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Soon after leaving the stockade, the orphans were joined by Olare and her group. Ten wild elephants were busy taking water at the water trough as the orphans settled for lucerne. Soon after the orphans fed on lucerne, Olare and her group escorted the juniors to the bush. The weather was chilly and the orphans browsed calmly throughout the morning without any major observation. Olare’s group reappeared again at mud bath this time with seven members only. Kitirua, Murka and Naisula, the three missing in the group, appeared to have taken a break to be with another group somewhere else. Boromoko and Sokotei joined Chemi Chemi in drinking water before their friends joined them later. Garzi tried to challenge Kalama but he was overpowered and this prompted him to surrender. Lemoyian had a brief chat with Tumaren as they settled to share food from the same shrub. Later in the afternoon, the clouds cleared giving way to sun shine. Bomani and Teleki snuck away from the keepers and only shortly before five o'clock in the evening were they located as they headed towards Imenti area. In the evening, close to thirty wild elephants reported for water at the stockade water trough and left soon after drinking their fill.  

Olare coming in

Chemi Chemi arriving for lucerne

Olare's group drinking water

Melia scratching

Lemoyian chatting with Tumaren


Half an hour after the orphans left the stockade, Olare and her group checked in. The group had been away for long and where happy to be back. They shared lucerne with the juniors. Orwa was happy to have friends that he could play with and teamed up with Murka, Chemi Chemi, Naisula, Kitirua and Kibo as they walked to the water trough for water. Shortly later, the orphans left for browsing, leaving Olare and her group still at the stockade compound. At the browsing field, Sirimon came across a suitable tree stump that was of the right size to scratch his neck. He was later pushed away by Barsilinga who wanted to use the tree stump to scratch his chin. After mud bath, the orphans settled to browse at Kone area. Naseku settled to browse with Siangiki while Kithaka teamed up with Barsilinga. 


Ex Orphan Chemi Chemi

Ex Orphan Kibo

Sirimon scratching his neck

Naseku and Siangiki


During bottle feeding times, whether it is out in the bush or at the mud bath visiting time, it is funny to watch the leader of the group, Mbegu, go from one orphan to the next and putting her trunk in their mouth and sucking any milk up off the floor that they might have spilt as well. She has always done this and even in her stockade in the afternoon, she makes sure to suck up all the milk off the ground if she spilt any from her bottle. She makes sure nothing goes to waste!

Close to 2pm today we received a report from one of our vet units of an orphan that needed rescuing from the Amboseli. A rescue team was sent out and they met up with the rangers who had found the orphan down a water hole during their daily patrol. The calf was found within the Kitirua Community Conservancy in Langolo area. It seemed the calf had been there awhile but had no major injuries, just some bruises to the forelegs. The calf was very young and in quite poor condition having been without mother’s milk but she was rescued and taken back to the Nairobi Nursery.

Mbegu being bottle fed

Mbegu enjoying her milk

Orphans all our browsing

Walking in a line with Luggard at the back


Murka, Naisula and Kithaka who still seem to have seceded from Olare’s group were at the stockade compound early in the morning. When the orphans had their morning milk, they left their stockades and joined the three junior Ex Orphans. Together they settled for lucerne and soon after feeding, Narok engaged Kitirua in a strength testing exercise while Orwa played with Murka. Murka and her group escorted the orphans to the browsing field. On the way, Boromoko came across a fallen tree that he used to scratch his neck on while Orwa enjoyed a game of rolling on the ground. The sun was really hot and the orphans tried as much as they could to feed under the trees with shade.

At eleven o'clock in the morning, Murka and her group accompanied the juniors to the mud bath. Given the high temperature, all the orphans participated in wallowing in the mud. Teleki emerged as the star of the day as he remained in the water longer than the rest. Even Bongo the water boy had enough of wallowing and left Teleki still wallowing in the mud. Barsilinga engaged Garzi in a pushing game that ended in a draw, and later moved to challenge Laragai. Laragai never entertains any nonsense and pushed Barsilinga out of the way and walked to a nearby acacia tree that she used to scratch her belly on. In the afternoon, the sun was still hot and the orphans took a break from feeding to converge under a tree to cool off. When the temperature dropped to a favourable level, the orphans came out from hiding and resumed to browse.

Narok playing with Kitirua

Barsilinga playing with Garzi

Barsilinga playing with Laragai

Orphans under the shade of trees


Murka, Naisula and Kitirua, who have separated from Olare’s group it seems, were at the stockade compound early in the morning. It was a cloudy and cold morning has we received some showers early before dawn. The three junior Ex Orphans joined the orphans to feed on lucerne and since it had been a while since they had last tasted it, the three kept pushing the orphans away so as to have most of the lucerne. After feeding on lucerne, Murka, Kitirua and Naisula escorted the orphans to the browsing field. The orphans browsed calmly throughout the entire morning and at mud bath time Laragai and Lemoyian gave four warthogs a hard time by denying them the access to the water. The warthogs surrendered but came back when the orphans had returned back to the browsing field. Barsilinga and Narok spent some time in a strength testing exercise while Kithaka engaged Lemoyian in a pushing game. The afternoon was quiet as the orphans browsed calmly throughout the remaining part of the day without any major events. 

Murka eating with the dependent orphans

Naisula having a good scratch

Kitirua and Naisula

Laragai and Lemoyian chasing warthogs

Kithaka plays with Lemoyian




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