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Yatta, Yoyo, Yetu, Kinna, Kama, Ithumbah, Makena, Ishanga, Sidai and Naserian who haven’t been seen for a month, showed up at the stockades after receiving news that Lualeni had a baby and wanted to congratulate her. After sharing lucerne pellets, Yatta continued their journey to look for Lualeni who had left the previous day for an undisclosed location. This dry season, we have seen the formation of new groups among the ex-orphans. Yatta has her own group now, Galana another one and there is a possibility for Lualeni, who for years has tried to form her own group but failed, to now start another one but only time will tell. Nasalot also has got her own group but it's not clear who the members are since Wendi, Wiva, Mwende and Mulika who used to be in Yatta’s group, have not also been seen for a month. No-one knows how long the formation of these new groups will hold; only time will tell. The orphans settled to browse at Kanziku area and the rest of the day was uneventful. 

Kama nursing from Kinna

Yoyo and Yatta

Pare playing with Tusuja


This morning there were some wild elephants and graduate orphans drinking at the stockade compound and we noticed that Kandecha had a very swollen tail from another lion attack. We tried to get him into a stockade to treat the wound but he refused, although he was very relaxed. He allowed the Keepers to wash the wound and apply the healing green clay with iodine mixed in. Kandecha is a big elephant and is evidently still a target for these aggressive lions. Turkwel was treated with Enkikwe and then all the orphans walked out to the bush. Kandecha didn’t want to stay with the dependent orphans in the bush but chose to follow his own group. Chemi Chemi was around too and we managed to treat him after a long struggle. He was left behind and didn’t follow the other orphans. After a few minutes, Tumaren realized that he was not with them and came running back to collect him. She used all means to push him from behind and make him follow the rest of her group. The other babies were busy browsing on their own with Turkwel feeling happy to stay with the babies. Siangiki was kneeling down to cut some grass with her teeth.

Later at noon at the mud bath area, we had a large group of graduate orphans and wild elephants. Yatta, Sunyei and Kinna with their babies were among them. Back in the bush, all the dependent babies were very busy browsing and later Mundusi led the herd back home in the evening for their milk.

Yatta, Sunyei, Kinna and Galana with their babies Yoyo, Siku, Kama and Gawa also visited the stockades today with some wild elephants. They all had some water and left again.

Siangiki uprooting grass

Yatta and Yoyo at the stockade

Turkwel scratching her bottom


It was a lovely morning as we had graduate orphans from Olare’s herd outside waiting for the dependent orphans to come out after their milk bottles. The orphans came out and Rapa started scratching his bottom on a nearby rock. They all interacted and had their lucerne together before walking to the water trough to drink water. Turkwel was taken back into one of the stockades for treatment with Enkikwe at the same time.

Out in the bush they all the orphans looked happy until the graduate groups walked away. Turkwel has the blue colour of the antibiotic spray on her wounds and we could see those she was socialising with in the group as they had the blue on them too where they had rubbed against her. Sapalan browsed on his own.

Later at the waterhole where the orphans have their milk, Turkwel lead the dependent orphans to the water trough to drink water after they had all had their bottles. The orphans then had a mud bath while the wild bulls on the other side of the waterhole watched them. The wild bulls later came over to drink water when the orphans walked away from the mud bath back to the bush. They were all very busy browsing except for Esampu was busy scooping and tossing chunks of soil in the air and some on her back. Olsekki and Siangiki browsed together as they are very close friends.

At the stockade today we had a group of wild bulls who came to drink water with Olare’s group with them too. Kinna's herd later came in with Sunyei and their wild born babies, Kama and Siku. They were received by Olare’s herd with trumpets and rumbles. Chemi Chemi was not seen today.

Kibo with the oprhans at the stockade

Kinna and Kama

Esampu tossing soil in the air


The day started off on a sad note when Chemi Chemi arrived in the morning with lion injuries. Chemi Chemi was in the company of graduate orphans Kinna, Kama, Tumaren, Sidai, Ishanga and Melia. Chemi Chemi now becomes the fifth elephant to be attacked by the lions. The first one was Enkikwe followed by Siangiki, then Sokotei and Turkwel. Narok and her herd had also had an attempt on their lives as well. The atmosphere was tense as the graduate orphans were nervous. Tumaren, who appears to have helped Chemi Chemi to fight off the lions, would not leave him alone even for one second. We bundled Chemi Chemi into the stockade but he was too strong and broke the gate lock and ran out. The vet arrived in time and treated him as the orphans watched.

At mud bath time, the weather wasn't appealing for wallowing and the orphans opted for a soil dusting session instead. In the afternoon, Kauro and Kamok browsed together and seemed to be deep in conversation. In the evening, Chemi Chemi was put into the stockade again but broke the fence and came out, making the Keepers come out and spend the night out to watch over him.

Chemi Chemi after treatment

Tumaren enjoying Lucerne with the orphans

Kamok and Kauro


Kamok, Karisa, Rapa and Dupotto left their night stockade with branches in their mouths early in the morning. Twelve wild bulls were drinking water at the stockade water troughs when the orphans settled for their lucerne. Shortly later, a wild herd showed up followed by graduate orphans Kinna, her baby Kama, Sunyei, her baby Siku, Lenana, Chyulu, Ishanga, Kenze, Ithumbah and Mutara’s group. After feeding on lucerne, Kithaka walked down and briefly joined the bulls for water before returning to join his friends. Shortly afterwards, Kinna and her group escorted the juniors to the browsing field before parting ways.

Out in the bush, Rapa saw a tall tree that had green leaves and started salivating for the leaves. Rapa tried to find a way of how he could reach them. Just as Rapa was about to give up, he saw a rock close to a tree and he used this to reach the high leaves. Rapa plucked at the leaves happily, thanking the rock for being close to that tree.

At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by eight bulls who shared water and a mud bath with them without any problems. Namalok, who is very lively these days, was the star of the mud bath as he trumpeted and splashed water everywhere using his trunk, enjoying every moment in the water. Galla engaged Kanjoro in a strength testing exercise while Mundusi and Meto shared the same tree to scratch on. Olsekki and Siangiki remained behind with the wild bulls as they tried to drink as much water as they could, so that it would last them for the entire afternoon.


Siangiki with wild bulls

Namalok coming out of the mudbath




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