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Tomboi and two wild elephants were at the stockade compound having a drink of water when the orphans were let out of their stockades. Siangiki, Enkikwe and Olsekki walked down to the water but hesitant to join Tomboi and the wild bull for a drink but after a few minutes Enkikwe was brave enough to go and join the two at the water trough while Olsekki and Siangiki rejoined their friends who were feeding on lucerne. A short while the wild bulls left and Tomboi with Enkikwe joined the rest of the orphans for some Lucerne after which Tomboi returned to the water trough followed by Siangiki, Olsekki and Enkikwe. Narok enjoyed a pushing game with Orwa after which Orwa mounted Narok while Teleki engaged Vuria in a strength testing game and Bomani took on Lemoyian.

At the browsing field Siangiki spent most of her time browsing with Laragai. Vuria met with Bongo and remembered that they hadn't tested their strength today and as such the two quickly locked their trunks in a pushing game. At mud bath time Enkikwe and Olsekki ran to the mudbath together with their second milk bottle dropping them only after they had downed the bottles contents after which they entered the water.

A short while after the orphans had drank the milk feed the juniors were joined by the partially independent groups (Olare, Chaimu and Makiretiís groups). Chemi Chemi engaged Orwa in a pushing game which Orwa after which he went to try his luck with Kitirua, a match that he also lost. In defeat he went and joined the rest of the orphans who were enjoying a soil dusting exercise.

In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse at the Kanziku area. Teleki teamed up with Laragai for the afternoon browsing session. In the evening Barsilinga and Bongo stopped feeding to enjoy a soil dusting exercise before the orphan herd returned to the stockades for the night.

Tomboi with Enkikwe and Siangiki

Tomboi with the dependent orphans

Vuria and Barsilinga

Olsekki walking off with his bottles

Orwa plays with Chemi Chemi


Two wild bulls and the partially independent group were taking water at the stockade water trough when the juniors were let out. As soon as the juniors came out, Orwa engaged Kalama in a pushing game while Barsilinga and Garzi put their heads together to decide which way to go. Vuria engaged Kitirua in a pushing game thinking that it was just as easy as playing with his playmate Bongo. The game turned out to be tough for Vuria though and he was left with no other option than to surrender to avoid being humiliated in front of his friends, especially Bongo. Lemoyian decided to stick to Turkwel and watch her to learn what particular vegetation she enjoyed feeding on.

At nine o'clock in the morning we thought that Yatta and Mulikaís groups appeared to have got wind of new babies coming, as they camped at the stockade compound for nearly one hour. When they didnít arrive Yatta led the group away. Shortly later, the lorry carrying Enkikwe, Olsekki and Siangiki arrived. Kithaka, Lemoyian and Barsilinga were the first ones to meet with the new babies. Lemoyian with his ears raised led Kithaka and Barsilinga to meet them. Olsekki felt uncomfortable it seemed to be attracting the attention of the older orphans and he bellowed loudly. Laragai entwined her trunk with Siangiki as Vuria placed his trunk on Olsekki in attempting to bully him by climbing on him. The keepers shouted at Vuria to stop his naughty tricks and Vuria moved away from Olsekki. Soon, Mutara, Narok, Suguta and Sities arrived and all surrounded Olsekki. Shortly later, the orphans headed into to the bush with their new friends exploring Tsavo for the first time. Olare, who had attached herself to Yatta's group, came back and took control of the new babies. Itís interesting how Olare knew that some babies would come to Ithumba and for her to have a proper knowledge of how to handle them. Olare assisted by Laragai browsed close to the new arrivals showing them what to eat. It was so interesting to watch how quickly Olsekki, Siangiki and Enkikwe settled down. They intermingled with the older orphans normally as if they had been in Ithumba for a long time.

In the evening, Lemoyian and Vuria spent some time in soil dusting. Later at five o'clock in the evening, Olare escorted the new babies back to the stockade. Olare was barred from getting in with them something that angered her leading to a protest. She protested outside the stockade by moving up and down, lying down and standing up until her group arrived in the company of the Ex Orphans with wild elephants too. Wendi and Nasalot walked up to the gate but the gate was closed and there was no way to access the new babies. The herd left shortly after dark probably hoping to meet with the new arrivals the next day.

Olsekki in his new surroundings

Olsekki surrounded by older girls


Makireti, Kasigau and Kilabasi arrived at the stockade compound in the dead of the night. This group of three known as Makiretiís group, slept outside the stockade and woke up in the morning when they heard the gates being opened for the juniors to come out. As soon as the gates opened Makireti and Kilabasi walked in to check for leftovers. Kasigau stood at the entrance and patted Narok's back with his trunk as Narok left the stockade. Outside Barsilinga walked and stood behind Narok. Narok did not like that and threw a back kick that landed on Barsilinga. Barsilinga didnít wait for another kick from Narok and so walked away. Shortly later, Vuria played with Kilabasi as Kasigau attempted to mount on Narok. After Kasigau walked towards Teleki where he tried to take food from Teleki's mouth. Teleki didnít tolerate Kasigau's behaviour and pushed him as he walked away. Bomani played Lemoyian as Kithaka played with Garzi. Later Bomani tried his hand at playing with Kasigau but Kasigau was too strong for him. At the browsing field, Vuria challenged Makireti but surrendered a short while later when Makireti proved to be too strong for him. At around ten o'clock in the morning, the juniors were joined by Melia and Mutaraís groups.

At mud bath time, the juniors were joined by five wild bulls. Laragai tried to play with Chemi Chemi but she was overpowered. Garzi tried his hand at playing with Naisula but lost the game and thereafter tried with Kitirua. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse at Kanziku area. Narok and Barsilinga took some time off from feeding to participate in a soil dusting game while Teleki teamed up with Kithaka to feed.

Teleki pushing Kasigau

Kasigau patting Narok

Vuria challenging Makireti

Lemoyian drinking water

Garzi playing with Naisula


It was drizzling in the morning. The drizzle started early before dawn and by the time it ended we only recorded 5mm of rain. Kibo, Murka, Kitirua and Naisula appeared to have seceded from Olareís group, and they reported to the stockade compound moments before the gates were opened for the juniors to come out. Murka then led her small group into the stockade to check whether there was anything left for them to feed on. Meanwhile the orphans converged under the only remaining acacia tree in the compound waiting for the drizzle to die away. Orwa, who was the last to leave the stockade, was welcomed by Naisula who engaged him in a light pushing game. When the drizzle died down Shukuru headed straight to the bush while Kitirua reminded herself of the good old days by scratching her buttocks on the edge of the water trough.

Soon after arriving at the browsing field, Kibo engaged Vuria in a strength testing exercise that lasted for quite some time. Kibo later turned on Bomani who was standing close by watching them. Bomani tried to defend himself but Kibo was too strong for him; he therefore decided to run away from this game before it went too far. Teleki settled to browse with Naisula while Barsilinga started a soil dusting exercise in the wet soil. The dusting game attracted Kibo, Bongo, Laragai and Orwa who joined in too. Bongo couldn't miss tormenting his playmate Vuria and he went to lie on him. Vuria complained bitterly and Kibo intervened by pushing Bongo away from him.

At mud bath time, the weather was chilly and none of the orphans dared to step into the water. After drinking, the orphans returned back to the browsing field. Bongo and Shukuru had a brief red soil dusting game before following the others into the bush. In the afternoon, Bomani settled to browse with Kibo and later changed his mind and went to feed with Shukuru. Vuria decided to test his strength against Naisula while Teleki tackled Kibo. Both Vuria and Teleki lost their games to their seniors.

Kitirua scratching

Naisula in the rain and scratching

Bomani plays with Kibo

Orwa, Laragai and Bongo

Orphans soil bathing


Mutara and her group joined the juniors soon after leaving the stockade. Upon arriving at the browsing field Kithaka, Lemoyian and Barsilinga formed a team of three and fed separately from the rest of the group. Kanjoro briefly engaged Orwa in a pushing game while Vuria and his playmate Bongo browsed together without starting their usual pushing game. At eleven o'clock in the morning, Kithaka led the first group to the mud bath. The temperature was moderate and the orphans only drank water before returning to browse. Kithaka and Bomani had a standoff for sometime before Kithaka surrendered and gave in. Garzi and Bongo participated in a brief soil dusting game before going back to feeding. Lemoyian settled to browse with Orwa while Garzi teamed up with Shukuru. Later Orwa abandoned Lemoyian and went to share a shrub with Mutara. In the evening, Kibo, Naisula, Murka and Kitirua who belong to Olareís group, showed up at the stockade and left immediately after having their fill of water. 

Kithaka plays with Bomani

Bongo dust bathing

Garzi soil dusting

Mutara and Orwa feeding

Murka, Naisula, Kibo and Kitirua




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