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1/29/2015 

Narok left the stockade with a branch in her mouth but a few meters from the stockade she dropped tossed it. Vuria picked it up hoping to chew it but dropped it again on realizing it was not tasty.

At the browsing field the juniors were joined by Makireti, Kilabasi, Kasigau, Naisula, Murka, Kitirua and a wild girl aged about seven years old. It appears that Makireti has dropped Chaimu and Kilaguni from her group or that they were not comfortable being led by Makireti who is much younger than them. Orwa had brief strength testing with Naisula before Naisula moved a few metres away and pushed down a dry tree to demonstrate how strong she was and the techniques she had acquired in the wild. T

The partially independent group escorted the juniors to the mud bath but it was cold so no one wallowed. Mutara and the junior wild girl who was content to remain with the orphans and their Keepers drank together at the water trough. In the afternoon, Makireti and her group parted ways with the juniors.
Towards evening the sun became unbearably hot and the orphans, led by Mutara, headed for the mud bath to cool off before Shukuru led the first group back to the stockade.
 

Narok


Murka with the juniors


Naisula with the youngsters


Wild girl

1/4/2015 

The orphans left the stockade early as usual. Bomani, Shukuru and Orwa scratched on the nearby rocks, which is the normal routine. Seldom do the orphans venture out into the bush without a good sratch down first. This is pleasurable and practical removing any parasites like ticks from the previous day. At the browsing field Narok had a game of rolling on the ground enjoying the earth and attracting others to join her in his frivolous activities. .Sities stopped feeding and came over to where Narok was rolling and decided to scratch against her. Kainuk was also interested in the game and came over to ride on Narok. Later Shukuru and Sities shared the same tree to scratch their trunks and take a rest.

Today the afternoon was quiet and hot as the orphans opted to break from feeding and relax under the shade of trees. Even the Keepers were melting and took it easy under the shade of trees watching their charges. Later the orphans browsed quietly without incident.

At five in the evening we were welcomed to a wonderful surprise, Kibo, Kalama, Chemi Chemi, Melia, Kandecha, Suguta and Tumaren reported at the stockade. This partially dependent or independent group had last been seen in mid November 2014. This was the longest time they had been absent altogether not visiting the stockades or mixing with the others. The greetings were enthusiastic between the dependent orphans and Suguta’s group, but also between the Keepers who were relieved to see most of them home safe and sound. Still missing from the group were Kilaguni, Kitirua, Murka, Chaimu and Olare.
 

Orwa scratching


Shukuru scratching


Kibo

10/29/2014 

All the ex-orphan’s groups were at the stockade compound in the morning. Mulika and Mwende went into the stockade when the gates opened for the juniors. Orwa met Mwende on the way out and blocked her and pushed her out. Orwa tried to be careful not to be seen by Mulika otherwise things would have been bad for him. Mutara left with a branch in her mouth to feed on as she waited for the keepers to give them Lucerne. Shukuru stood at the gate with her trunk in her mouth for some time and later joined her friends. At the time of leaving, Kanjoro tried to follow a wild herd but the keepers called him to turn back. Bomani scratched against the only remaining acacia tree at the stockade compound while a junior wild girl chased Bongo.

At nine o'clock in the morning Suguta’s group returned back to the stockade and Kitirua and Kasigau engaged each other in a pushing game. In the browsing field, Orwa fed close to Kainuk while Bomani fed close to Laragai. At ten o'clock in the morning Shukuru browsed with her ears spread out due to high temperatures while Mutara opted to feed on a rocky area.

After their midday milk bottle Vuria, Laragai, Sities and Shukuru suckled their trunks as the orphans headed to drink water at the water trough. Bongo, Shukuru, Narok and Laragai then went down for a mudbath. Bongo saw two warthogs that were attempting to go into mud bath and charged at them. The two warthogs ran a few meters away and waited for the orphans to leave. As Laragai was leaving the mud bath, she saw the two warthogs waiting; she charged at them. Shukuru and Narok scratched their necks on the walls of the mud wallow and then Shukuru scratched her neck again on Kainuk whilst Narok went up to scratch against one the acacia trees at the mud wallow. Vuria and Sities did not step into the mud bathing water, preferring to scratch their bellies against the acacia trees. Shukuru winded up the mud bath activities by soil dusting in red soil.

In the afternoon, the sun was hot and Teleki relaxed under a tree for a cool off as Kanjoro browsed under a tree that had good shade. Later, due to escalating temperatures the orphans converged under a tree to relax. In the evening, 25 wild elephants reported for water.
 

Mulika and Orwa


Mutara carrying a branch


Kitirua and Kasigau strength testing


Laragai charging warthogs


Narok scratching his neck

10/20/2014 

Kenze, Kijana and a wild elephant reported at the stockade compound early before six o'clock in the morning and were joined by Kanjoro, Mutara and Laragai. Soon the others joined as well with Bomani enjoying their company. As the juniors were leaving, Suguta’s group in the company of totally independent orphans Napasha and Kamboyo reported for water at the stockade and to hang out with their little friends.

In the browsing field, Bomani and Narok chose to pair off and feed together, as Sities hung out with Bongo a few meters away. Later, the sun became too intense and Kanjoro searched for shade where he relaxed while as Kainuk scratched against a nearby taking respite from the suns unforgiving heat.

At mud bath time, Challa, Tomboi, Buchuma and Rapsu, in the company of ten wild elephants, were drinking water at the mudbath water trough when the orphans checked in. Buchuma and Rapsu had a brief strength testing exercise near the wild bulls, showing off as bulls do. One of the wild bulls warned them not to go on by just pointing a trunk at them, clearly he was tied of the disturbance. Teleki, Laragai, Sities and Shukuru walked towards the mudbath with trunks in their mouths and as Rapsu walked towards the orphans Narok and Sities raised their trunk to greet him, delighted to be in his company. The sun was hot but only Teleki, Bongo, Narok, Orwa, Mutara and Kanjoro participated in mudbathing today. Soon after mudbathing, Bongo went up and squeezed himself amongst the wild bulls so as to share water and they were happy to accommodate him; Narok scratched her trunk on the walls of mud bath while Shukuru scratched herself against an acacia tree. Sities charged at the water bowser as it passed near her while heading to stockade after delivering water into the mud bath. Ears out and trumpeting she was clearly enjoying herself.

In the afternoon, Bomani and Vuria were feeding together as did Kainuk and Kanjoro while Bongo and Narok fed on grass a short distance away. Vuria and Bongo then had a brief strength testing exercise that was cut short by Turkwel who intervened by pushing the two boys away.

In the evening, Yatta’s group consisting of Yatta, Nasalot, Kina, Tomboi, Taita, Napasha, Sidai, Yetu, Galana, Meibai, Buchuma, Rapsu, Sunyei, Chyulu, Lenana, Orok, Ithumbah, Madiba, Makena, Kijana and two wild elephants came for water. It was lovely to see them all so well and they seemed pleased to all meet up with the babies again. Napasha engaged a wild bull in a pushing game, Buchuma played with Orok, and Galana played with Rapsu as Tomboi tested his strength with Taita. A wild bull interrupted proceedings by pushing both Taita and Tomboi away which calmed their games down. Yatta left with her whole group few minutes later.

After Yatta’s group left, Suguta’s group arrived consisting of Suguta, Chaimu, Kandecha, Tumaren, Melia, Kitirua, Murka, Kibo, Naisula, and Olare joined two bulls that were taking water at the stockade water trough. Then Kamboyo, Makireti, Kilabasi, Chemi Chemi, Kasigau and Ololoo joined them following a little further behind. It appears that Lualeni's group has dissolved since it's permanent member, Ololoo has joined Suguta’s group and for several days now, Ololoo has been spotted with Suguta and company. At the water trough, Ololoo engaged Kibo in a pushing game. As Suguta’s team prepared to leave, Mulika’s group of independent orphans arrived consisting of Mulika, Mwende, Wendi, Lualeni, Kora, Zurura and a wild bull reported for water and stayed at the stockade till dark.
 

Napasha with Suguta's group


Bomani feeding


Sities and Bongo feeding near one another


Rapsu playing with Buchuma

10/12/2014 

When leaving the stockade today, the orphans were welcomed by ex-orphan Tomboi who had the previous night chosen to sleep around the stockade area. Later on Chemi Chemi, Ishanga and Kalama also came to join the dependent orphans. They then set off into the bush together accompanying the baby group. This always makes the dependent babies feel very good about themselves having the company of the big orphans.

Back in the stockade, Chaimu, Chemi Chemi, Kitirua, Kalama, Ishanga, Kandecha, Murka, Olare and Kibo with the older ex-orphans; Kora, Buchuma and Orok joined the juniors. Finally, four wild elephants, Sunyei and Mulika with her baby Mwende came for a visit and for some water too.
 

Ishanga coming to join the orphans


Kitirua


Kibo and Kanjoro enjoying lucerne


Buchuma plays with Orok

 

 

 

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