Search By Keyword:

Print this Page - Sheldrick Wildlife TrustThe Orphan / Keyword you have Selected to view is MTETO
(Print this Page)

Total Daily Entries found: 124
Entries below from Page #2 of 25 : From  6 - 10 
(To search the Summary for an overview of the nursery orphans from each month click here)




Olareís group joined the dependent orphans for lucerne in the morning. After feeding on lucerne, the orphans parted ways with Olareís group. At the browsing field, the now vibrant Karisa, who at one time disappeared for almost three months with Dupotto and Kelelari, challenged Galla to a pushing game. This is the same Karisa who used to be very shy, especially when he returned from his brief stint away. These days, he is trying to challenge his fellow boys to know his position in the group. Ukame took Mundusi and Mteto aside and demonstrated to them the best way to uproot grass and roots by kicking it with ones feet. Roi settled on a nearby rock for a scratching session.

At mud bath time, the sun was really hot. It was so hot even Kauro who hardly ever goes into the water was actually the first one in! For the first time this year, Kauro completely submerged himself in the water. Tusuja rode on Mteto in the water while Galla rode on Roi. Esampu, who is very clever, tried to avoid the boys so that they wouldnít be able to climb on her. Kauro, Olsekki, Tusuja, Esampu and Dupotto emerged as the stars of the day in both the mud bathing and soil dusting exercises. In the evening, Mutara and her group showed up at the stockade after disappearing for close to four days. The lions appear to have done an irreparable damage to Turkwel's tail, which has got worse since she broke out of the stockades. The infection has spread and it seems broken inside. From the look of it, Turkwel might have to lose the tail and become the fourth in Ithumba to have no tail. The first was Kilaguni, second is Kanjoro and third is Kelelari who joined a wild herd one year ago.

Galla playing with Karisa

Mundusi, Ukame and Mtito

Kauro by the mudbath


Olareís group in the company of two junior wild elephants were present outside the stockade when the orphans were let out. Murka lay down to attract the young babies to come and play on her, but they didnít want to. Nine year old Kibo however saw a good opportunity to come and climb on her back! Rapa, Galla and Karisa walked down to the water trough to join a fifteen year old wild bull. The three dependent orphans stood there obviously admiring the boy, wishing they were his size to be able to defend themselves from their older friends. It wasn't clear what advice the teenager gave to the boys but we are sure he communicated something to them. Half an hour later, Olare escorted the juniors out to browse where Naisula played with Tumaren and Chemi Chemi tackled Kitirua. Enkikwe settled to browse with his friends Olsekki and Siangiki who are so good at taking care of him. Siangiki developed an itchy ear and used a nearby tree to scratch it. An hour later, Wanjala had the same problem and instead of scratching against a tree, he broke a piece of branch and used that to scratch with.

At mud bath, Sapalan used the smaller mud bath unlike the rest of his friends who walked to use the large one. As Sapalan was busy splashing water behind his ears, a warthog emerged from the bush and joined him to mud bath. At first, Sapalan wasn't sure how to react, but opened his ears out just in case as a warning to the warthog. This didnít seem to faze the pig however, who carried on with its bathing. Sapalan had no option other than to let the warthog carry on since he certainly didnít feel like chasing it, he is a very slow boy. Mundusi, who has watched and learnt how to climb on his age-mates from the older graduate orphans, decided to climb on Mteto in the water. Galla rode on Roi while Tusuja rode on Maramoja. All the naughty orphans take great delight on doing this in the water when it is a) easier to climb on their friends and b) when their friends canít retaliate! Later Tusuja engaged Olsekki in a strength testing exercise that went on for quite some time.

Kibo riding on Murka

Siangiki scratching

Wanjala scratching his ear


Nasalot and her small group consisting of baby Nusu, Galana, baby Gawa, Loijuk, Bongo, Teleki, Kilabasi, Makireti, Lenana and Meibai joined the juniors for lucerne in the morning. After lucerne time, Maramoja rumbled as she made her way to the browsing field. The rest of the herd followed her. Nasalotís group browsed with juniors the entire morning. For a while now, Yatta and the rest of the senior graduate orphans haven't shown up at stockade and we hope wherever they are they have enough water.

At mud bath and midday milk feeding, the orphans were joined by a junior wild bull who shared water with them and later left with Nasalotís group. Mundusi, Mteto and Esampu had a spectacular wallowing session. Mundusi specifically enjoyed sitting in the water and splashing around with his trunk, a game he enjoyed for some time. In the evening, Sapalan again hid and dodged the Keepers. The rest of the group returned back to the stockade without him but the Keepers soon realized and half of them went back to look for him. Half an hour later, Sapalan emerged from the eastern side of stockade in a slow measured walk like someone who knew exactly where he was going. The Keepers were still looking for him in the bush and were informed over the radio that Sapalan had arrived on his own. He likes to do everything in his own time!

Nusu and Bongo

Mundusi playing in the mudbath

Suguta with a wild bull


Nasalot and her small group reported early before dawn and relaxed outside the stockade waiting for the juniors to come out. As soon as the orphans were let out, Nasalot and her group joined them to feed on lucerne. A while later, a lone buffalo checked in for water. Kithaka, Barsilinga and Olsekki walked towards the buffalo with their ears wide open as they tried to scare it away. The buffalo stood its ground however and drank water until it was satisfied, before leaving the same way it had come. Nasalot led the entire herd out to browse, where they were joined by Mutaraís group. Mundusi had fun with baby Nusu as they chased each other around, while Mteto briefly played Gawa.

The sun was really getting hot and Esampu took a break from feeding to relax under a tree for some time before resuming browsing. At mud bath time, the temperature was so hot all of the orphans decided to go wallowing, without the encouragement of the Keepers. Only Kauro, who is well known for boycotting any swimming session, escaped and went for a soil dusting exercise instead. We are sure that he is so adverse to water because he was a well-victim and will always dislike the water. In the afternoon, the sun was still hot and the orphans converged under a tree that had a good shade while continuously flapping their ears in order to cool down. They only resumed browsing later on when the temperature dropped to a favourable level. In the evening, twenty wild bulls reported for water at the stockade water troughs and left at their pleasure when they felt that they had drunk enough.

Olsekki & Barsilinga walking towards the buffalo

Chaimu charging

Teleki leading


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. Mutaraís 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




Page Navigation:      | Previous Page |      | Next Page |    

Search By Keyword:

View Keeper's Diary By Month

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust   P.O. Box 15555 Nairobi Kenya

Copyright © 1999-2018, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. All Rights Reserved. | Privacy Policy