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The orphans left the stockades immediately after having their six o'clock milk and went to eat lucerne. They were later joined by Buchuma, Melia, Tumaren, Olare and a wild herd consisting of six members. As soon as the orphans were done, Shukuru led the way out to the Park. Olsekki and Boromoko started their activities by engaging in strength testing exercise. Later Garzi played with Barsilinga as Lemoyian settled to browse with Shukuru. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by sixteen wild bulls and Olare’s group. Olare herself was missing from the group together with Melia and Tumaren. The group was now under the command of the wild orphan. Shortly later, Olare, Melia and Tumaren emerged from the eastern side of the mud bath. There was trumpeting and ululation as the group welcomed back the three girls that had abandoned the group for two days. It was a happy reunion as the complete group now participated in wallowing. After mud bathing, Barsilinga played with Chemi Chemi while Lemoyian played with Tusuja. The entire herd participated in soil dusting and thereafter parted ways. In the afternoon, the orphans were joined by Mutara and her group. Wanjala had a brief chat with Mutara before settling to browse with her and later in evening, her group escorted the junior orphans back to the stockade. Half Trunk led a group of fifteen wild bulls who came for water at the stockade late in the evening.  

Tumaren, Melia and Olare

Buchuma in the lucerne field

Melia, Olare and Tumaren

Naseku soil dusting

Wanjala chats with Mutara


Eight wild elephants were drinking water at the stockade water troughs when the juniors were let out. After the orphans settled at the stockade compound, a wild mum with her four year old calf joined the juniors to feed on lucerne. Olare, Melia and Tumaren, who are eight and nine years old now, were in the company of the wild elephants and appear to have abandoned their group. Only time will tell if they have permanently abandoned them or if it is just a temporary thing! Shortly later, Galana and her small group consisting of Galana, Gawa, Loijuk, Lualeni and a junior wild elephant checked in and joined the dependent orphans to feed on lucerne.

Olsekki and Boromoko had a brief conversation while entwining their trunks and after Olsekki moved to play with Sokotei. Garzi played with Kithaka as Lemoyian tackled Boromoko. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by Madiba, Tumaren, Melia and Olare. Soon after mud bathing, Shukuru led the group to soil dust before heading out to browse. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse along the upper Kalovoto seasonal River and in the evening they returned back to the stockade safely for the night.

Galana and her herd

Olsekki and Boromoko messing around

Ex Orphan Zurura

Ex Orphan Ololoo


Eight wild elephants were drinking water at the stockade water troughs when the orphans were let out. In the company of the wild elephants were Lualeni, Tomboi, Madiba, Buchuma, Olare’s group and Narok’s group. The Ex Orphans settled for lucerne with juniors and after the juniors left to go and browse in the Park. Garzi was left behind, having a good time with the Ex Orphans, especially Kibo, and they enjoyed a pushing game together. He later followed his friends out to the Park. Lemoyian and Sokotei engaged each other in a strength testing exercise while Boromoko played with Tusuja. Ukame settled to browse with Oltaiyoni as Galla teamed up with Wanjala.

At mud bath, the weather was cloudy and none of the orphans wanted to mud bath again. Olsekki picked up a branch left behind by wild elephants and kept himself busy by peeling its bark off while Kamok, though it was cloudy, relaxed under her usual tree. Naseku was in an excitable mood and trumpeted as she ran into bushes, charging and knocking anything in sight. In the afternoon, Tusuja and Lemoyian had a light strength testing game that ended when Kithaka passed by and intervened by tackling Lemoyian. Dupotto settled to browse with Sokotei while Wanjala settled to browse with Karisa. In the evening Olsekki tried to engage Boromoko in a pushing game but Boromoko declined due to fear of losing the game to Olsekki.

Lenana plays with Vuria

Naseku in a charging mood

Orphans relaxing in the shade

Boromoko playing around with Olsekki


Only three wild bulls showed up for water in the morning at the stockade water troughs. The orphans settled briefly for lucerne before being led away by Shukuru. They settled to browse in Kanziku where Lemoyian and Sokotei had a lengthy strength testing exercise that finally ended in a draw. The rest of team concentrated on browsing until ten thirty in morning when Ex Orphan bull Tomboi joined them and then escorted the juniors to the mud bath.

At mud bath time there was drama when Lemoyian finished his milk and then turned on Olsekki to snatch more than his share from Olsekki's mouth. The keepers responded and Lemoyian left unhappy and seemed to wait for Olsekki a distance away from the keepers to take his revenge. Olsekki was clever though and after finishing his milk he used a different route to the water trough, thus avoiding Lemoyian and whatever he had planned. The weather was slightly cloudier today and none of the orphans wanted to go into the water hole. Only Tomboi and two wild bulls decided to go for a swim. Roi picked a leftover branch that was probably dropped by a wild elephant and continued to peel its bark as the rest of the team concentrated on drinking water. In the afternoon the orphans settled to browse in between Ithumba Hill and Imenti area and on the way back to the stockade, Shukuru led her friends to cool off since the weather had changed since the morning and it was now really hot. In the evening, Galana, Gawa, Loijuk, Lenana and a wild female showed up at the stockade and left shortly after dark when they had drunk enough water.

Sokotei playing with Lemoyian

Boromoko playing with Olsekki, wild bulls behind

Roi enjoying a leftover branch

Shukuru leading


Nasalot and her two new found friends Bongo and Teleki were at the stockade compound early in the morning. The three joined the juniors for lucerne soon after they were let out. Boromoko pushed Dupotto when she tried to get some lucerne that he had his eye on. Dupotto wasn't happy about it, but since there was nothing she could do, she accepted it and moved on. Olsekki and Oltaiyoni led their friends to drink some water when they were through with the lucerne and then they headed to Kone area where they settled to browse.

At mud bath time, the sun was really hot and instead of Kamok going into the water to wallow, she opted to relax under a tree as Enkikwe and Olsekki kept themselves busy under a different tree whilst engaged in a pushing game. Shukuru, Naseku, Sokotei, Siangiki, Lemoyian, Boromoko, Wanjala and Sirimon loved wallowing in the cool water and after headed for soil dusting. Garzi played with Kithaka as Olsekki tackled Boromoko before returning back to the browsing field. The orphans settled to browse on the western side of Ithumba Hill and after they browsed calmly for the rest of the day.

Boromoko pushing Dupotto

Olsekki and Oltaiyoni drinking water

Kamok relaxing under her tree

Orphans going to soil dust




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