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The stockade compound was flooded by over one hundred elephants simply coming for water this morning. Soon after the dependent orphans were let out, the Ex Orphans joined them as the wild elephants concentrated in drinking water. Laragai had the opportunity to meet Kama though very briefly, as she is in high demand! All the attention has now been directed to Kama leaving Wiva and Gawa with hardly any! To keep herself occupied, Wiva follows Kama around most of the time. Gawa as usual keeps herself close to her strict mother. Roi and Tusuja had brief strength testing exercise that ended soon when Makena pushed both of them away.

Out in the bush, Naseku teamed up with Roi to feed while Kithaka and Barsilinga had a pushing game that ended when Kithaka surrendered. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by the Ex Orphans again and wild elephants totalling one hundred and ten! It was like all the elephants in the world had come to mud bath. Noticeable were Half Trunk and Pembe, an elephant that was treated six days ago for an arrow wound. Pembe was looking fine and recovering well. Kama had the opportunity of her first mud bath ever since she was born three days ago. Wiva ran in trouble with Shukuru when she tried to mock charge at her. Shukuru walked towards Wiva and slapped her with her trunk, making her run to join Kama and Kinna. Laragai spent some time with Gawa as Lemoyian, Kamok, Roi and Oltaiyoni opted for a soil dusting session. In the afternoon, the sun was unbearable and the orphans took a break from feeding to relax under the trees. They only resumed browsing when it was cooler again.

Wendi and her herd arriving

Tusuja playing with Roi

Galana and Gawa

Wiva playing with Shukuru

Lemoyian soil dusting


Chaimu and Kilaguni joined the orphans for lucerne early in the morning. Soon after feeding on lucerne, Chaimu and Kilaguni left while the orphans headed to Kanziku area where they settled to browse. The weather was chilly and the orphans were happy since they didn't need to walk under trees while feeding. Olsekki took some time off from feeding to have a lone game of rolling on the ground and later joined Sirimon and Naseku in a soil dusting exercise. At mud bath time, the weather was still chilly and none of the orphans dared to step into the mud bathing water. Boromoko and Olsekki put their trunks in their mouths soon after taking their milk. Lemoyian engaged Barsilinga in a light strength testing exercise. Later Boromoko played with Olsekki, a game that he lost. In the afternoon, Sirimon settled to feed with Sokotei while Kauro settled to feed with Oltaiyoni. Later Sokotei joined Shukuru in a soil dusting exercise. In the evening, the Ex Orphans Yatta, Mulika, Nasalot, Galana, Lenana, Kenze, Lualeni, Meibai, Orok, Makena, Ololoo, Ishanga, babies Gawa and Wiva, Yetu Mwende and four wild bulls reported for water at the stockade water trough. The herd left to undisclosed location shortly before dark.  

Chaimu and Kilaguni joined the orphans

Orphans feeding on lucerne

Boromoko and Olsekki sucking on their trunks

Sirimon and Sokotei

Lualeni, baby Gawa and Kenze


It was quiet and a peaceful morning when the orphans left the stockade and settled for lucerne. Soon after feeding, Shukuru, who is now feeling a lot better and is active like her friends, led the way to the browsing field. Shukuru settled to feed with Olsekki while Enkikwe teamed up with his greatest friend Siangiki. The weather was cloudy and temperature appetizing as the orphans concentrated mainly on browsing. At mud bath time the Ex Orphans in the company of three wild bulls joined the orphans. The juniors intermingled with the Ex Orphans; Enkikwe engaged Chaimu in a pushing game while Boromoko played with Lemoyian. Barsilinga tried his hand on Makena but ended up losing the game terribly after Makena pushed him so hard he shouted. Garzi engaged Zurura in a light pushing game while Boromoko moved to play with Makena. Makena was gentle with Boromoko and she didn't handle him in the same ruthless manner as with Barsilinga! Laragai kept herself busy by babysitting Gawa. Later, Lemoyian wound up the mud bath activities by engaging Garzi into a strength testing exercise. The orphans parted ways with the Ex Orphans and headed to Kanziku area where they settled to browse for the remaining part of the day. 

Shukuru soil dusting

Chaimu with the orphans

Kithaka with Barsilinga


The sky was partly covered by clouds when the orphans were let out. Kilaguni, who had reported at the stockade compound early before dawn, joined the orphans for lucerne. Shortly later, Mutara and her group showed up and joined the juniors for lucerne. Tomboi emerged from the western side of stockade and also joined in feasting on the lucerne. On their way to the browsing field, Kanjoro engaged Garzi to a pushing game while Kilaguni had strength testing exercise with Orwa. At the browsing field, Barsilinga briefly engaged Garzi in a pushing game that ended in a draw while Enkikwe played with Olsekki. Naseku came across a nice tree that she used to scratch the left side of her belly on. At mud bath time, Shukuru emerged as the star of the day as she rolled and splashed water with her trunk while sitting in water. Sirimon got a free ride from Roi and later Sirimon climbed on Olsekki. After mud bath, Lemoyian engaged Kithaka in a pushing game that ended soon when Kithaka surrendered. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in Imenti area. Orwa and Olsekki took a break from feeding and relaxed under a tree. Laragai and Kithaka then did the same.

In the afternoon the sun was still hot prompting the orphans to pass by mud bath for an evening cool off. Shortly after five o'clock in the evening, wild elephants in the company of a few Ex Orphans started trickling into the stockade to drink from the water trough. Members of the Ex Orphans present included Yatta, Yetu, Mulika, Mwende, Lualeni, Orok, Buchuma, Makena, Nasalot and Ololoo. Soon a total of fifty elephants were at the stockade drinking water and as soon as they had enough, the elephants left back into the Park.

Kilaguni and Tomboi

Enkikwe playing with Olsekki

Sirimon climbing on Roi

Kithaka playing with Lemoyian

Evening mud bath


The Ex Orphans consisting of Wendi, Wiva, Galana, Gawa Loijuk, Lualeni and her boyfriend Taita, as well as Lenana, Chyulu, Zurura Meibai, Sidai, Makena, Naserian, Ithumbah, Ololoo and Tomboi were at the stockade compound early in the morning. Babies Gawa and Wiva were in a playful mood and as soon as the orphans were let out, Wiva engaged Roi in a pushing game. She later played with Olsekki Laragai, Bomani and Narok. Orwa played with Ololoo for a while and later Orwa and Oltaiyoni tried to leave with the Ex Orphans. The keepers intervened and took them back to join their friends.

Out in the bush Kithaka played with Barsilinga as Vuria soil dusted. At mud bath time, the sun was really hot and all the orphans participated in wallowing. Two Egyptian geese also attended mud bath and this brought a standoff between them and Bongo. The geese stood their ground by not moving away which made Bongo surrender his mission of chasing them away and continue his business of wallowing. After mud bath Lemoyian participated in a soil dusting exercise where he was joined by Barsilinga. Orwa and Shukuru scratched against nearby trees. Later Lemoyian and Boromoko relaxed under a tree that had good shade but kept themselves busy with a pushing game, while enjoying the cool shade. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse north of the mud bath. In the evening they passed by mud bath again where they participated in an evening cooling off.

Wildborn babies Gawa and Wiva with the Ex Orphans

Wiva playing with Narok

Wiva with Ex Orphan Makena

Bongo charging at geese

Lemoyian soil dusting




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