some clouds had rolled over and there was a slight breeze. The dependent orphans walked down to feed on lucerne and found Orwa, Bomani and Bongo already there waiting for them. Kauro was feeling itchy and scratched on the wall while eating at the same time. Bomani also did the same on the wall while Kithaka was restless and wanted to go out to the bush to browse. Lemoyian was also very active and running all over the place with his ears held out wide.

Out in the bush the orphans were all busy browsing. Olare’s herd with Melia, Tumaren, Murka, Kitirua, Naisula, Kilaguni, Kibo, Kandecha and Chaimu joined them and they started browsing together. Kibo and Kilaguni started play fighting and being playful.

The orphans came in groups of 3 to have their milk at noon and after they walked in their groups with a keeper to the mud bath. Olare and the other ex-orphans followed them to the mud bath. A young wild female was among them. Tumaren started climbing on Olsekki while they were swimming. After swimming some went to the dust bath and others went straight back out to browse. It became very hot though and the orphans were struggling to browse and find shade at the same time. Ukame browsed right up until it was time to go home. They walked in a line all the way back to the stockades for their milk in the evening. Enkikwe had managed to stay with them for the whole day which was so nice for him.

In the stockades today we had one wild bull who came to visit. He drank water and left. We also had Olare and Mutara’s herds. They came running in very thirsty and had some water from the water troughs, and then they started playing around, obviously relieved and more at ease since they had a drink. Kibo was play-mounting on a wild female who was with them. Kibo also started play fighting with Tumaren and they were communicating with each other in deep rumbling tones. Kainuk over on the other side was playing with Bongo and finally Naisula was play fighting with Suguta.

Bomani scratching his neck and trunk

Kithaka heading to the bush

Kauro scratches his neck while feeding on Lucerne




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