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For several days now, the weather has been chilly in the morning hours. This is unusual as the month of February is considered a very hot month where the sun shines from morning to evening. Sunyei, Siku, Naserian, Lenana, Chyulu, Narok’s group and Olare’s group joined the juniors soon when they were let out. Baby Siku had fun with Siangiki, Laragai and Maramoja but when she came to play Kauro, things changed. Kauro doesn't entertain the games of these babies and pushed little Siku away as he wanted to be left alone to eat enough lucerne since he doesn't have the fingers at the end of his trunk after they were mauled by a predator before his rescue. This makes him work extra hard to eat as much as his friends! Tusuja and Galla, who for several days now have been trying to establish who amongst themselves is the dominant boy, had a pushing game for some time before Orwa intervened by separating the two. After lucerne feeding time was over, Kamok took her dependent group to Kone area while Laragai and her group joined the Ex Orphans. Ukame also tried to run away with them but after a second thought, decided to go back to the dependent orphan group. Ukame felt that by escaping, it will mean going without her share of milk and to her this was unacceptable and she couldn't imagine going without it. Galla took time off from feeding to scratch his buttocks against a rock while Roi and Oltaiyoni held a private meeting a distance away from rest of the group. Oltaiyoni and Roi came down to Ithumba in the company of Kamok in December of 2016 and they consider themselves as grown up girls. Later at mud bath time, Dupotto led the first group as Maramoja led the second group. The weather was still chilly and the orphans only had water after having their milk and shortly afterwards left for browsing.  

Naserian, baby Siku and Sunyei

Galla playing with Tusuja

Namalok having his milk

Kamok leading


The sky was partly covered by clouds but there was an indication that the day a head would be a hot one. Rapa who has had stomach problems over the last few days is slowly recovering, and drank all his milk. Maramoja was the first one to leave the stockade, followed by Pare. Rapa was the last one to leave since he didn't want to compete with his healthy friends as he knew that if he did, Maramoja, who bullies him from time to time would take advantage of him not feeling very well. The orphans were joined by Yatta and her group outside the stockade. The herd shared lucerne together and thereafter parted ways. The playful Kama tried to play with Kauro but Kauro didn't feel like entertaining the rascal and slapped her away with his trunk. Kama wondered how such a big boy could slap a baby like her away instead of showing her any love. But what Kama forgot was that boys will always be boys and they don't have the same maternal instincts, and she should be more careful when around the young bulls.

Laragai and her group left with Yatta’s group as Ukame led the juniors to Kone area where the orphans settled to browse. At mud bath time, Ukame led the orphans to mud bath and then to soil dust. Ukame, who is very active, looks like she might be the next group leader as Laragai and Siangiki are less dependent on their human family these days. In the absence of Boromoko and Lemoyian at mud bath, Galla and Tusuja appeared to be slowly inheriting their shoes as far as riding on their friends is concerned. Tusuja enjoyed riding on Maramoja as they waded through the water. In the afternoon, Galla and Tusuja engaged in a strength testing exercise in an effort to try and establish who would inherit the dominance role among the group, but their game ended in a draw.

Mulika and her baby Mwende

Chaimu, baby Kama and Kinna

Tusuja climbing on his friends

Galla playing with Tusuja


A young wild bull in the company of two other wild elephants showed up at the stockade compound early before the orphans were let out. Soon after the juniors came out, the young bull joined the orphans to feed on lucerne, leaving his friends very confused as to why he would decide to join other elephants the same size but being herded by humans! The other two kept their distance but shortly later one of them appeared to embrace the spirit of sharing, and walked to the water trough to join Laragai, Maramoja and Rapa who were drinking water. Sapalan started walking towards the bulls leaving the keepers wondering what was going in between Sapalan and the wild ones. Sapalan appears to understand the elephant language the best, and kept approaching the bulls as they turned to move out; Sapalan followed them slowly. The keepers were devotedly watching this unfold, and they suddenly thought if they didn’t intervene then Sapalan would walk off with his new wild friends. The keepers took Sapalan and headed to the Kone area where the orphans settled to browse.

Galla, who is trying to establish himself as the kingpin amongst the milk dependent group, tried to challenge Naseku. Naseku opted to play a clever game by climbing up higher than where Galla was standing so he couldn’t reach her. This made Galla call off the strength testing exercise due to the fact that however much he tried, being on the lower end wouldn't earn him any points. At mud bath time, the orphans had spectacular wallowing with the exception of Dupotto, who skipped the exercise and instead opted for a soil dusting exercise. In the evening ten wild bulls reported for water at the stockade water troughs.

Wild bull drinking with Laragai

Galla playing with Naseku

Orphans soil dusting

Evening wallow


Garzi, who left the life of a dependent orphans a few weeks ago, has now joined Narok’s group of Orwa, Bomani and Vuria. Bongo and Teleki who left with Narok and her friends at the same time, enjoy being in the company of the senior Ex Orphans these days. Narok and her team welcomed the juniors out from the stockade in the morning. Usually it is Laragai and her group that welcome the juniors in the morning. They always leave in the evening and return early the next morning but today they were not around yet. Two wild bulls reported for water. Maramoja, Pare and Dupotto went down to join one of the bulls to drink. As they shared water, one could see the thoughts going through their minds, as if they were wondering when it will get to a time when they will reach such a huge size! Pare shook his head as he returned back to his friends, wondering how long it will take to be a fully grown up elephant. Pare hoped the sooner the better! Shortly later, several Ex Orphans reported to the stockade and noticeable were the babies Kama, Yoyo, Nusu and Wiva. The flamboyant Kama tried to challenge Roi. Roi opted to tolerate the games since Kama's mum was close by and she didn't want to do anything which could invite the wrath of Kinna. Kama was upset because Roi didn't respond fully to her game. She later moved to try her luck on the quiet Kauro. Kauro didn't even try to do anything to Kama but continued with his business of feeding. The weather was chilly and gloomy and the orphans behaved like the weather. At mud bath time, only the hot tempered Ukame decided to wallow, the rest enjoyed a soil bath and nonchalantly threw soil on their backs. In the evening on the way back to stockades, the juniors were joined by Laragai and her rebel group who think they are all grown-ups, and can take care of themselves without the keepers anymore!  

Wild bull with Pare, Maramoja and Dupotto

Garzi and Orwa carrying their own lucerne

Little Kama challenging Roi

Narok eating lucerne


Due to the current dry condition, the Ex Orphans are reporting on an almost daily basis. The number of wild elephants accompanying the Ex Orphans and those coming separately is also slowly on the rise. The dry season seems as if it is coming too soon compared to previous years, as it normally starts around February. Kauro started his day's activities by scratching on the nearby rocks as his friends began eating the lucerne the keepers were putting out for them. The juniors were then joined by some of the Ex Orphans and they didn’t stay long as the Ex Orphans took up so much space, and the dependent orphans were left with no choice but to try their luck in the bush.

The gentle Boromoko had a brief chat with Roi and we wondered if they were discussing how fast it is drying up in the area. For Roi life would be normal as being milk dependent, she would be getting her milk and in the evening she would be getting greens and lucerne pellets in the stockade as well, so she felt that everything would be fine for her. Boromoko is off milk and with the help of Laragai who opens the gate at night, he was at the stage where he was deciding if he should be independent or not, and now with the dry conditions he might decide to stay in the stockade area a little longer. Only time will tell what will happen as Garzi has already bid goodbye to stockade life and now has teamed up with his former friends Vuria and Narok. After taking their midday milk the orphans, led by Maramoja, jumped into the mud bath, where they enjoyed a cool-off exercise before heading for soil dusting. Naseku gave an outstanding performance in soil dusting as whilst her friends were just using their trunks to dust themselves, she climbed to the top of the pile of soil and started rolling down the side. Once she was through, Naseku stood up and picked up a stick that she used to scratch her chest again, showing off the intelligence of elephants and that they are capable of doing things that humans can do.

Kauro scratching in the morning

Ex Orphans reporting with their babies

Roi chats with Boromoko

Rapsu in the stockades

Nasalot with her fat little baby Nusu




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