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It was wet and muddy everywhere this morning after we had some rain last night which makes it slippery everywhere. The orphans had their milk and came out of their stockades slowly as it was very slippery.

In the bush, Namalok started playing in the mud and rolling around. He’s not always playful but today he really was. He was digging at the ground with his tusks as he played. Wanjala joined him and they started competing. Tusuja and Rapa were the most playful elephants of the day however, as they were rolling in style and playing with their heads up, then their legs and trunks up and so forth. They were really showing off in different styles. Roi was playing on her own in mud as she scratched her hind legs in style. Dupotto, Ukame and Namalok started playing together again.

At the mud bath, the orphans had their milk bottles and walked straight back to the bush to browse as it was quite cloudy. Galla started scratching on a tree while Ukame was playing by digging at the ground with her tusks. Namalok later started scratching his bottom on a tree. It was wet and muddy everywhere and the orphans took care as they walked. We recorded 42mm of rain this evening and it is still drizzling.

Maramoja and Kauro drinking

Namalok playing in the mud Wanjala behind

Tusuja and Rapa playing


Soon after leaving the stockade, Pare and Enkikwe started their day’s activities by scratching on some nearby rocks. Shortly later, the street-wise boy Karisa led the way to the browsing field. Enkikwe decided to see them off by following them two hundred meters away from the stockade. With his keeper he then bid the rest of the herd a good day, as they prepared for their normal routine of wondering across the browsing field. The temperature was moderate and the orphans had a quiet day. Sapalan, the independent boy, took a break from feeding to participate in a soil dusting exercise. His game attracted Rapa, Wanjala, Galla and Naseku and this prompted Sapalan to quit bathing since he doesn't like to be crowded and prefers to do things on his own. At mud bath time, the orphans had their milk and immediately after that they went back to browsing without wallowing. The rest of the afternoon was quiet as the orphans enjoyed the lush greens that are aplenty at the moment.  

Pare scratching and Dupotto

Wanjala, Naseku and Galla playing

Kamok and Tusuja


Mutara’s group was not present in the morning. The only group of six that so far has remained intact since leaving their human family three years ago. The other group that has broken a record of staying away the longest is Olare’s group, who were last seen on the 1st March and since then they have remained elusive. Zurura, with Narok and Laragai, joined the orphans for lucerne in the morning. Shortly later, Maramoja, who prefers fresh grass to lucerne pellets, led the way to the browsing field. Zurura and Vuria were left behind feasting on the lucerne.

Olsekki had fun as he rode on Roi’s back. Roi tried as much as she could to get rid of Olsekki and when he was free of his she was very angry with him and walked away. Later Zurura joined the orphans in the bush were Oltaiyoni, Kamok and Tusuja stretched their trunks towards him to find out the latest stories from him. Zurura didn't respond to these young kids but went past them. He then walked off into the bush. Roi, Naseku, Sapalan, Rapa, Wanjala and Oltaiyoni came across a small pool of water that they used to take a bath in, then they later had fun rolling on the ground. At the mud bath time, the orphans drank their milk and shortly after, returned back to the browsing field. In the afternoon the orphans parted ways with Laragai and Narok’s groups, and settled to browse in the Kanziku area.

Orphans leaving for browsing

Vuria and Zurura in the stockade compound

Naseku and Roi rolling on the ground


Dupotto has developed a habit of checking on Enkikwe every morning, but she was slightly pushed by Enkikwe when she turned to lead him out. Enkikwe is obviously frustrated with his injury but Dupotto will not give up! The orphans were joined by Yatta, Narok and Mutara’s groups in the stockade compound. Enkikwe walked to share pellets with Bongo as baby Nusu played with Rapa. Shortly later, Yatta and her group left.

Out in the Park, Karisa who is slowly socializing with everyone in the herd, invited Galla to a light pushing game that ended when Mutara passed by and pushed both of them away. Karisa later engaged Naseku in a strength testing exercise but was overpowered by Naseku. Tusuja had a brief tussle with Lemoyian before their group also left. On the way to the mud bath, the independent and quiet Sapalan yet again managed to outwit the keepers and disappeared for almost five hours. He was later found with Mutara and Narok’s groups, and escorted back to the stockade. Sapalan, who weaned himself off the milk the moment he arrived at Ithumba, is always reluctant to go into the mud bath.

Enkikwe sharing with Bongo

Naughty Nusu playing with Rapa

Kanjoro leading and ex orphans smelling

Karisa playing with Galla


Galla, Wanjala, Roi, Naseku and Kauro started their day activities by rolling on the ground. Shortly later, Mutara’s group showed up and joined the juniors to browse. An hour later a troop of chattering baboons passed by, scaring all of the orphans. Pare, Maramoja and Rapa ran towards the keepers as Mutara, Kanjoro and Tusuja tried to fight the baboons by charging at them. The baboons weren’t too bothered by the elephants, but disappeared the same way they had come from. Roi teamed up with Galla to browse as Kauro developed an itchy ear and decided to scratch it on a nearby tree.

When it was time for their midday bottle, Mutara’s group escorted the juniors to the mud bath and they felt that the temperature was okay. Mutara and Kanjoro dived into the mud bath water as the orphans had their milk. When they finished Naseku led the team to join Mutara mud bathing. Kamok was the first one to leave the mud hole, while Kanjoro and Wanjala were the last. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in Kone area where they browsed until evening when it was time to go back to the stockades.


Galla and Narok

Enkikwe feeding




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