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Karisa led the way out soon after the morning milk. Outside the stockade, the orphans were received by Orwa, Vuria, Narok and Bomani. Laragai had let her stockade-mates out by opening the gate at around midnight and Kithaka, Barsilinga, Garzi, Lemoyian, Siangiki, Enkikwe, Olsekki and Sokotei were happy to join Mutara’s group that had camped outside the stockade. This group joined the orphans later out in the bush. Tusuja and Boromoko, who have become playmates recently, started their day activities by engaging each other in a pushing game. The orphans settled to browse close to the stockade in anticipation of the arrival of Pare, Rapa and Maramoja. At 8.40 am, the lorry carrying the three Nursery babies arrived, much earlier than usual, and they were offloaded. Roi, Galla, Kauro and Karisa were the first ones to meet with the new babies. Kauro welcomed them by rumbling as Roi was inquisitive as she moved around them, gently touching them with her trunk. After quenching their thirst at the water troughs, the new babies were led away to the browsing field. Pare seemed quite at home and straight away started feeding on grass flanked by Ukame, Galla and Naseku. Maramoja and Rapa stuck together as they moved and did everything together. Ukame tried to bully Pare but was cautioned by the keepers. Mutara, Turkwel and Suguta checked in and walked straight up to Maramoja and Rapa, wanting to greet the new babies. At eleven o'clock in morning, the new arrivals were taken for their first mud bath in Ithumba, where they were joined by the senior Ex Orphans led by Yatta. The orphans had a spectacular wallowing time as they waded through the water from one edge of the mud bath to the other. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to feed in the Kanziku area where Pare, Maramoja and Rapa continued to receive lessons about being in the wild from their older friends.  

Ex orphan Sunyei, her baby Siku and Gawa

Maramoja exiting the lorry

Pare with the other orphans

Turkwel, Maramoja, Rapa, Mutara

Maramoja, Mutara and Rapa


Mutara’s group have become our regular visitors in the morning, and today they joined the orphans soon after they were let out. Garzi loves challenging his seniors, and tackled Kanjoro in a pushing game that went on for quite some time. Barsilinga tackled the no nonsense Sities, but quit when the going got tough. Kainuk settled to browse with Namalok as she tried to get to know him better, as Turkwel engaged Tusuja in light pushing game. Siangiki had an itchy neck and used a nearby tree to scratch it. Naseku, Galla and Karisa teamed up to browse. Sirimon settled to browse with Kauro as Kainuk moved to have a chat with Garzi. At milk feeding time, Shukuru and Sapalan didn't bother to have their milk but changed direction to a small water hole close to the mud bath where they settled for a cool-off exercise. After mud bath time, Sapalan settled to feed with the big boys Kithaka and Barsilinga and in the evening, Galla and Tusuja wound up the day's activities by engaging in a strength testing exercise that ended in a draw.  

Barsilinga playing with Sities

Kainuk and Namalok

Siangiki scratching her neck

Naskeu, Galla and Karisa browsing


Orwa, Bomani and Narok joined the juniors as soon as they came out of their stockade. Boromoko, who appeared to have woken up in a jovial mood, decided to give Roi a hard time by riding on her each time they met. Roi decided to quit feeding on lucerne and left to stand close to Narok, knowing that Narok would defend her. Upon seeing this, Boromoko turned to Tusuja and engaged him in a pushing game that lasted only for a few seconds.

Out in the bush, the dependent orphans were joined by Mutara’s group briefly, who then made off with the group that is off now off milk, plus some others. Kithaka, Laragai, Garzi, Lemoyian, Barsilinga, Siangiki, Enkikwe, Olsekki and Sokotei went for a tour with Mutara’s group and rejoined the milk dependent group later on the way to the mud bath. After mud bath, Galla had fun rolling on the ground as Wanjala tested his strength against a tree. In the afternoon, Oltaiyoni teamed up with Namalok and Dupotto while Sapalan settled to feed with Barsilinga. In the evening, Shukuru, who still chooses to remain dependent while others younger than her make that big step to living in the wild, walks at her own pace and came into the compound later at around 6pm.

Boromoko climbing on Roi


Galla having fun on the ground


Shortly past midnight, Laragai managed to open the gate and all are her friends happily walked out to join Mutara and her group who were relaxing outside. It was the first time that Siangiki, Olsekki, Enkikwe, Sokotei spent half of the night feeding outside. In the morning, they came back with Orwa, Bomani and Narok and briefly joined the juniors for lucerne before heading to the bush. Kauro moved a distance away from the rest where he fed quietly without disturbance, while Namalok took a break from feeding to participate in a wet soil bath. Sapalan held a brief conversation with the cool Shukuru while Boromoko and Olsekki decided that work without play made Jack a dull boy, and so for some time enjoyed a wrestling match that ended in a draw. When the sun became too hot, the independent Kamok found a suitable tree with nice shade where she relaxed for awhile before resuming browsing.

At mud bath time, the orphans were joined briefly by Wendi, Lualeni, Loijuk, Zurura, Lenana, Makena, Kilaguni, Chaimu, Ithumbah, Makireti and two wild elephants. Amazingly Wiva, Wendi’s baby, was nowhere to be seen and Wendi seemed unfazed; she must have stayed with her other nannies. Galla tried to challenge Makena to a pushing game but Makena was too strong for him, so Galla surrendered by turning and walking away. In the evening, the orphans passed by mud bath where they had an evening cool-off before heading back to the stockade.

Kamok relaxing

Sapalan talking to Shukuru

Naseku and Lualeni

Big Makena playing with Galla


Ithumba hill was partially covered by mist when the orphans, led by Namalok, Sapalan and Roi, left their stockades this morning. Ukame, the no nonsense girl just like Siangiki and Laragai, pushed Sapalan out of the way so she could lead the way. Boromoko, who embraces the spirit of sharing, teamed up with Enkikwe to feed from the shrubs while Karisa settled to feed with Namalok, though from time to time Karisa would take some leaves from Namalok’s mouth. Namalok grew tired of this and moved away to join Sapalan and Kauro while Karisa moved to feed close to Siangiki. Later on, Naseku, Galla and Sokotei took a break from feeding to have a game of rolling on the ground. Tusuja and Boromoko briefly engaged in light friendly pushing game as Kamok took a break to relax under a tree.

At mud bath time, Kauro led the first group of Tusuja and Karisa for their noon bottle feeds. After mud bath, Kithaka and Barsilinga, who consider themselves as grownups these days, moved away from their friends where they enjoyed some privacy in a soil dusting exercise.

Enkikwe feeds with Boromoko

Kauro, Sapalan and Namalok

Tusuja plays with Boromoko

Naseku playing on the ground




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