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In the morning, the stockade was flooded with Ex Orphans, one Tusker, Half Trunk and several other wild elephants. Missing were Galana, baby Gawa, Naserian, Sunyei, Mulika, Loijuk, Mwende, Yatta, Yetu and Lualeni. Kinna was standing in as the matriarch and led her group to where the orphans always get lucerne. Unfortunately there was not very much as the stockades waited for the lorry to arrive. After Kinna waited for some time and nothing came, the herd left and shook their heads with disappointment. As they were leaving, Kenze climbed on Makena while Kilaguni had strength testing exercise with Ololoo.

Out in the Park, Sirimon competed with Siangiki on who could stretch their trunks up the highest to pluck some leaves from the trees. Galla settled to browse with Oltaiyoni while Boromoko chose to browse with Lemoyian.

At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by the Ex Orphans and forty five wild elephants. Noticeable was a wild elephant called Masikio who has a collapsed ear, Yetu and Mwendeís father. Wiva had a good time playing with Lemoyian, Oltaiyoni and later with Suguta too. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area. Oltayoni settled to browse with Tusuja and Sirimon with Boromoko. In the evening, forty wild elephants came for water at the stockade and left shortly before dark.

Ex-orphans at the stockade early morning

One Tusker visits the stockades

Ololoo plays with Kilaguni


After having their milk, the orphans were let out into the cool and cloudy morning. Lemoyian kept trying to climb on Siangikiís back which she was most displeased with and Tusuja and Boromoko had some fun pushing each other back and forth. Their game attracted Sirimon and Enkikwe to have a go themselves, testing each otherís strength. Kamok spent some of her time scratching her belly on the nearby rocks.

On the way to the browsing fields the orphans were joined by Makena. Barsilinga, who is a bit cheeky and enjoys challenging his seniors, proceeded to push Makena to provoke a game. The game between them didnít last long but prompted Garzi to have a go pushing Makena; it was safe to say Makena was the victor in this round. At the mud bath, the orphans were joined by some Ex Orphans in Yatta and Galanaís group along with some wild bull elephants. Gawa spent some time interacting with the orphans before being taken away by her nanny, Murka. The orphans took part in some soil dusting before heading back to the browsing field.

In the afternoon Lemoyian tried jumping on the back of Tusuja, Tusuja was not happy about this and turned around quickly to defend himself. The rest of the day was spent quietly browsing.

Makena playing with Barsilinga

Gawa with the orphans

Gawa running and playing

Tusuja leading


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 Tusujaís 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 Makiretiís 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 Narokís 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 Mulikaís 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




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