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Laragai and her group originally consisted of Garzi, Kithaka, Barsilinga, Lemoyian, but now Siangiki, Enkikwe, Olsekki, Sokotei, Sirimon and Boromoko have also become independent and have joined this group out in the wild as well. When the new arrivals came from Nairobi they were very badly behaved towards them and since they were off milk as well, the keepers saw this as a sign that they were ready to stay out at night. Most of the time they spend the night just outside the compound, or close by, and come back in the morning to share lucerne with those still dependent. They were relaxing outside the stockade this morning with Tomboi when the juniors were let out. Galla and Roi left with branches in their mouths, which they continued to enjoy on their way out to browse. Tusuja developed an itchy neck and decided to use a nearby tree to scratch it.

Later Pare settled to browse with Maramoja as Karisa teamed up with Namalok. Sapalan, who still totally refuses to take his milk, browsed a short distance away from his friends. At mud bath, Karisa led Wanjala and Dupotto in the first group while Ukame led the second group consisting of Galla and Oltaiyoni. Maramoja led the third group of Namalok and Kauro. Rapa led Pare and Kamok; the orphans have to come in groups as they all get two bottles and the keepers cannot feed them all at once! After having their milk, the orphans headed to drink some water from the trough and to enjoy a short wallowing session, before going to dust themselves dry as usual. In the process, Galla picked up a piece of stick that he used to scratch what appeared to be an itchy chest. When he was done, he dropped the stick and joined in the procession of those heading back out to browse. In the afternoon, the sun was still hot as Pare joined Maramoja to feed while constantly flapping his ears to keep cool. Roi had a private soil dusting session before heading to relax under a tree that had good shade. In the afternoon the sun was still hot and the orphans passed by the mud bath to wallow and cool down. Shortly before six in evening, the senior Ex Orphans in the company of five wild elephants reported for water and left later after having enough. They left with Laragai and her group since Laragai had opened the gate to let her friends out again. She is clearly very eager for she and her friends to soon join their friends in the wild.

Tomboi at the stockade compound

Maramoja browsing with Pare

Karisa, Wanjala and Dupotto

Kinna, Kama and two wild bulls

Sunyei, baby Siku and some wild bulls


Soon after leaving the stockades this morning, the orphans headed for water before being led away to the browsing field by Laragai. Laragai is such a clever girl and is showing her friends and the keepers that she and others like Kithaka and Barsilinga are ready to live a life in the wild. Even though they come into the stockade at night, every night just after 7pm Laragai opens their stockade gate by pulling the bar across and pushing it open! Oltaiyoni relaxed her trunk on her Nursery friend Kamok's back for sometime before the duo followed their friends.

Kithaka developed an itchy foot and spent some time scratching it on a bent tree. Enkikwe teamed up with his friend Siangiki to feed which we watched them doing for some time. These two have been friends since the Nursery but it is only since they came to Ithumba that their friendship has really blossomed - they like to browse together a lot and can often be seen by each others side. We wondered how this friendship would develop as they grow and mature and what the future had in store for them, these two little Nursery friends. Galla and Tusuja decided that work without play made Jack a dull boy and so took a break from feeding to participate in a strength testing exercise. Their game ended when Tusuja surrendered and Galla walked to a nearby rock to celebrate his victory by scratching on it and relieving himself of some pesky insects at the same time. Kauro settled to browse with Nursery-friend Kamok and at eleven o'clock in the morning, Maramoja led the first group to the mud bath. The orphans decided to go into the water hole today and Boromoko enjoyed riding on Nasekuís back, just because she could do nothing about it whilst in the water as well! Shortly after mud bath, the orphans headed west of the Ithumba Hill where they settled to browse. Naseku and Namalok decided to dust themselves in soil and have a relaxing afternoon messing around.

Kithaka scratching his foot

Enkikwe and his friend Siangiki

Tusuja playing with Galla

Galla having a good scratch


Kauro started his day's activities by running out of the stockade at top speed and scratching on the nearby loading-wall soon after the orphans left the stockade in the morning. Rapa and Galla entwined their trunks in morning greetings as Ex Orphan Ololoo emerged from the bush in the dim morning light as if an apparition, and joined the orphans for the morning lucerne feeding. The keepers threw bales of lucerne from out of the store and spread them around for the orphans eagerly awaiting their breakfast.

As they started to move out into the bush to begin their day, Tusuja settled to browse with Kauro as Namalok, Karisa and Sapalan moved to feed far away from their friends. They collected up little bales to themselves and carried them off with their trunks to eat in peace to the side. Normally it is Kithaka that likes to do this and they seemed to have copied his good idea! When it was time to go for their midday milk feed and mud bath, Sapalan, Namalok and Karisa did not join their friends, which prompted a quick search to locate the three boys. Finally they were located more than six hundred metres away from their friends, browsing quite happily in the bush and unaware it was feeding time; Sapalan did not mind anyway as he has decided to wean himself off the milk formula. The three boys then were led back to join their friends. The weather was cloudy and therefore the orphans skipped the wallowing exercise, choosing instead to have some water out of the freshly-filled water trough before walking to the pile of lose dusting before wandering back out to the bush again. In the afternoon, the cloud cleared giving way to sun shine and in the afternoon, the orphans passed by the mud bath on the way back to the stockades for an evening cool-off.  

Kauro scratching

Naseku greeting Rapa

Wallowing in the late afternoon


Narok, Orwa, Bomani and Vuria spent the night outside the stockade. When the orphans were let out in the morning, Olareís group in the company of Galana, Gawa, Makena and Sidai joined them briefly before leaving. Gawa had the opportunity to interact with the orphans for some time before leaving with her mother. She started her game with Rapa and Maramoja before heading to play with Roi. Tusuja engaged Sidai in a pushing game but Sidai was too tall for him. Galla tackled Bomani but quit the game shortly later and moved to get some pushing lessons from Makena.

On the way to browse, Roi played with Boromoko while Oltaiyoni had her own game of rolling on the ground. The orphans were briefly joined by Mutaraís group and Tusuja seized the opportunity to challenge Sities. The no-nonsense Sities, who never entertains small boys, pushed Tusuja out of the way. Shortly later, the junior Ex Orphans left and we did not see them again today. Later Oltaiyoni, Pare and Rapa took a break from feeding to participate in a game of rolling on the ground while Sapalan dusted himself. After mud bath time, Garzi and Kithaka engaged each other in pushing game that ended in a draw.

Roi playing with baby Gawa

Tusuja challenging Sities

Pare, Rapa and Oltaiyoni playing

Garzi and Kithaka playing on the soil pile


Laragai, who had let her group out the previous evening, reported early in the morning at the stockade compound. She was accompanied by Kithaka, Lemoyian, Garzi, Barsilinga, Sokotei, Enkikwe, Siangiki and Olsekki. The group welcomed their friends for yet another day out in the bush. Shortly later, Kibo, Chemi Chemi, Kalama, Murka, Kandecha, Kitirua and Naisula showed up and joined the orphans. Led by Laragai, the group headed towards the Kalovoto area where they settled to browse. Sapalan settled to browse with Namalok while Wanjala settled to browse with Kauro. Pare, one of the racing team members, settled to feed with Siangiki. At mud bath time, the orphans were briefly joined by Ex Orphans Galana, baby Gawa, Zurura, Madiba and Chyulu. The orphans preferred to have a mud bath in a small water hole a distance away from the main one. Namalok enjoyed splashing water behind his ears as Madiba stood on guard. Ukame loved playing with baby Gawa and if it were not for the intervention by keepers, she might even have left with Galana and Gawa since the game was so enjoyable, and she didnít think to walk back to her friends. Sapalan teamed up with Chyulu and Madiba and just as we thought that Sapalan would be snatched by the duo, to our surprise Madiba and Chyulu escorted Sapalan back to join his younger friends.

In the afternoon, Kauro took a break from feeding to participate in a soil dusting exercise and on the way back to the stockade, the orphans passed by the mud bath to cool off again in the hot weather.

Kibo with a big pile of lucerne

Sapalan and Namelok

Pare and Siangiki

Madiba, Namelok and Zurura




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