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Laragai who is torn between returning to the wild and remaining as stockade dependent orphan, managed to open the gate early before dawn and let Kithaka, Barsilinga, Garzi and Lemoyian from their night pen! The four boys, who are still milk dependent, didn't walk far but remained around the compound until morning when they got their six o'clock milk feed. Hardly a day passes without Kauro going to scratch himself on his lovely rock; today he enjoyed scratching his buttocks while still holding some lucerne in his mouth. A little while later, Shukuru led the orphans out of the compound.
At mud bath time, there was a commotion when Lemoyian decided to forcefully try and take Tusuja’s bottle of milk which he was holding himself and enjoying the contents of! Tusuja was quick to finish and didn't let go off the milk bottle, even as Lemoyian continued to push him to surrender it. Tusuja only dropped the milk bottle when he was done with the milk.
Out of the blue the Ex Orphans started arriving, mostly consisting of the females. Present in the group was Yatta, Mulika, Mwende, Yetu, Sunyei, Nasalot, Sidai, Lenana, Chyulu, Ithumbah, Makena, Loijuk, Kinna, her baby Kama, Galana, her baby Gawa, Wendi and baby Wiva, Ololoo, Meibai, then Orwa, Bomani, Teleki, Narok, Vuria and Bongo, as well as Makireti, Kilabasi, Kasigau, Kenze, Taita, Zurura, Naserian, Lualeni and five wild elephants. Barsilinga entwined his trunk with Nasalot to greet her as Laragai, Olsekki, Garzi and Shukuru walked to say hi to Wiva. Later Garzi played Ololoo as Olsekki settled to familiarize with himself with Lenana. Gawa teamed up with Lualeni and Naserian to wallow in the mud bath and shortly after, Gawa imitated Ithumbah by lying next to her and rolling on the ground. In the afternoon, the juniors were joined by Makireti, Kasigau, Narok and Kilabasi. It appeared that Narok had left the other boys with the senior Ex Orphans to see if she could fit into Makireti’s group. Boromoko tried to challenge Kilabasi but he was overpowered. Later in the evening, Makireti and her group escorted the juniors back to the stockade.

Lemoyian trying to steal Tusuja's milk

Makena enjoys mud bath

Olsekki greets Lenana


In the morning, soon after the juniors left the confines of their night stockades to head out to the browsing fields, Yatta, her baby Yetu, Nasalot, Makena, Wendi and her baby Wiva, Lenana, Ithumbah, Kinna and her recently born baby Kama, and Chyulu all arrived, for a surprise visit. With the rain, abundant food and filled waterholes the Ex Orphans are spending lengthy time away between visits. On this day the Ex Orphans grabbed some lucerne, reported in to say hello to the juniors, and then moved off west of the stockade, leaving the juniors wondering why they were in such a hurry.
For the juniors the morning was serious business, with full focus on feeding and enjoying the plentiful browse thanks to the onset of rains. Once the orphans reached the mud bath area they were joined by Narok’s group of semi-independent orphans; this group are spreading their wings now, and are now staying out at night, having recently upgraded themselves. While they are enjoying their freedom they are still much attached to the juniors and their keepers, and being still so young they visit regularly with their junior friends, and tend to catch up most days. Shukuru, Bongo, Laragai and Sirimon were tempted to participate in the mud bathing, and savored every minute while the others chose to rest up in the shade.
In the afternoon the weather changed; clouds gathered and it began to drizzle. By the time the orphans reached the stockades the rain fell heavily in sheets, and continued until about eight pm at night. In that short time two inches of rain fell which is a blessing, and was more rain in a single storm than what we have experienced in two years. We hope we get more storms like this one this rainy season.

Kinna, Kama and Kauro visit the stockades

Kama and nannies

Laragai enjoys the mud


Soon after leaving the stockade, the juniors were joined by Rapsu, Sunyei, Taita and two teenage wild bulls. After sharing lucerne, the juniors headed to browse in the area of Kanziku while the five senior wild elephants headed east of the stockade.

At mud bath time, the juniors were joined by Yatta and Mulika’s groups. Makena met with Garzi and they briefly engaged one another in a light strength testing exercise. Garzi surrendered and invited Vuria, his long time friend, to take over the pushing game with Makena. Gawa tried to challenge Kithaka before her mother whisked her away since she knew that by the way she was behaving towards Kithaka then she might end up being knocked down. After mud bath, Narok, Orwa, Bongo, Teleki and Bomani opted to join the Ex Orphans as the rest of their friends headed to the west of Ithumba Hill where they settled to browse. In the evening, the temperature was high so the orphans passed by mud bath to cool off since there was no sign of rain today. At nine o'clock at night, Orwa, Narok, Bomani, Bongo and Teleki reported back to the stockade after close to nine hours of adventure with the Ex Orphans.

Rapsu with the junior orphans

Kinna and Kama

Makena plays with Garzi

Ex Orphans Mulika and Makena

Kithaka, Gawa and Galana


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




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