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6/5/2018 

Soon after leaving the stockade, the orphans were briefly joined by the senior ex-orphans. The playful baby Kama, Kinnaís baby, engaged Esampu in a playful pushing game, while Nusu played with Mteto and Mundusi. One of Galana's boyfriends disrupted the peace when he started to pester Galana. Galana was not happy about it and so started running away with the bull in hot pursuit. Baby Gawa was not left behind as she also followed her mum. Kinna seemed to think it was a dangerous environment for the babies to be in, and was worried about Gawa with the hot-tempered wild bull around, so she trumpeted and alerted her friends that they should go after Gawa. Esampu tried to follow Kinna and her group on their rescue mission but the keepers intervened since Esampu is still very small and does not know the area very well yet having only just arrived! The ex-orphans met up again with the juniors at mud bath. It was funny to see Kibo standing close to the dependent orphans, hoping to get a bottle of milk! That would be impossible and he is far too old for milk. After being denied any milk, Kibo shook his head and left to catch up with his friends. The rest of the afternoon was quiet as the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area. 

Wild bull chasing Gawa and Galana


Namalok drinking from his bucket


Ex orphans at the stockade

6/1/2018 

Soon after the orphans were let out, Karisa engaged Rapa in a pushing game in an effort to take revenge for the day he fell while playing with Rapa. In the process, Wanjala happened to pass by and saved Rapa by getting in between the two boys and separating them. Shortly later, Mutara and her group, who appeared to have a hint of the impending arrival of new babies, arrived early to find out the exact time of the arrival of Esampu, Mteto and Mundusi who arrived from Nairobi. Mutara and her group escorted the juniors to the browsing field and left for a short while. At 9am, the truck carrying the three new Nursery orphans arrived. Rapa, Maramoja and Pare were the first ones to meet Mteto, Esampu and Mundusi. Upon meeting, Maramoja and Rapa recognised the three babies immediately and started walking around with them. There was excitement when the rest of the group arrived as each tried to identify itself with the new babies. Shortly afterwards, Maramoja led the way to the browsing field. At the browsing field Dupotto settled with Mteto as she tried to show her what to feed on, while Maramoja took Esampu for the same lessons. Mundusi felt like a fish out water and he bellowed like a baby from time to time. The heat was too much for him as he tried a bit of soil dusting to cool off. The soil dusting didn't help either and he resulted in drawing water from his stomach and spraying it behind his ears, which is what elephants do when they are very hot; it will take him a few days to get used to the heat! Maramoja, Pare and Rapa regrouped and tried to take Mundusi, Esampu and Mteto to some shade as the heat was becoming too much for them. The babies accepted and went to relax under a tree. Pare decided to keep himself busy by picking up a piece of stick and using it to scratch his chin.

On the way to the mud bath the orphans met with Mutara, Chaimu, Kilaguni, Sities, Suguta, Kanjoro, Kainuk and Turkwel who appeared to have received the news when the new babies arrived and were on the way to receive them. Mutara and her group turned and escorted the babies to the mud bath where Kinna, baby Kama, baby Gawa, Galana with her two boys friends, Kenze, Zurura, Kibo, Melia, Naisula, Kitirua, Kalama, Chemi Chemi, Makireti, Nasalot, baby Nusu, Meibai, Bongo, Olare and the aggressive wild female were present. The wild female disrupted the mud bath activities as Kinna, Chaimu and Murka took the opportunity to snatch the new arrivals. The keepers were vigilant and managed to get their babies back. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area. Esampu, Mteto and Mundusi settled to enjoy all the delicious vegetation in the area as they slowly got acclimatized to their new home. Kauro and Galla had brief strength testing exercise that ended in a draw.
 

Rapa plays with Karisa


The three new babies having milk once offloaded


Zurura inspecting the new babies

5/31/2018 

It was a quiet morning when the orphans left the stockade. Led by Naseku, the orphans briefly settled for lucerne before Maramoja led the way out. An hour later, a group of ex-orphans led by Kinna briefly joined the orphans. In the group there were three huge elephants that seemed to have an eye on a female ex-orphan. Shortly later Kinna steered the group towards the east as the keepers tried to call their babies back so as to avoid confrontation with the wild bulls. Barsilinga, Kithaka, Garzi, Lemoyian, Sirimon and Laragai refused to heed the keepers call and opted to run away with Kinna and her herd. The six rebels later showed up at mud bath before disappearing again, only to reappear late in the evening at the stockade. In the afternoon, Kauro engaged Galla in a strength testing exercise while Tusuja played with Enkikwe. The disciplined Oltaiyoni later had her own game of running and charging at some bushes, a game that also attracted Olsekki and Karisa. 

Galla, Naseku and Oltaiyoni


Enkikwe and Wanjala dustbathing


Galla riding on one of his friends

5/30/2018 

Soon after having his milk, Karisa jumped over to where Sapalan and his friends usually spent the night. Karisa tried to hold the tail of the quiet Sapalan to try and climb on his back. Sapalan resisted by running away from Karisa. Karisa then turned to Pare who defended himself fiercely by repelling Karisa. Makireti, Chemi Chemi and Kilabasi were relaxing outside the stockade with Laragai. Laragai had totally refused to get into the stockade with her friends and opted to spend the night out, reporting in the dead of night and comfortably sleeping just outside the stockade. Soon after the orphans were let out, Garzi and Chemi Chemi engaged each other in a strength testing exercise that lasted all the way to the browsing field. An hour later, Kinna, baby Kama, Nasalot, baby Nusu, Galana, baby Gawa, Melia, Kenze, Bongo, Kalama, Chyulu, Kibo, Kandecha, Tumaren and two wild bulls made a brief stopover at the stockade. They later showed up at the mud bath as well, to find out if there were any new comers. After they were done with their investigation, a wild bull rumbled and Kinna and the rest of the group followed. The juniors headed to browse in the Kalovoto area up to five o'clock in the evening when they returned back to the stockade.  

Garzi with Chemi Chemi


Galana and Gawa


Kama and Kinna

5/26/2018 

This morning we were visited by Zurura at the stockades just after the orphans had their milk. He was on his patrol with Rapsu and Kenze. The orphans walked straight to the bush after their milk. Enkikwe and Siangiki had their wounds washed and treated as usual and then joined their friends. Kithaka was in a very naughty mood this morning.

Out in the bush, Turkwel was rolling on the ground while Orwa watched her. She embraced Orwa as she stood up. The two groups later walked to the mud bath for milk and mud bath.

The dependent orphans had their milk and walked to the mud bath after having some water. They were all very active as they played. Kinnaís group including her baby Kama then arrived. Kitirua was acting as Kamaís security guard. Rapsu was the most playful one in the mud bath as he was as rolling around as he swam. When they were done the orphans along with Mutaraís herd walked back to the bush to browse. There was a female wild elephant among Kinnaís group who was trying to scare away the keepers and trying to charge at them. Mutara's herd accompanied the orphans back home in the evening.
 

Zurura visiting


Kinna, Kama and Kitirua


Namalok running for milk

 

 

 

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