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Sapalan, Roi and Karisa left the stockade with branches in their mouths and were careful not to lose them to their seniors who were waiting out in the compound. Yatta, Olare and Mutara;’s herds in the company of six wild bulls had come to join the orphans for lucerne. Little wild born baby Siku was limping and appears to have sprains in her left hind leg. Namalok greeted Siku and sympathized with her, perhaps wondering what caused her the injury. Baby Wiva was in fine spirits however, and threatened to push dependent orphan Roi by charging at her. Roi didn't like the little one disrespecting her, and decided to teach Wiva a lesson by pushing her away. Wiva left unhappy but there was nothing she could do other than walk towards Naseku for comfort.

Later, the orphans left to Kone area where Galla and Karisa enjoyed a lengthy wrestling match. At mud bath time, the weather was chilly and none of the orphans wanted to step even one foot into the waterhole. Instead they had their milk and then went to the water trough for some water, before going to the pile of soil to dust themselves. In the afternoon, Tusuja and Galla warmed themselves up by playing a pushing game. Laragai and her rebel group who left in the morning with Yatta’s herd reported back to the stockade early before five o'clock in the evening. They are fearful of the lions around and like to be in the compound at night, but they are being tempted back by the offer of some delicious milk as well as we want to shut them up for the night with the others.

Galla playing with Karisa

Siku and Ithumbah

Wiva playing with Roi


Yatta and her group reported early before dawn and relaxed just outside the stockade. At six o'clock in morning, during the milk feeding time, Esampu finished her bottles and ran to where Namalok's bucket was kept and stretched her trunk to try and get a sip. Namalok complained bitterly to Esampu but she didn’t listen and continued to sip at the milk using her trunk. The Keepers then intervened to avoid the scene getting out of hand. Rapa and Karisa left with branches in their mouths but these were taken from them by the senior graduate orphans in the compound. Tusuja exchanged morning greetings with Kilabasi while baby Yoyo settled to play with Galla. Sapalan parted ways with the herd and moved down where he settled to browse on a shrub, while a bird sat on top of the shrub watching him. Sapalan was later joined by Wanjala as Naseku settled to play with baby Wiva. After sharing lucerne, the orphans parted ways with the graduate orphans, taking wild born babies Yoyo and Wiva with them. The orphans settled to browse in Kone area and had a quiet morning until mud bath time, when Mteto led the first group for their milk bottles. Rapa led the second. Ukame led the third and Mundusi led the fourth group. The orphans were joined by Mutara and Olare’s graduate groups and had a mud bath together before parting ways. In the evening, the number of wild elephants coming for water increased from previous days. First, a wild herd consisting of sixteen wild elephants reported for water and an hour later they were followed by another herd consisting of twenty wild elephants. The herds left shortly after having enough water.  

Ex orphans and orphans all together

Ukame, Esampu and Maramoja



The orphans headed straight to the water troughs soon after the gates were opened. They joined Mutara’s group who had arrived shortly before six o'clock in the morning. The orphans enjoyed sharing water with the junior graduate orphans and after they walked together to feed on lucerne. Half an hour later, Yatta’s big graduate group of orphans showed up and joined in feasting on lucerne. Later on, the groups parted ways; the dependent orphans headed north-west while Yatta’s herd went east. It was a quiet morning with the orphans concentrating on browsing. At one time, the quiet Namalok tried to defend himself from being bullied by Galla but unfortunately he didn't have experience and so turned to run away as Galla attempted to climb on him.

At eleven o'clock in the morning, Mteto, Mundusi and Esampu, who have now been at Ithumba for over a month, led the way to the mud bath. The trio walked to the mud bath as if they have been here for years. After taking their milk, Esampu, Mundusi and Mteto walked to the water trough unaided and relaxed there waiting for their friends. It is good that the trio have mastered the routine and ways around Ithumba, and more have confidence in themselves. The orphans felt it was warm enough to have a mud bath and got in the water to wallow. They really enjoyed themselves with Esampu, Mteto Olsekki, Naseku and Roi putting on quite a show, which was followed by a soil dusting exercise. Later, Maramoja led the way back to the browsing field as the rest of the team filed in behind her in a single line. At around three o'clock in the afternoon, fourteen wild bulls reported at the stockade for water. The number of wild elephants reporting for water is now slowly going up and this is an indication of many waterholes drying up in the area.

Namalok playing with Galla

Mteto, Esampu and Mundusi coming to mudbath

Olsekki playing in the water


A lone bull was relaxing outside the stockade when the orphans were let out. Rapa and Galla walked down to the second water trough and faced the bull that was just few meters away from the water trough. The two boys had a brief conversation with the wild bull and at the end, invited the bull to the morning feeding party on the lucerne grass. The wild bull accepted the invitation and followed the boys at a distance, and finally reached where the rest of the herd had settled to eat lucerne. Shortly later Mutara’s group followed by seven wild bulls reported for water. After having enough water, Mutara led the way to the browsing field where Suguta settled to browse with Sirimon, Lemoyian and Olsekki. Tusuja challenged Kainuk in a pushing match but lost that game, while Galla battled with Kanjoro. Later Siangiki had a friendly game with Kainuk. On the way to the mud bath, the orphans were joined by Yatta’s graduate orphan group. At milk feeding time, Naseku finished her share and stood next to two other bottles of milk hoping to get more. Roi, who had been shown away due to her known habit of stealing extra milk whenever an opportunity arises, could not believe how Naseku just stood right next to milk and did not herself to more by grabbing a bottle and running away with it. We watched Roi watching Naseku and thought she might be thinking how she would steal a bottle and run off with it if she were the one there! Naseku has never learned such dirty tricks and ended up just walking away to join the graduate orphans, where she settled for a brief pushing game with baby Wiva. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area and in the evening, five huge bulls reported for water and left shortly after they had had enough. 



7 wild bulls having water


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




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