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It was a quiet morning today. The orphans settled for lucerne without disturbance from any outsiders. Bomani, Siangiki and Barsilinga spent awhile scratching on the nearby rocks. On the way to the browsing field, Garzi and Kithaka came across a fallen tree that they used to scratch their bellies on. When they were finished the two boys started a strength testing exercise that saw Garzi emerge as the winner. Kithaka walked to tackle Bongo but he lost the game to and he saw the only option left was to settle for browsing. Lemoyian, the little tough guy, decided to test his strength against Orwa who is much bigger than him. Lemoyian obviously lost to Orwa and walked off to watch Vuria and Bongo's strength testing game, as if to acquire some new skills that would help him in fighting his fellow age mates. After Bongo and Vuria’s game was over, Lemoyian went to practice what he had seen and learnt on Bomani. Meanwhile Barsilinga tried to bully Boromoko by attempting to climb on him. Boromoko ran towards his keepers making Barsilinga surrender since he knew very well that he would be told off by the keepers.

At mud bath time, it was all quiet without any wild visitors. The orphans wallowed soon after drinking their milk then returned back to the browsing field. Bomani played with Olsekki and later climbed on him while Vuria played with Barsilinga. Later, the sun was so hot making the orphans want to converge under a tree as they continuously flapped their ears to cool off. In the evening, Olare and Makireti’s groups showed up at the stockade. Missing from Olare’s group this evening were Murka, Naisula, Kitirua and Chaimu who must have decided to stay out in the bush.

Bomani playing with Olsekki

Orphans relaxing under a tree

Melia eating lucerne

Tumaren eating lucerne

Chemi Chemi walking out


The stockade compound was flooded with elephants early in the morning, both Ex Orphans and wild elephants. It was difficult for the juniors to maneuver their way through the jam as the Ex Orphans also wanted to access the stockade. Bomani engaged Kibo in a pushing game as Garzi played with Kitirua. Vuria tackled Chemi Chemi in a game that he lost miserably. Teleki tried Olare but Olare proved to be so much stronger than him so he surrendered. At the browsing field, Orwa attempted to mount on Boromoko as Garzi settled for a strength testing exercise with Barsilinga. Kithaka settled to share feeding on one shrub with Narok, while Barsilinga withdrew from playing with Garzi and went to play with Laragai instead, a game that didn't last for long as Bongo interrupted by pushing them away. Olsekki played with Bomani but their game came to an end when Bomani attempted to climb on Olsekki. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by the Ex Orphans and some wild elephants too. Vuria played with Kitirua and after losing the game to Kitirua, he went to play with Chemi Chemi. Wiva was escorted by her nannies for a soil dusting exercise that lasted for quite some time. Later, the Ex Orphans headed to the stockade while the juniors headed to the Kanziku area where they settled to browse. 

Kithaka feeds with Narok

Olsekki and Bomani playing

Orphans and Ex Orphans at mud bath

Wiva soil dusting aurrounded by nannies

Mulika and her baby Mwende


Four wild bulls were drinking water at the stockade water trough this morning. After feeding on lucerne, the juniors headed to Kalovoto area where they settled to browse. Kainuk, who seems to have severed links with her group for now, emerged from the bushes and joined the juniors. Her old group headed by Mutara, was last seen on first this month. Kainuk, although she arrived with a wild herd, has refused to join any other group apart from the orphans which is lead by Shukuru at the moment. On the way to the mud bath, the orphans were joined by Makireti’s group that had eight members instead of the usual three members. The extra members were Chaimu, Kilaguni, Kitirua, Naisula and Murka. Its original members were Makireti, Kilabasi and Kasigau. Kitirua, Murka and Naisula appear to have left their group which is headed by Olare; we will see if this is temporary or permanent!

Six bulls showed up at mud bath and amongst them was Limpy, a wild elephant that was treated several months ago with a snared leg. Four warthogs also tried to access the mud bath but without success as Narok spotted them and signaled her friends by trumpeting that there were intruders who wanted to access their mud bath. Narok then charged and ran towards the warthogs who ran and hid on the northern bank of the mud bath, only to reappear when Narok had gone for soil dusting. Lemoyian spotted them and tried to scare them away as well but the warthogs stood they ground; so as not to face any further embarrassment Lemoyian pretended that he hadn't seen them. He picked a dry broken branch and carried it off in his trunk as he headed back to the bush. Bomani and Teleki couldn't understand why Lemoyian had given up in chasing the warthogs and so offered to help. The two boys ran towards the warthogs and warthogs kept on running round the mud bath which made Bomani and Teleki also want to surrender! Teleki was frustrated and decided to take this out on Kilabasi by engaging her in a pushing game. Vuria ‘the warthog chaser’, who never gives up easily, was the one who was able to bring to an end the game of chasing the warthogs away. Vuria pursued the warthogs until he made sure that they had completely disappeared into the bushes. With his head high, Vuria returned back to join his friends after succeeding in accomplishing the mission.

Boromoko led the way back to the browsing field as the rest of the herd followed behind him. Two hours later, Makireti and her group left leaving Kainuk with the juniors. Olsekki spent some time soil dusting and around five in the afternoon, Sokotei led the first group back to the stockade. In the evening, Kainuk found her group at the stockade waiting for her. It was a happy moment for Kainuk to see her friend Turkwel again.

Four bulls at the stockade this morning

Kilaguni walking in

Lemoyian leading

Wild bull joining the orphans

Teleki and Bomani charging at the warthogs


The orphans had a quiet morning. As soon as they were through with feeding on lucerne, under the leadership of Shukuru they headed to Kalovoto area where they settled to browse. Only two bulls showed up at the stockade to drink water.

At mud bath time, Half Trunk in the company of five wild bulls showed up early before the orphans. Boromoko led Sokotei and Sirimon in the first group as they came for their mid day bottle feeds. Soon after drinking his milk, Boromoko headed straight into the water to wallow. Then he walked up to the loose soil where he lay down to play. Sirimon, who was all this time following Boromoko, took advantage of the game to climb on Boromoko. As mud bathing was going on, Kainuk, in the company of a wild mum with her two daughters and another older girl, reported to the mud bath. Kainuk, used to belong to Mutara’s group and where she met this wild cow we are not sure but it must have been whilst they were walking far away from the stockade over the last few days. If this happens to be the case, then Turkwel might also quit Mutara’s group to join Kainuk as they are so close; only time will tell what the Ex Orphans will do this dry season. Half Trunk joined the orphans to mud bath as Vuria tried to block one of the daughters belonging to the wild female from accessing mud bath. The girl retreated to her mum as Vuria pursued her. Vuria got a rude shock when he was warned off by the wild mother though and he had no option other than to surrender and walk away.

The orphans settled for soil dusting soon after having enough of wallowing. Bomani took advantage of climbing on Teleki who was rolling on the ground. Just as the orphans were leaving, Yatta’s group consisting of Yatta, Yetu, Sidai, Loijuk, Chyulu, Meibai, Ololoo, Lualeni, Kinna, Nasalot, Wendi, Wiva, Ishanga, Kenze, Madiba and Sunyei showed up at mud bath. Orwa challenged Chyulu for awhile before deciding to follow his friends. Kainuk joined the juniors to browse for rest of the day. In evening, Makireti, Kilabasi, Kasigau, Chaimu, Kilaguni, Naisula, Kitirua and Murka came for water at stockade and shortly before dark left with Kainuk.

Half Trunk joins the orphans to mud bath

Vuria playing with a wild girl

Vuria with wild mother and daughter

Bomani climbing on Teleki

Wiva following Ololoo


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




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