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The weather this morning was cloudy and chilly following light showers received over night. This is an indication that the rainy season is on its way! After feeding on lucerne, Laragai, who at one time had left to be in the wild with her friends, but then later opted to return to the stockade, led the way to the browsing field. The no-nonsense girl who is feared by the boys because of her harshness, only has respect for Shukuru and Garzi. Laragai considers herself a grown-up and likes her privacy. She feeds a short distance away from her friends most of the time. She came across some rain water that had collected on a rock which she enjoyed drinking from before browsing again. Ukame briefly dusted herself with soil as the tuskless Lemoyian spent time trying to reach leaves high in the trees. Murka, Naisula and Kitirua joined the orphans out in the bush. Barsilinga briefly engaged Naisula in a play fight but Barsilinga bowed out when the going got tough for him. Six bulls attended mud bath and were calm enough to allow the orphans to share water with them. 

Laragai drinking rain water

Kitirua browsing with the orphans

Naseku and Galla sucking on their trunks

Karisa messing around


Kibo, Naisula, Kitirua and Murka, who are part of Olare’s group, joined the juniors for lucerne in the morning. After having enough lucerne, Shukuru walked to the water trough and shortly later welcomed Dad and his six friends who had reported for water. Shukuru then walked away giving space for Dad and his friends to drink water. After they had enough they walked off back into the bush, giving the orphans the opportunity to come and drink water before heading to the browsing field. Siangiki and Kamok briefly entwined their trunks in morning greetings while Garzi settled to scratch his belly on a termite hill. Lemoyian engaged Boromoko in a pushing game and later, as a show of dominance, attempted to ride on him. Later the playful Lemoyian engaged Tusuja in a strength testing game that ended when Lemoyian attempted to ride on him. Shortly before mud bath time , Kithaka engaged Sirimon in a similar pushing game while Wanjala settled to dust himself with soil.

Only Boromoko wanted to wallow in the mud bath as the rest of his friends concentrated on drinking water. Later, Boromoko played with Olsekki and their game ended in a draw. In the evening, the orphans passed by mud bath where they were joined by seven wild bulls to cool off. Late in the evening, thirty wild elephants reported for water at the stockade water troughs.

Shukuru drinking with Dad and his friends

Orphans all drinking water

Siangiki playing with Kamok

Garzi scratching on a termite hill


Kibo, Kitirua and Murka were standing outside the stockade when the orphans were let out. Tusuja left with a branch in his mouth that he continued to munch on as he waited for lucerne. Shortly later Olare, Kalama, Chemi Chemi, Melia, Tumaren, Naisula and wild orphan checked in and settled to share the lucerne with the juniors. Ten buffaloes emerged from south east side of the stockade and walked to the water trough where they settled for water. Kitirua spotted the buffaloes and headed towards them in a charging mood. The buffaloes stood their ground and refused to move even an inch. Kitirua had no option other than to calm down and join the buffaloes to drink water! Tusuja and Lemoyian started their day’s activities by engaging in a strength testing exercise where they all settled to browse. Karisa settled for a soil dusting exercise while Dupotto settled to browse with Kamok.

At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by Olare’s group and thirty five wild elephants. Soon after wallowing, Boromoko engaged Lemoyian into a pushing game that ended when Murka intervened by pushing the two boys away. In the afternoon, the sun was hot making the orphans take a break from feeding and relax under a tree until the temperature dropped to a favourable level, and then they resumed browsing again. In the evening, the orphans passed by mud bath and were again joined by Olare’s group for an evening cool-off. Later, Olare and her group escorted the juniors back to the stockade for the evening, before they walked off into the Park again.

Kitirua charging at buffalos

Kitirua sharing water with buffalos

Karisa soil dusting

Olare scratching

Evening wallow


Yatta and her group reported early at the stockade compound. The orphans were let out and briefly joined the Ex Orphans for lucerne before being led away by Shukuru. Tusuja and Boromoko had a warm up exercise that was done through a pushing game but Tusuja lost to Boromoko and decided to go and tackled Lemoyian. Ukame used her small tusks to peel bark from some trees.

Later on when the orphans went for their noon mild feed the weather was chilly and only Boromoko and Sirimon decided to go into the mud hole after. Eighteen wild bulls also came to drink water there. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area where Sirimon rode on Naseku before Galla turned on him and they had an argument that ended up as a wrestling match. In the evening Orwa, Vuria and Bomani, who appear to have formed a small group of boys, showed up at the stockade compound where they were joined later by Mutara’s group, Naisula, Murka, Kitirua, Makireti and Kilabasi. Shortly before dark, the junior Ex Orphan bulls left and walked away into the Park.

Tusuja plays with Boromoko

Ukame peeling bark

Sokotei feeding himself some milk

Sirimon climbing on Naseku


Shukuru, as usual left with a branch in her mouth this morning. The orphans walked straight to the water trough and joined two wild bulls that were drinking there. Then the orphans were joined by Galana, baby Gawa, Loijuk, Nasalot, Makireti, Kilabasi, Teleki, Chaimu, Kilaguni, Murka, Naisula and Kitirua. A family heard of wild elephants consisting of ten members also showed up for water at the stockade water troughs. Naseku played briefly with Gawa before following her group to the browsing field. Garzi and Barsilinga took a break from the morning browsing to engage in a pushing game that saw Garzi emerge as the winner. Their game also attracted Lemoyian and Boromoko who started a pushing game which ended in a draw as well.

Fifteen wild bulls were at the mud bath today when the orphans came for their milk. They joined them to drink water and to mud bathe as well. Boromoko had a game of riding on Naseku while Lemoyian rode on Sirimon. After mud bathing, Naseku headed for soil dusting while Olsekki engaged Boromoko in a pushing game. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the upper Kalovoto area.

Orphans drinking with wild elephants

Loijuk enjoying some lucerne grass

Lemoyian climbing on Sirimon

Wanjala and Roi coming in for their milk




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