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Makireti, Kilabasi, Kasigau, Chaimu and Ishanga were sleeping outside the stockade overnight and were there when the babies came out of their stockades. The noise made by the opening of the gates woke them up.
It appears, the five arrived at night and opted to sleep and wait for the others until morning. This is a second time of Chaimu being seen without her friend Kilaguni. Only time will tell if they had a misunderstanding that made Chaimu to quit and join Makireti. It looks like she is taking her cue from Ishanga, she is always changing groups and only time will tell. As the orphans settled for lucerne, Narok, Teleki, Orwa, Bomani and Garzi kept themselves busy by scratching on the nearby rocks. Chaimu exerted her authority over the juniors as she moved around taking their lucerne by force. Shortly later, Makireti and her group left to drink water and thereafter disappeared heading towards east. At the browsing field, the quiet Garzi defended himself from Bomani when Bomani attacked him from the back. Garzi turned and faced Bomani. Their pushing went on for quite some time until Orwa intervened and separated the two boys.

Suguta with a team of eleven members arrived at the stockade for water shortly before eleven o'clock in the morning. The group consisted of Suguta, Melia, Tumaren, Olare, Kibo, Kitirua, Murka, Naisula, Kandecha, Chemi chemi and Kalama. They took water, relaxed in the shade, dusted themselves and greeted their Keepers before heading back into the bush. Meanwhile at the midday mudbath site soon after eleven o'clock milk feeds, the orphans headed for wallowing with an exception of Orwa, Kainuk and Bomani who boycotted the exercise. Teleki and Narok were the last to leave the wallowing as they had been enjoying lying on top of each other. After wallowing, Shukuru, Bongo, Turkwel and Kanjoro spent some time scratching against the nearby acacia trees. In the afternoon, the sun was really hot causing Shukuru, Turkwel and Bongo to flap their ears continuously as they moved from one area to another in search of better pastures. In the evening, the weaver birds who are our signal for the start of the rainy season, arrived and perched in the acacia tree at the stockade compound. Shortly before dark, heavy clouds opened up and we received a welcome 4mm of rain. Nothing too dramatic but it was a welcome respite from the heat and settled the dust.

Kainuk soil dusting

Orwa playing

Kanjoro dusting

Shukuru flapping her ears to keep cool


Kalama, Suguta, Melia, Naisula, Kitirua, Tumaren, Kibo, Chemi chemi, Ishanga, Kasigau, Kilabasi and Makireti reported at the stockade compound early before six o'clock in the morning. When the gates opened for the juniors to get out, Kalama stood at the spring gate and blocked the juniors from leaving. It took the intervention of the keepers for Kalama to clear the way. The partially independent group joined the juniors in feeding on lucerne. Orwa was pushed by Kasigau rudely while he was feeding on his Lucerne, which he was angered by, but instead of retaliating he showed his annoyance by leaving the scene and moving far away to browse alone and undisturbed.

The orphans then headed out for the day walking deep into the bush, browsing at the foot of the granite Kopjes as they steadily made their way to the browsing fields. Kainuk and Vuria spent a long while scratching on some fallen trees they had stumbled upon, contorting their bodies to reach all their sensitive places, with much emphasis on scratching their tummies. Mutara broke a green branch which she shared with Sities and Vuria spoiled for a fight when he tried to forcefully take a branch from Bongo's mouth. Bongo resisted and this ended in a fight which the Keepers had to calm down.

By eleven o'clock in the morning, the weather was chilly and only Bongo that wallowed. A Mount Kenya elephant, Bongo seems immune to cold temperatures, and not much daunts him or dissuades him from his favourite water games. The rest of the group headed for a soil bath soon after taking their milk and looked on at Bongo alone in the water. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse at Kanziku area. Vuria fed close to Shukuru and Garzi while Bongo isolated himself from the others heading further a field alone, only to rejoin the others again later. The ex orphans in the company of three wild elephants all came to drink water at the stockade shortly after the juniors returned back to their night stockades. The ex orphan group remain close at hand, communicating with the dependent babies, and having their fill of water, then they slowly slipped into the darkness out of view, with only the sound of breaking branches giving their position away. Later that night the hyenas called and we could not help but remember that fateful early morning when Sabachi was badly attacked and despite the Keepers intervention and the company of the ex orphans we could not save him. We were happy to know our babies were safely sleeping sounding, completely unperturbed by the hyenas.

Chemi Chemi arrived early at the stockade

Vuria scratching on a dead tree

Sities shared her green branch with Mutara

Vuria and Bongo fight over a branch


As the milk dependent group was having their milk in the morning Kanjoro was busy knocking at the gate with a twig hoping someone would open it for him. When it was opened Kanjoro hurriedly left the stockade. Orwa was the last to leave holding a branch in his mouth. When the juniors were eating lucerne a sub-group from Suguta's group arrived and joined them. It appears that Suguta’s group now has four sub groups. One, led by Suguta, consists of Suguta, Melia, Tumaren, Kibo, Kandecha, Chemi Chemi and Kalama; the second group, led by Makireti, has Kilabasi, Kasigau and Ishanga; the third group has only two members, Kilaguni and Chaimu; the fourth group, led by Olare, consists of Olare, Naisula, Kitirua and Murka, all girls. The Olare and Makireti’s groups joined the juniors for lucerne. Ishanga, the no nonsense girl, pushed Sities away when she tried to take her lucerne. Laragai, who does opposite of what is expected, went down on her knees and crawled under the fence to get to where the lucerne is kept. When the keepers spotted her and shouted she turned and went back out the same way she had gone in. Kasigau had a brief strength testing with Kanjoro which soon ended when Kanjoro surrendered. The partially independent group left soon after they all arrived at the browsing field. Lualeni, Ololoo and Rapsu arrived at the mud bath moments before the juniors. Lualeni created a scene when she went past where the milk bottles had been arranged and grabbed one of them. When she saw the keepers running and shouting at her she dropped the bottle and ran away. The three ex-orphans headed off to wallow where they were joined by the juniors. Later Lualeni led the way back to the browsing field. Teleki browsed close to Rapsu and Shukuru continuously flapped her ears. The rest stood under a tree waiting for the temperature to go down. In the evening Lualeni led the juniors in for an evening wallow before parting ways with them.  

Lualeni wallowing

Lualeni and Bongo

Shukuru browsing

Teleki and Rapsu


Suguta’s group of Suguta, Melia, Tumaren, Olare, Kandecha, Kitirua, Kibo, Murka, Chemi Chemi, Naisula, Kamboyo and Kalama reported to the stockade early before 6am. They waited for the juniors to come out and shared lucerne with them. Kalama threatened Sities when she tried to take some lucerne Kalama had her eye on. In fear of being reprimanded Sities left it alone. An hour later Suguta and her group departed and at 10am Kilaguni, Chaimu and Ishanga came to drink at the stockade. It appears that Kilaguni Ishanga and Chaimu want to form their own group.
Tomboi arrived at the mud bath before the juniors and decided to wait for them. After finishing his second bottle of milk Bomani ran away with the empty bottle. The keepers begged him to bring it back but he just dropped it. Only Tomboi went into the water to wallow and the juniors just watched him from the edge of the mud bath. Sities went to the water trough, put her front legs into the water, and started splashing. Shukuru went to soil dust while Orwa went to scratch against the acacia trees. Tomboi soil bathed after wallowing and picked up a stick that he used to scratch himself with. In the afternoon, the temperatures were moderate and the orphans browsed calmly.

Kilaguni, Ishanga and Chaimu

Shukuru soil bathing

Tomboi scratching with a stick


It was a bright morning and the ex-orphans appeared very early in the morning to drink at the stockade water trough. Wendy, Yatta and Mulika with their babies, Naisula, Kibo, Kitirua, Melia, Suguta and Tumaren were among them. They drank water and the orphans came out of their stables and joined them. Orwa started playing with Naisula while Kora was playing with Rapsu. Later Rapsu played with a wild bull and Orwa interacted with Naserian. The orphans walked into the bush while the ex-orphans were left behind drinking water until they then headed off in a different direction.
In the bush Vuria, Garzi and Bomani browsed together. They passed by a mudbath near the Kone road junction and had an early wallow. Bongo, Vuria, Laragai, Garzi, Teleki and Narok played energetically in the mud bath. When the group returned to the bush they were joined by Tomboi who had some fun with Orwa as they walk towards the main mud hole to have their mid-morning milk. After their milk Laragai, Bongo, Vuria, Garzi and Kanjoro played and had fun in the mud, later running off to spray themselves with dust by tossing it in the air. It was very hot in the bush in the afternoon and Vuria, Garzi and Bomani browsing happily together. Shukuru led the back home in the evening.

Ex orphans at the stockade

Kora plays with Rapsu

Vuria having a wallow




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