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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


Olare and her group were relaxing outside the stockade when the orphans were let out. The orphans teamed up briefly with Olare before heading to the browsing field. Galla who has become more active and adventurous these days as far as pushing games are concerned, tried to challenge Kibo. This was quite a brave challenge for him against the much older boy, but he surrendered immediately when the going got tough! At least it was a chance to try and test himself against a much older and independent bull.

Later Galla decided to go for Naseku who is at least the same size as him. The duo enjoyed a light strength testing exercise but it didn't last for long as they wanted to continue browsing as it is drying out at the moment. Kamok settled to feed with Sokotei as the racing team led by Maramoja took a break from feeding to relax under a tree when the temperature started climbing. The group drew water from their stomachs and started splashing water behind their ears.

At mud bath all the orphans had fun as they rolled and splashed around in the water. Boromoko, as usual, enjoyed riding on his friends as they were still wallowing, something that Galla has started to copy as well! Later, the orphans went to dust themselves on the loose soil, which they love to do as it dries their bodies after a bath and gives them a good protective coat against the sun and insects as well. They then went for a second mud bath to test out the small new water hole which is being filled close to the big one, but is more in the shade. In the afternoon, Sapalan and Oltaiyoni soil dusted while Kamok took a break from feeding to scratch her buttocks on an anthill. In the evening, the temperature was still high, prompting the orphans to pass by the mud bath again to cool-off before they went home.

Naseku playing with Galla

Orphans relaxing in the shade

Sapalan dusting

Sapalan and Oltaiyoni


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 Naseku’s 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


Narok, Orwa, Bomani and Vuria spent the night outside the stockade. When the orphans were let out in the morning, Olare’s 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 Mutara’s 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


Soon after arriving out in the Park, Galla and Tusuja started their day’s activities by engaging in a pushing game that was disrupted by Boromoko in an effort to be involved as well. Tusuja and Galla declined and moved away from Boromoko and continued with their pushing game. The Ex Orphans briefly passed by the stockade compound and had a quick drink of water before proceeding west of the stockade. Kamok led Karisa and Dupotto in first group as they headed for the noon bottle feeds. Naseku led the second group while Oltaiyoni led the third as Maramoja led the forth group. After wallowing, where everyone participated, the orphans headed for soil dusting and after headed back to the browsing field. The orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area where they were joined by Orwa, Bomani and Vuria, but parted ways shortly before heading back to the stockade.  

Ex Orphans Sunyei and Ishanga

Nannies Lenana, Naserian, baby Siku and Makena

Kauro, Karisa and Dupotto

Kithaka soil dusting




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