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Mutaraís group spent the night outside the stockade hoping that come morning, Turkwel would be released to join them. They found this was not to be as once Laragai and her group were let out, the gate was closed again. This annoyed Mutaraís group and they ran around the stockade rumbling in anger and protesting as to why we were continuing to hold Turkwel. Shortly later, the senior graduate orphans showed up and settled for lucerne. Naseku, the little baby-lover, walked to check on Siku who at one time could not walk properly due to an injured back leg. Siku could be seen practicing using the leg though there remains a slight swelling on the knee. The no-nonsense Oltaiyoni pushed baby Yoyo away when Yoyo tried to charge at her.

Out in the bush Olsekki played with Tusuja while Karisa played with Rapa. Kauro took a break from feeding to participate in a soil dusting exercise while Sapalan settled for a scratching exercise against one of the nearby trees. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by one bull and later, after leaving the mud bath, fifteen wild elephants reported for water and a mud bath too. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area. Kauro and Galla took a break from feeding to participate in soil bathing game.

Turkwel sleeping and getting much needed rest

Oltaiyoni having mik

Kauro and Galla dust bathing


It is much drier in northern Tsavo so there are more graduate orphans and wild elephants around the stockades now. Before the dependent orphans were let out, the graduate orphans and wild elephants had already reported ready to share whatever they could with the orphans. Once the orphans were out, Rapa had a disagreement with baby Kama that led to Kama pushing Rapa. Kama was confident since her mother, Kinna, was close by and she knew if anything got out of control, her mother would come to her rescue. Rapa wasn't happy about Kama undermining him but he couldnít do anything about it with Kinna and the other nannies around! Rapa shook his head in frustration and left hoping that one day he could have a fair pushing game with Kama. Tusuja had a brief chat with Ololoo and later went to escort Enkikwe out, who usually lags behind after receiving his treatment first before joining his friends for the day. The sky was clear and this was an indication of a hot day a head. At mud bath time, Esampu led her friends to wallow and after headed for soil dusting before heading back to the browsing field. In the evening eighty five elephants both wild and graduate orphans reported for water at the stockade water troughs.  

Rapa playing with Kama

Tusuja calling Enkikwe

Siangiki in the water


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


Karisa always likes to leave the stockades with a branch in his mouth it seems, and this morning was no different. He sauntered out of the stockades with a tasty branch in his mouth, something that Rapa copied from him. Rapa picked his own branch and followed Karisa out of the gate. Outside the stockade, Mutara and her group had reported early before dawn and slept outside the stockade waiting for daybreak. Barsilinga engaged Kanjoro in a strength testing exercise and just as he felt he was losing the battle, Garzi came in and assisted him in his fight against Kanjoro. Shortly after, the orphans left for browsing, leaving Mutara and her group in the stockade compound. The weather was chilly today and the orphans concentrated only on browsing. Karisa paired with Pare to browse as Kauro, who is forging a tighter friendship with Kamok, had a light friendly pushing game with her.

Prior to mud bath time and the midday feed, twenty wild dogs visited the waterhole mud bath and left as soon as they saw the milk car approaching. It is always nice to see this very endangered animal. At mud bath, the orphans were joined by graduate orphans Nasalot, Nusu, Bongo, Galana, Gawa, Lenana, Kenze, Kilabasi and Makireti. Makireti checked on Enkikwe's progress by touching his wound with her trunk and we are sure she was wishing him a quick recovery. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the upper Kalovoto area where Wanjala enjoyed a pushing game with Tusuja, since the weather was still chilly and they felt like warming up. In the evening, a wild bull who was treated two days ago came for water at the stockade compound and left immediately after having enough water. He is looking in good health.

Karisa and Pare browsing together

Kauro playing with Kamok

Makireti checking on Enkikwe


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 didnít 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 Olareís 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





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