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8/16/2016 

Madiba, Ololoo and a wild elephant joined the juniors in the morning immediately after the orphans settled for lucerne. A while later, Mulika and Yatta’s groups in the company of several wild elephants arrived for water. Some of the Ex Orphans like Wendi, Mulika, Challa, Lualeni, Sunyei, Makena, Lenana, Chyulu and Loijuk invaded the juniors who were feeding, which made them withdraw from the venue. Garzi kept himself busy by scratching on the acacia tree while Enkikwe settled to feed on the fallen acacia pods. Orwa, Narok and Bomani surrounded Wiva as each tried to play with the baby. Sokotei had an opportunity to interact with Wiva as she tried to push him. Sokotei didn't take Wiva seriously but ignored her and left to drink water. Orwa threw a back kick when Wiva was passing behind him. The kick landed on Wiva but she didn't complain as she continued with her games and interacting with the orphans. Orwa then walked to play with Kithaka as Teleki challenged a junior wild elephant, while Vuria played with Makena. At the browsing field, Barsilinga engaged Garzi in a pushing game that didn't last for long.

Towards eleven o'clock in the morning, the weather changed abruptly and the cloudy sky gave way to showers. Boromoko led the way to the mud bath where the orphans drank their milk bottles and some water before returning back to the browsing field. Laragai had a brief conversation with Lemoyian before Lemoyian went to play with Teleki, Bongo, Garzi and finally with Sokotei who he attempted to climb on. In the evening Mutara and her group of six showed up at the stockade for water and stayed until dark which was an indication that they were intending to spend the night just outside the stockade.
 

Madiba and Ololoo with the orphans


Ex Orphan Sunyei in the compound


Naughty Orwa kicking Wiva


Sokotei talking with Wiva


Bomani, Wiva and Yatta

8/8/2016 

The stockade compound was flooded by one hundred and twenty elephants this morning. This included Ex Orphans and wild elephants. Three elephant calves that were aged less than one year were present, including Wiva and other two other calves, all girls which is good given the high number of bulls within the area. Shukuru was looking dull and walked down to pick the acacia pods that she likes so much. Enkikwe left with a branch in his mouth which he kept himself busy feeding on, since he knew very well that with the very high number of elephants in the stockade compound, the chances of ever getting to the lucerne were minimal. Garzi engaged Melia in a light pushing game and later played with Makena. Shortly later, the orphans left for browsing leaving the former orphans and wild elephants still drinking water at the stockade.

At the browsing field, Bongo engaged Lemoyian in a pushing game while Barsilinga played with Garzi. Olsekki tried to bully Boromoko by climbing on him as Orwa engaged Kithaka in a pushing game. Shukuru was feeding slowly and looked dull just like the weather of the day. At mud bath time the weather was still dull and none of the orphans wanted to step into the cold water. Garzi kept himself busy by trying to uproot roots of an acacia tree while Enkikwe used a tree stump to scratch his itchy foot. Later, Garzi played with Barsilinga while Bongo played with Vuria. As the orphans prepared their exit from the mud bath, the Ex Orphans and wild elephants started checking in one by one. Bomani entwined his trunk with Loijuk in greeting and later engaged Ololoo in a pushing game that he lost miserably.
 

Enkikwe with a branch


Elephants in the stockade compound


Loijuk with little Bomani


Buchuma arriving


Wiva with the Ex Orphans

8/5/2016 

The stockade compound was flooded with Ex Orphans and wild elephants totaling up to eighty elephants this morning! It was very difficult for the dependent orphans to maneuver due to the heavy elephant traffic jam. At last they managed to make their way through after experiencing some hostility from some of their seniors. Orwa, who likes to challenge his seniors, engaged Ololoo in a pushing game while Narok settled scores with Makena. Bomani kept following Wiva and at one time attempted to climb on her! The keepers shouted at Bomani to stop misbehaving towards the little one and Bomani ran away. Bomani met with Olsekki and threatened to push him but Olsekki stood his ground and tackled Bomani. Teleki engaged Lenana in a pushing game but ended up losing. Soon it was time to leave for browsing and Kithaka led the way as the rest of his friends followed behind him.

At the browsing field, Bomani played with Lemoyian as Olsekki settled to browse with Enkikwe. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by four wild bulls. The orphans that had occupied the water trough, retreated to allow their seniors to have water. Garzi and Bomani kept themselves busy by engaging each other in a pushing game. Later Bomani tackled the fearless Olsekki as Garzi turned on Barsilinga while Kithaka played with Lemoyian. Olsekki felt that the bulls were taking to much time at the water trough and he couldn't wait any longer to have a drink, so he walked straight up to the water trough to the amazement of the other orphans. The other orphans watched what would happen to Olsekki but he just settled to drink water with the bulls. It was only then that Orwa, Barsilinga, Bongo, Bomani, Enkikwe and Garzi gathered enough courage and started walking towards the water trough, but fear took over when they were close to the bulls as they turned and left for browsing instead. Only Bongo went wallowing today.

In the afternoon, Orwa settled to browse with Vuria while in the evening Mutara and her group showed up for water. Kainuk has rejoined Mutara’s group as they have been staying close to water points. Only time will tell how long she will stay in that herd though.
 

Orwa plays with Meibai


Lenana and little Teleki


Garzi and Bomani


Olsekki joining the bulls to drink water


Teleki climbing on Vuria

7/20/2016 

The stockade compound was flooded by sixty elephants, Ex Orphans, our junior orphans and wild elephants. It was very difficult for the juniors to eat their lucerne peacefully since the Ex Orphans were too rough with them. Bomani tried to play with Makena but she proved to be too rough with him so he quit the game. In an effort to minimize conflict with the seniors just over lucerne, Shukuru led her group to the browsing field. Boromoko, Sokotei and Sirimon browsed together while Siangiki, Enkikwe and Olsekki formed their own small group to feed together.
At eleven o'clock in the morning, Boromoko led the first group to the mud bath. Present at mud bath were the Ex Orphans and ten wild bulls. Zurura and Kenze joined Boromoko, Sokotei and Sirimon in mud bathing. Shortly later, the orphans settled to dust with soil. As the soil dusting exercise was in progress, Vuria the warthog chaser saw warthogs approaching from a distance. He stopped soil dusting and went after the warthogs at a very high speed. The warthogs didn’t wait but turned with their tails in the air and disappeared as fast as their legs could carry them. Vuria was left charging at the bushes as the warthogs disappeared without a trace. Kilaguni engaged Orwa in a pushing game that didn't last long as Orwa withdrew to go and play with Kilabasi instead. In the afternoon, Bomani browsed close to Sokotei as Bongo, Enkikwe, Barsilinga, Siangiki, Laragai and Boromoko went back to soil dusting once more.
 

ex orphans & wild elephants


zurura & kenze joins boromoko sokotei & sirimon


vuria chasing warthogs

7/5/2016 

It was a quiet morning when the orphans left the stockade and settled for lucerne. Only two wild elephants were present at the water trough at that time. Soon after they had enough water, the two wild elephants approached the orphans in a slow measured walk, trying to find out what exactly was happening. They mingled with the orphans for a while and retreated the moment they spotted the keepers. Shortly later, Mulika’s group consisting of Mulika, Mwende, Wendi, Wiva, Sidai, Lualeni, Ololoo, Naserian, Loijuk, Makena and Lenana showed up at the stockade compound. Laragai, Orwa and Bomani mobbed at Wiva as each tried to play with the baby. Bomani was lucky to have a light pushing game with Wiva as Narok quit to play with Mwende. Moments before heading for browsing, Orwa engaged Mwende in a pushing game too. Kilaguni and Chaimu came to stockade after Mulika and the orphans had left for browsing. Challa, Rapsu and Zurura, who are slowly withdrawing from Mulika and Yatta’s herd to join the bachelor herds, passed by the stockade in the company of a wild bull.
The sun was really hot but this didn't deter the orphans from carrying out the browsing activities as they looked forward to having a nice mud bath at eleven o'clock. At mud bath time, it was all quiet without any outsider visiting the water hole. The orphans went for drinking water first, soon after having their milk,and then walked down to cool off by getting into the mud. Siangiki and Shukuru led their friends in a soil dusting exercise soon after mud bathing. Only Bongo and Vuria remained in the water as Bongo tried to block Vuria from coming out of the mud. Finally Vuria managed to fight his way out. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in theKanziku area and browsed calmly throughout the remaining part of the day.
 

mulika group


wendi & wiva


kilaguni & chaimu

 

 

 

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