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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


Early before dawn, Mutara and Narok’s groups checked in at the stockade compound. The junior Ex Orphans stayed until day break when the orphans were let out. Sapalan led the way out as Sities led her friends into the stockade to find out if there were any leftovers. Galla met with Sities and decided to challenge her, but Sities was too strong for him and he opted to surrender and walk out. Lucerne was distributed to them but instead of feeding on it, the orphans started tossing it up in air, and shortly later headed to the browsing field to enjoy the fresh flourishing vegetation. The gentle Boromoko started his day's activities by engaging Olsekki in a light pushing game, while Naseku rolled on the ground. The junior Ex Orphans escorted the others out into the Park where Mutara and Suguta had light pushing game while Sirimon sought some pushing lessons from Sities. Sities accepted and took him on for a training session that didn't last for long. Thereafter, Sirimon practiced what he had learned on Tusuja and Enkikwe. Bomani, who left us and joined the wild without tusks, now has something to boast about because at long last the tusks have come out! Bomani tackled Tusuja in an effort to show him that he should not mess around with him since he is a new Bomani, with tusks! Sapalan and Namalok took a break from feeding to engage in soil dusting exercise as Karisa stayed close by. Shortly before mud bath time, the junior Ex Orphans parted ways with the dependent ones. Roi led the first group of girls consisting of Naseku and Dupotto for their midday bottle feeds, as Kauro led the second group consisting of boys Galla and Karisa. In the afternoon, Tusuja enjoyed a light pushing game with Olsekki and when they were done, they rejoined their friends to feed again. 

Sities playing with Galla

Sapalan and Namalok soil dusting

Roi, Naseku and Dupotto

Tusuja playing with Olsekki


Early before dawn it started raining. Kauro, Sapalan and Namalok woke up to their first morning in Ithumba with a blessing of rain. The ground was very slippery following the 30mm of rain we received early before dawn. Karisa, who isn’t very attached to any of the orphans, was the first one to leave the stockade. The orphans made a brief stop at the stockade water troughs where they only played with the water with their trunks, before leaving to browse.

The orphans had fun playing with the wet soil. Sokotei, Kamok, Naseku, Olsekki, Siangiki, Dupotto and Wanjala rolled on the ground as Sapalan stood a distance away watching. Lemoyian joined the group and started climbing on those who were on the ground, but his actions slowly brought the game to an end. Boromoko and Olsekki wrestled with each other but there was no clear winner from their game. Sapalan browsed close to Karisa, and we thought that Karisa might soon have a friend, while Namalok browsed close to the peaceful and gentle Shukuru. Close to the mud bath area, the orphans were briefly joined by Wendi, baby Wiva, Lenana, Chyulu, Makena, Makireti, Kasigau, Kilabasi, Lualeni, Loijuk, Ishanga, a wild orphan and three wild elephants. Lenana and Loijuk interacted with the juniors, trying to find out more about the state of the new comers. Sapalan and Namalok didn't look too bothered by the presence of the Ex Orphans but concentrated on feeding, as Kauro stayed close to his keepers. Garzi invited Ishanga to a pushing game with the intention of learning some new pushing techniques, which he could use on his fellow age mates. Olsekki played with Boromoko but Sirimon tried to intervene by getting in-between, something which angered Olsekki. He stopped the game with Boromoko and ramped up the game with Sirimon. Sirimon couldn't withstand Olsekki and surrendered by running away. Later, Ishanga had a brief conversation with Siangiki as they engaged each other in a light pushing game.

Karisa leaving the stockade first

Sokotei and Kamok playing

Dupotto and Oltaiyoni

Lualeni with the dependent orphans


Soon after leaving the stockade, Ukame led the way to the browsing field where Sirimon and Enkikwe started their day’s activities by engaging in a pushing game. Tusuja teamed up with Olsekki to browse while Kamok scratched her ears against a tree. Later, the orphans came across some water where Galla, Sirimon, Naseku, Dupotto, Tusuja, Enkikwe and Oltaiyoni participated in a mini mud bath as they prepared themselves for the new arrivals from Nairobi. When Sapalan, Namalok and Kauro arrived, they were first welcomed by Roi, Galla and Dupotto. Roi entwined her trunk with Namalok but later pushed him to show how bossy she can be. Roi turned to Sapalan thinking that he was just as easy as Namalok but she got a rude shock when Sapalan turned to defend himself. Eventually, Sapalan decided to show a bit of respect to his new family by withdrawing and walking away. Sapalan was followed by Oltaiyoni who tried to comfort him by placing her trunk on Sapalan.

Out in the bush, Sirimon welcomed Namalok and Sapalan by climbing on them. As Namalok and Sapalan were interacting with the other orphans, Kauro kept on following the keepers and feeding close to them, a habit he had even before he went back to Nairobi. Karisa, who never appears concerned with whatever is happening around him, kept himself busy with soil dusting as the rest of herd were familiarizing themselves with the new babies. Later in the day, Boromoko engaged Galla in a pushing game and after winning that, he went to tackle Tusuja. In the evening all the orphans returned to the stockades for the nights.


Tusuja and Olsekki browsing

New babies arrive

Galla, Sapalan and Roi

Kauro, Tusuja and Barsilinga


Soon after leaving the stockade, the orphans were welcomed by Zurura who had spent the night just outside the stockade. Zurura escorted the juniors out to where they began to browse. Enkikwe settled to feed with Sirimon while gala learned some pushing techniques from Zurura by engaging him in a light pushing game. Thereafter, Galla moved to practice what he had learnt on Boromoko. Enkikwe left to team up with Shukuru after Sirimon attempted to ride on him as Naseku settled to browse with Olsekki.

Shortly before mud bath time, Garzi came across a small pool of water that he used to cool himself down in by getting in and rolling around in the water. Later in the afternoon, the weather changed and it became cloudy and at around 3.30 pm it started to rain lightly. The rain activated the orphans’ playing mood. They started rolling on the ground and playing in the running water. Dupotto emerged as the star of the day as she prolonged her game even after her friends had finished long before!

Zurura with the dependent orphans

Enkikwe and Sirimon

Garzi mud bathing

Laragai and Kithaka

Orphans having fun in the rain




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