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3/12/2016 

Wendi with several members of the former orphans were at the stockade compound early this morning. This group consisted of Wendi, Wiva, Nasalot, Galana, Makena, Loijuk, Chyulu, Zurura, Challa, Sunyei and Sidai. Itís not clear whether this is a new group in the making since Mulika and Yatta, the matriarchs, were not present. If itís not a sub-group then Yatta and Mulika with the other Ex Orphans had embarked on a special mission. Narok exchanged morning greetings with Nasalot soon after leaving the stockade then she met with Sidai and they entwined their trunks in morning greetings. Orwa kept himself busy by engaging Makena in a strength testing exercise. As the juniors left for browsing, Orwa lagged behind with Wendi and her group as he enjoys the company of his seniors.

After having enough fun with Makena, Orwa slowly followed the rest of the orphans out into the bush.
It was a sunny day but the orphans werenít bothered by the sun and concentrated on browsing. At the mudbath only Teleki, Bongo and Kanjoro enjoyed a good wallow whilst the rest stood at the edge of the mudbath drinking and watching the three boys. Vuria picked up a piece of stick and used it to scratch in between his forelegs. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse around the Imenti area and in the evening they were joined by Challa who escorted them back to the stockade.
 

Makena and Orwa


Zurura


Challa


Chyulu


Narok greets Sidai

3/11/2016 

The sky was clear as the orphans nonchalantly left the stockade; an indication of a hot day a head. Orwa scratched his head against the only remaining acacia tree at the stockade compound while is good friend Bongo participated in a strength testing exercise with Vuria which he lost. Bomani and Laragai walked down to the water trough where they loitered for a while to make sure they had drunk enough to last them all morning. In the browsing field, Garzi settled to browse with Kainuk as the rest of the juniors scattered all over the field for browsing.

Shortly before mud bath time, the orphans came across stagnated water that they used for a mini mud bath; a welcome relief from the hot day. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined briefly by the Ex Orphans and Narok went to stand close to Wiva who was suckling from her mother, Wendi. After mud bath Kanjoro engaged Ex Orphan Meibei in a pushing game but he lost to Meibei. Teleki was standing close by and he too tried to challenge Meibei but he also lost to the much older elephant. After Teleki lost to Meibei, he decided to tackle Makena thinking that she was softer than the other two but he was surprised when he lost yet again. Orwa and Ololoo had their own game of pushing one another that ended in a draw after which they parted ways.
In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse at Kone area where Bongo teamed up with Shukuru for browsing. The afternoon was hot and in the evening the orphans stopped at Kone dam where they all participated in an evening cooling off by getting into the water to wallow.
 

Orwa scratching


Bomani and Laragai having a drink


Garzi and Kainuk


Meibai plays Teleki


Narok standing close to Wiva and Wendi

2/22/2016 

Makireti, Ololoo, Kilaguni, Kilabasi, Kasigau, Mutara, Suguta, Kanjoro and Ishanga were at the stockade compound early in the morning. Ishanga, the wanderer, was back again in Makiretiís group. Last time she had been spotted with Yattaís group. It is only her who can tell us which group she might join when she tires of Makiretiís group. The weather was chilly and the boys engaged one another in a strength testing game to warm up. Orwa started it with Ololoo which he lost and thereafter lowered himself to play with Kithaka. Ololoo moved on to a higher league and engaged Kasigau in a pushing game which went on for quite some time. Their game reached a climax when Ololoo mounted on Kasigau which meant that Kasigau had lost the play fight.

In the browsing field the juniors were joined briefly by Makena, Mwende and Mulika. Mwende engaged Mutara in a pushing game as Kilabasi played with Orwa. Barsilinga found a suitable tree that he used to scratch his buttocks on. Kainuk, who was feeding nearby, became jealous of Barsilingaís good scratch and came over to push him away. Later Turkwel came and pushed Kainuk away from the tree so she could then scratch herself. Barsilinga moved to feed close to Kasigau until Teleki came over and had a brief strength testing game with Kasigau. At mud bath time, the sun was hot but only Kilaguni, Makireti, Bongo, Kanjoro, Mutara and Kasigau participated in wallowing. As the orphans were leaving the mud bath, Buchuma, who has been missing for some months, reported at the mud bath looking slightly thin. He headed straight to drink water as the orphan herd headed north of mud bath. Two hours later Makireti and her group parted ways with them after having an evening mud bath together.
 

Vuria challenging Ololoo


Mulika and Mwende joining the juniors


Mulika with juniors


Kasigau feeding with Barsilinga


Teleki playing with Kasigau

1/2/2016 

Mist covered everywhere today including the Hill as the orphans left the stockade in the morning. It was quite chilly and Laragai and Barsilinga warmed up by briefly pushing one another. Barsilinga couldn't allow it to go on for a long time since he knew Laragai was a no-nonsense girl and the game could easily turn to a fight, with he being the obvious loser. Half an hour later, the ex-orphans, reported in the company of four wild bulls, one of them being new to the group and he was a very big bull! It was interesting to see the massive bull not being aggressive but behaving as if he was a frequent visitor at the stockade. The massive bull might have been coming to take Nasalot out since Nasalot is in season. Unfortunately Nasalot was not present.

Teleki engaged ex orphan Makena in a pushing game but Orwa who was close by wasn't happy as he thought that he should be the one playing with Makena. Orwa stepped forward and pushed Teleki away so as to get chance to play with Makena. Makena decided to teach Orwa a lesson by hitting him hard until he screamed. Orwa quit the game and left to feed instead. Meanwhile Teleki had found another friend to test his strength, Kenze, who allowed Teleki to play with him for some time as Vuria played with Ololoo. A short while later, the groups parted ways. The orphans had a quiet morning until at mud bath time when Laragai and Lemoyian had a disagreement that ended in a fight. Vuria also had a misunderstanding with Bongo that forced Vuria to push Bongo from behind. Bongo ran straight to the water knowing very well that Vuria would not attempt to follow him into the water because the weather was chilly. Bongo enjoyed swimming on his own as the rest of his friends boycotted the wallowing due to the low temperature. In the afternoon, the clouds cleared giving way to sunshine and this prompted the orphans to browse while flapped their ears due to the humid conditions.
 

Barsilinga playing with Laragai in the morning


A very big wild bull in the stockade


Makena plays with Teleki whilst Orwa watches


Kenze plays with little Teleki


Laragai pushing Lemoyian near mud bath

10/20/2015 

Makireti, Kasigau and Kilabasi were at the stockade compound early before the orphans were let out. Shortly after the juniors were out they were joined by Makiretiís group. The ex-orphans emerged from east and as soon as Sities spotted them, she ran down trumpeting to meet Wiva. Sities then escorted Wiva up to where she was joined by Kilabasi in being Wiva's escort. Wendi had no problem with that and she allowed them to escort her baby. At the time of leaving for browsing, Sities and Mutara lagged behind with the ex-orphans as they felt they needed to spend more time with Wiva. The keepers persisted on calling Sities and Mutara and eventually they heeded the call and so followed their friends. In the browsing field, Orwa challenged Suguta in a strength testing game while Barsilinga challenged Bomani. Later, Barsilinga settled to browse with Bongo and from time to time Bongo would stretch his trunk and take leaves from Barsilingaís mouth. It reached a point when Barsilinga could take losing his food no more and left Bongo to go and browse far away. At mud bath time the ex-orphans in the company of fourteen wild bulls reported early before the orphans. A female wild elephant had taken over the responsibility of taking care of Wiva. It appears that the wild female was highly respected by the ex-orphans as she was the only one escorting Wendi and the others followed from a distance. Kanjoro entwined his trunk with Makena in greeting while Ololoo tried to bully Barsilinga by attempting to mount him. Kithaka, who never seems to like crowds, moved a distance away and scratched against some trees and waited for the time of going back to the browsing field. Suguta spent some time playing with Ithumbah. An hour later, the groups parted ways. The juniors settled to browse at Kanziku area while the ex-orphans browsed as they headed towards the stockade; they arrived at stockade in the evening, drank water, then left to undisclosed location.  

Sities, Wiva and Wendi


Orwa playing with Suguta


Bongo trying to steal from Barsilinga


Wendi, Wiva and wild female


Ithumbah and Suguta

 

 

 

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