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1/3/2018 

Laragai, who had let her group out the previous evening, reported early in the morning at the stockade compound. She was accompanied by Kithaka, Lemoyian, Garzi, Barsilinga, Sokotei, Enkikwe, Siangiki and Olsekki. The group welcomed their friends for yet another day out in the bush. Shortly later, Kibo, Chemi Chemi, Kalama, Murka, Kandecha, Kitirua and Naisula showed up and joined the orphans. Led by Laragai, the group headed towards the Kalovoto area where they settled to browse. Sapalan settled to browse with Namalok while Wanjala settled to browse with Kauro. Pare, one of the racing team members, settled to feed with Siangiki. At mud bath time, the orphans were briefly joined by Ex Orphans Galana, baby Gawa, Zurura, Madiba and Chyulu. The orphans preferred to have a mud bath in a small water hole a distance away from the main one. Namalok enjoyed splashing water behind his ears as Madiba stood on guard. Ukame loved playing with baby Gawa and if it were not for the intervention by keepers, she might even have left with Galana and Gawa since the game was so enjoyable, and she didnít think to walk back to her friends. Sapalan teamed up with Chyulu and Madiba and just as we thought that Sapalan would be snatched by the duo, to our surprise Madiba and Chyulu escorted Sapalan back to join his younger friends.

In the afternoon, Kauro took a break from feeding to participate in a soil dusting exercise and on the way back to the stockade, the orphans passed by the mud bath to cool off again in the hot weather.
 

Kibo with a big pile of lucerne


Sapalan and Namelok


Pare and Siangiki


Madiba, Namelok and Zurura

11/3/2017 

The orphans walked down to the lucerne feeding area and met with Madiba and some of the Ex Orphans where they started sharing lucerne. Kamok was scratching on a rock while Lemoyian and Enkikwe enjoyed a play fight. Olsekki and Sirimon, Madiba and Kithaka were also play-fighting. Later the group walked to the bush to browse.

Out in the bush, Lemoyian was playing and rolling on the ground as we enjoyed some drizzle last night and the earth was wet and fun to roll in. The weather was very cool today. After a few minutes, it started raining again and the elephants were very happy and active, with everyone trying to play in the rain. Kamok scratched on a rock for a bit and then all the orphans decided to walk to the mud bath area for their milk. During their usual mud bath time it was raining and no one wanted to play in the mud wallow, but instead they drank milk and then returned to the bush.

It was very wet but the orphans continued to feed to fill up their tummies before they returned home for the night. We recorded 8mm of rainfall today and we still expect more. As it is raining the Ex Orphans appear to have disappeared for the time being, as they usually do when the rains come and they have more access to food and water in the area.
 

Kamok scratching


Tusuja scratching after mud bath


Dupotto wall scratching games

11/1/2017 

Wendi, Wiva, Lualeni, Madiba, Loijuk, Sidai, Ololoo, Challa, Meibai, Naisula, Murka and Kitirua joined the juniors for lucerne in the morning. First Lualeni welcomed the juniors out, before rushing in the stockade to check whether there were any leftovers. Shortly later, Naisula, Murka and Kitirua escorted the juniors to the browsing field. Galla had a lone game of rolling on the ground as Olsekki played a pushing game with Sokotei. Olsekki lost the game to Sokotei and decided to approach Murka for a training session. Murka accepted to teach Olsekki some pushing techniques that Olsekki later used on Enkikwe. The playful Lemoyian tried his pushing skills on Kithaka but ended up losing to the naughty Kithaka. Shortly after mud bath time, Sirimon engaged Enkikwe in a strength testing exercise that saw Enkikwe surrender by walking away from Sirimon. Olsekki, who was watching from a distance, stepped forward and challenged Sirimon. Their game ended in a draw.  

Madiba feeding on lucerne in the Stockade


Orphans at the water trough


Sokotei and Enkikwe play fight

9/28/2017 

Mutara and her group reported to the stockade compound early in the morning. When the gates were opened for the juniors to come out, Mutara and her group rushed in to find out if there was anything left over for them to feed on. They walked out a short while later and settled for lucerne. Sokotei and Olsekki left with branches in their mouths but Shukuru and Siangiki forced Olsekki into sharing his with them by pulling it from his mouth. Naseku spent some time scratching on the nearby rocks and shortly later, the orphans were joined by Makireti, Kilabasi, Kasigau, Madiba, Zurura, Orwa, Narok, Vuria, bomani and two wild bulls. Kainuk briefly played with Vuria before turning to Orwa. At the browsing field, Kithaka started a pushing game with Garzi, a game that prompted Sokotei to start one with Olsekki. Five wild dogs tried to access the water at the stockade compound but unfortunately were chased away by Mutara who was guarding the water hole. At eleven o'clock in the morning, the orphans attended mud bath and there after returned back to the browsing field. The orphans settled to browse along the lower Kalovoto seasonal river where Sokotei spent some time dusting himself with soil.  

Mutara looking for food and Karisa


Naseku scratching her hind


Shukuru and Siangiki sharing branch with Olsekki


Dupotto and Ukame


Mutara chasing wild dogs

9/16/2017 

Eight wild elephants were drinking water at the stockade water troughs when the juniors were let out. After the orphans settled at the stockade compound, a wild mum with her four year old calf joined the juniors to feed on lucerne. Olare, Melia and Tumaren, who are eight and nine years old now, were in the company of the wild elephants and appear to have abandoned their group. Only time will tell if they have permanently abandoned them or if it is just a temporary thing! Shortly later, Galana and her small group consisting of Galana, Gawa, Loijuk, Lualeni and a junior wild elephant checked in and joined the dependent orphans to feed on lucerne.

Olsekki and Boromoko had a brief conversation while entwining their trunks and after Olsekki moved to play with Sokotei. Garzi played with Kithaka as Lemoyian tackled Boromoko. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by Madiba, Tumaren, Melia and Olare. Soon after mud bathing, Shukuru led the group to soil dust before heading out to browse. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse along the upper Kalovoto seasonal River and in the evening they returned back to the stockade safely for the night.
 

Galana and her herd


Olsekki and Boromoko messing around


Ex Orphan Zurura


Ex Orphan Ololoo

 

 

 

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