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4/6/2015 

Contrary to our expectation, the morning was dry. Before dark, it had indicated that it would rain, but the rain has remained elusive despite all the surrounding areas enjoying some huge storms. Orwa left the stockade with a branch in his mouth and dropped it immediately when he was out of the stockade. Yatta and Suguta groups were at the stockade compound after arriving shortly before dawn. Lenana tried to entice the juniors by lying down but the young ones were not interested in Lenana's game. Kalama picked the branch that Orwa had dropped and tried to feed whatever had been left in it. Kitirua played with Bomani and later engaged Orwa in a strength testing exercise. The exercise ended when Orwa surrendered. Shukuru, Narok and Garzi spent a good long time scratching on the rocks at the stockade compound before heading for browsing

At mud bath time, Bongo, Shukuru, Laragai and Vuria participated in wallowing but it was Shukuru that wallowed for longest. Laragai and Vuria teamed up to chase four warthogs that they saw approaching. The warthogs ran away as Vuria trumpeted as he ran towards them. He finally returned satisfied that the four warthogs had disappeared. Mutara led the way back to browsing field. The afternoon was quiet and the elephants enjoyed feeding and being together and by evening all storm clouds had gone leaving clear blue with little chance of rain. 

Lenana lying down to entice orphans to play


Kalama with Orwa's stick and Bomani


Kitirua playing with Bomani


Shukuru scratching on the stockade rocks


Laragai chasing warthogs.

4/3/2015 

Ex orphans Kalama, Chemi chemi, Murka, Naisula, Kandecha, Olare, Suguta, Kibo, Tumaren, Melia and Kituria arrived at the stockade compound early before dawn and decided to take a nap all lying down, this is an indication just how comfortable they are at a place they consider home. The group woke up when they heard the stockade gate being opened.

Narok was the first one to leave the stockade, with Garzi following her closely behind. Garzi with his trunk raised walked towards Kitirua. Kitirua threatened Garzi with her ears raised. Garzi retreated to avoid being pounced on by Kitirua. Later Garzi went to play with Bomani but their pushing game was cut short by Sities when Sities came in between them and even pushed Bomani away. Bomani went up to scratch his belly on rocks but later Orwa wanted to use the same rock to scratch and so he pushed Bomani away. The partially independent group parted with the juniors two hours later.

At eleven o'clock in the morning, the sun was really hot and Orwa, who rarely bathes, was the third one to get into the mud after Teleki and Vuria. Bomani, Laragai, Bongo and Shukuru joined them later. After mud bathing, Shukuru and Orwa shared the same tree in scratching while Vuria and Bomani shared another tree in the same exercise. In the afternoon, clouds gathered and covered the sun. The cloud cover brought down the temperatures to a favourable level. Mutara teamed up with Bongo on browsing while Garzi browsed close Sities. Towards evening, the clouds cleared and this gave way to sun shine. Bongo the water boy decided to lead his colleagues to the mud bath for a second wallowing of the day. Orwa, Bomani, Kanjoro, Vuria and Mutara were not ready for a second mud bath and so they headed to the mudbath of their own accord with the Keepers trailing behind. When they were leaving, a lone wild bull came to drink water at the water trough.

Today ex orphans Chaimu and Kilaguni checked in at the stockade water trough and left soon after taking enough water. At dusk, half trunk who we have not seen for many moons reported at the stockade with twelve wild friends. Soon after taking enough water, the herd returned back to the bush. It is always lovely to reunite with our wild friends, and these bulls have long absences but return to visit their orphans friends.
 

Bomani and Garzi having a pushing game


A wild elephant came for a drink


Kilaguni and Chaimu visited the stockade


Half Trunk visited at dusk

3/24/2015 

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

3/12/2015 

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

2/24/2015 

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 Sugutaís 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 Makiretiís 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

 

 

 

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