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It was a quiet morning today with the orphans walking out of their respective stables to meet with the Ex Orphans Olare, Kibo, Kandecha, Chemi Chemi, Kalama, Kitirua, Naisula, Tumaren, Murka and Zurura. They drank water and interacted together around where they were eating Lucerne. Olare was play fighting with Orwa and after they had finished their game, they all walked to the Bush to browse. The new babies Sokotei, Boromoko and Sirimon were running around here and there. These three are always together in the bush. Orwa then met a young wild bull within a wild herd and started playing with him for some time, before he headed to the mudbath.

At mudbath they found Olare’s group of Ex Orphans already there and having long baths in the water. They started interacting and playing together; Kandecha greeted the new babies and played with them, welcoming them officially as the new male teenagers of Ithumba. Two wild bulls arrived to drink water and left shortly after. Chemi Chemi started playing with Vuria while Olare play fought with Orwa. Chemi Chemi was being funny by pulling some funny poses while play fighting with Vuria, and later the group headed to the bush for browsing. They came back home in the evening happily running for the milk one by one. After they were in their stockades, Wendi's group arrived in the late evening, with Wiva and Yatta with her baby Yetu too. There were almost twenty Ex Orphans and three wild bulls.


nasalot wiva bomani & sidai

mutara group

vuria running


The Ex Orphans were at the stockade compound early before the juniors were let out. When they were let out, Nasalot, Sidai, Lenana and Chyulu welcomed them out. Lenana walked with Boromoko to the water trough while Sidai walked with Sirimon. Wiva got into trouble with Orwa when she passed behind him. Orwa, who had been angered by Wendi after Wendi took lucerne from him, threw a back kick that landed on Wiva. Wiva complained and walked away to stand with her mum. Shortly later Wiva was escorted by Bomani to meet Sirimon and Boromoko. After sniffing one another for some time, Wiva left to join her nannies. Sokotei met with Chaimu and they entwined their trunks before parting ways. Vuria and Lemoyian lagged behind trying to pick up leftover lucerne as their friends left for browsing.
At the browsing field, Garzi opened up his day’s activities by engaging Barsilinga in a pushing game. Garzi emerged as the winner and walked to Vuria to gauge his strength by initiating a pushing game. This time round Garzi wasn't so lucky and he lost the game to Vuria. Lemoyian played with Bongo for Bongo this game was a complete walkover and he won the game easily. Sirimon and Sokotei shared food for sometime before Sirimon left to join Vuria. On their way to the mud bath, the orphans were joined by the Ex Orphans and twenty wild elephants. Sirimon, Boromoko and Sokotei had their first mud bath with the Ex Orphans and wild elephants. Kitirua took control of Sirimon and Boromoko briefly after mud bath as Ololoo engaged Orwa in a pushing game. Vuria tried tackling Meibai but Meibai was too strong for him and so he surrendered and left to play with Murka, a game that he too lost to Murka. Chemi Chemi engaged Teleki in a strength testing exercise that ended in a draw as Orwa tried to play Kitirua. In the afternoon Bomani played with Garzi and thereafter resumed to browse; in the evening Narok led the new babies back to the stockade.

nasalot sniffing at one of the new babies

wiva meets sirimon & boromoko

meibai plays vuria


It was a quiet morning today and the orphans had their breakfast peacefully; they were all happily and peacefully enjoying the lucerne when Suguta’s group of Ex Orphans comprised of Sities, Mutara, Turkwel, Kainuk and Kanjoro came in. Some wild bulls were just around the corner and came in for some water too. Laragai later tried to join them and share the same water trough with them, without any fear.After a fewminutes,a wild group came in with a young baby, accompanied by her mother; they drank water and left.
After eating lucerne, Bomani was very active and played vigorously, rolling on the ground. Narok was also playing, kneeling down on the ground. Later on,Orwa started scratching on the rock with Bomani in different styles.
Later out in the bush,Barsilinga and Garzi were busy playfighting while Orwa and Vuria concentrated on browsing. The juniors later met the second group of Ex Orphans comprised of Olare, Kitirua,Kibo,Naisula,Kandecha and Murka.They all interacted with Orwa, play fighting with Kitirua.Later on, Lemoyian led the group to mudbath.

At the mud bath we had a group of wild bulls with Half Trunk amongst them. They drank water and then some played in the mudbath with some of our orphans such as Bongo and Vuria.Narok was playing with Lemoyian before they headed back to the bush.
On their way back to the bush, Olsekki started testing his strength with Bomani by play-fighting. After Bomani won he started trying to climb on Olsekki as he pushed him.Olsekki with Enkikwe later started scooping and tossing chunks of soil in the air, with some landing on his head and back.Narok and Bomani later copied Olsekki and Enkikwe and started throwing soil in the air and some on their bodies. Narok started rolling on the ground while Vuria and Bomani played. They all walked back later that evening to the safety of the stockades.

Back in the stockade,we had a group of wills bulls who came to drink water and left.No other Ex Orphans came in today despite the cold weather in the area.

orphans & wild bulls

laragai joins wild bulls

olsekki soil dusting


The stockade compound was flooded by the senior Ex Orphans and several wild bulls early in the morning. When the juniors were let out they joined the Ex Orphans and settled for lucerne together. It was everybody for him and herself as the herd scrambled for lucerne. The seniors took large piles of Lucerne with their trunks leaving the juniors with the smallest share. Wiva tried to get some lucerne from her mum but amazingly enough Wendi denied her openly. Wiva comforted herself by clinging to her mum’s milk before Laragai came with her small pile of lucerne and offered Wiva to share. Wiva felt happy and stopped nursing so as to share the lucerne with Laragai. After feeding on lucerne Laragai engaged Mwende in a pushing game while Kibo played with Narok. Kitirua settled close to Siangiki and Enkikwe while Teleki tested his strength against Lenana. Kithaka, Lemoyian and Ololoo spent awhile scratching on the nearby rocks. Later, Enkikwe, Bomani, Laragai and Olsekki all wanted to play with Wiva. Wiva, in a playful mood, turned and pushed Bomani and then Enkikwe before running away. Makena entwined her trunk with Narok in morning greetings while Teleki moved to challenge Challa and later Mwende. Ololoo attempted to mount on Orwa, which angered him. Orwa disengaged himself from Ololoo and turned to defend himself. A battle ensued that lasted for sometime before Makena intervened and separated the two boys. Noticeable among the herd was Rapsu, who had been missing for quite a long time, and Teleki spent some time learning new pushing tactics from him. Teleki later walked over to Kenze and enjoyed a pushing game.

The dependent orphans parted ways with the Ex Orphans and headed east, while the Ex Orphans headed west of the stockade. It was quiet in the bush as the orphans concentrated on browsing. At mud bath time, the juniors were joined by Mutara’s group and twenty wild bulls. Kanjoro had pushing game with Narok that ended quite quickly when Narok surrendered. Noticeable at mud bath was a one tusker (a wild bull with one tusk) who we also had seen for quite some time. Teleki played with Vuria as he stood at the edge of mud bath while Vuria was in the mud. Barsilinga, Kithaka, Narok and Shukuru participated in a soil dusting exercise soon after mud bathing. Later, Mutara’s group teamed up with the orphans and headed north of the mud bath while the wild bulls headed towards Imenti area. The temperature was moderate and the orphans browsed calmly throughout the remaining part of the day.

Laragai plays with Mwende

Narok plays with Kibo

Narok and Rapsu




The orphans enjoyed their lucerne this morning without being disturbed by the Ex Orphans or wild elephants again. Orwa started scratching on the rock and later they walked out to the bush.

We received some sad news from Kassala gate today when some people found an elephant carcass. We were shocked and immediately made our way to the scene where we found the dead elephant on the ground. We were very sad and cross-checked carefully to see if it was one of our Ex Orphans or a wild elephant. We confirmed that he was a wild bull of an age between 16 to 20 yrs and the cause of death was that he was shot by two poison arrows, one on his right ear and another in his back. With KWS rangers and our anti-poaching team we removed the tusks and handed them to the KWS rangers.

Back in the bush our orphans were peacefully playing together. Vuria, Laragai, Bomani and Orwa were rolling on the ground. Vuria and Bongo started their usual play fight, then Narok led the group to mudbath. At the mudbath we had eight wild bulls who played vigorously in the mud together with the orphans. Kithaka was climbing on Barsilinga while Bongo and Vuria also swam deep in the water. Later on, they walked to dust bath and started dusting themselves. Garzi scooped chunks of soil and splashed some on his back; Vuria also enjoyed tossing soil in the air. Bongo was enjoyed peeling the bark from a tree branch and crushing it.

In the stockade we had young Ex Orphans namely Kandecha, Kibo, Kalama, Chemi Chemi, Olare, Kitirua, Naisula, Melia, Tumaren and Murka. They came to drink water and left. We had also a small group of wild bulls who drank water and left too. All the rest of the orphans are fine and ok.

Garzi browsing

Shukuru browsing


Vuria and Kithaka browsing together




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