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Kainuk was in an excited mood this morning which she expressed by trumpeting and fighting with dead logs, lifting and dropping them. She charged up to a termite mound before bending down on her forelegs trying to push it over, obviously she did not succeed. Later Kainuk settled down to browsing quietly but it appeared that the excited mood she had was transmitted to Bongo because as soon as Kainuk calmed down, Bongo started charging and knocking down thickets.

At mud bath time the ex-orphans and one wild bull reported five minutes before the juniors. Missing in the group were Kora, Tomboi, Ithumbah, Lualeni, Ololoo and Kamboyo. After the orphans had their milk Kithaka, Barsilinga and Lemoyian walked straight to drink water and intermingle with the seniors. Barsilinga entwined his trunk with Makena and later Chyulu.
Teleki had a brief strength testing exercise with Yetu but their game ended when Yetu surrendered. Bongo, Bomani, Narok and Laragai enjoyed wallowing with their seniors while Lemoyian, Turkwel, Teleki and Orwa joined Rapsu in soil dusting. After wallowing, Laragai and Vuria rolled on the ground where Laragai from time to time enjoyed scratching on Vuria. When it was time to leave Chyulu opted to escort Lemoyian and the rest of the juniors back to the browsing field. 

Kainuk in a playful mood

Narok and Vuria wallowing

Laragai scratching

Chyulu with the orphans


As the gates opened for the juniors, the ex-orphans emerged from the southern side of the stockade and met with the juniors at the stockade compound. Bongo opened up his day’s activities by engaging Vuria in a strength testing exercise. As Mutara led the way, Chyulu escorted Lemoyian to the browsing field and Lemoyian spend some time soil dusting under the watchful eye of Chyulu.

The rest of the ex-orphans remained at the stockade compound. Makena engaged meibai in a pushing game as Napasha played with Nasalot. Wendi tested her strength with Buchuma and later Buchuma surrendered. Moments later, four wild dogs emerged from the nearby bushes coming to drink water. Sunyei spotted the dogs and walked to meet them so as to bar them from the water trough. The wild dogs defied Sunyei's threats and continued approaching the trough.

Loijuk was watching the drama from a distance and she couldn't fathom why the wild dogs were defying Sunyei. With her ears raised and all set to teach the wild dogs a lesson, loijuk trumpeted and went for the dogs at a full speed. Lualeni joined in to support her friend and when the wild dogs looked at the speed at which loijuk was approaching the poor dogs abandoned their mission and ran for their dear life.

At mud bath time, the weather was chilly and only Bongo and Laragai managed to have a mud bath. Lemoyian and Kithaka had a misunderstanding and opted to settle it through pushing one another. In the afternoon Olare and her group checked in at the stockade and left shortly later after taking enough water.

Chyulu loves little baby Lemoyian

Orok and Sunyei

Lualeni was quick to support her friend

Kanjoro with Sunyei at the mudbath


Yatta’s, Mulika’s and Lualeni’s groups reported at the stockade early in the morning. When the orphans left the stockade, Chyulu was quick to welcome Lemoyian and escort him to the browsing field. Narok challenged Yetu in a strength testing exercise and later Orwa joined Narok in fighting Yetu. When Yetu was unable to deal with the two orphans, she opted to withdraw from the game to avoid being ashamed. Teleki engaged Makena in a strength testing game that saw Makena emerge victorious due to her experience and because she is stronger than Teleki. The former orphans remained at the stockade compound as the orphans headed for browsing. Napasha, Buchuma and Challa had a game of pushing one another in turns. An hour after the ex-orphans disappeared, the partially independent group led by olare came for water at the stockade water trough. In the browsing field, the boys spent some more time playing strength testing games. Bomani played with Lemoyian, Bongo with Vuria while Orwa played with Kanjoro.

Lemoyian appears to be in high demand and selling like hot cakes amongst a group of ex-orphans girls, and so drove them crazy when they all met at mud bath. Sidai, Chyulu and Lenana were competing of who amongst themselves would win his attention. It was like a merry go round; whenever one of the girls stepped away from Lemoyian, another girl would step in immediately. Only time will tell who amongst the three girls would be the ultimate winner. Lemoyian walked down to the water hole where he stood at the edge watching those who were wallowing. As Lemoyian was relaxing at the edge of the mud bath, Yetu emerged from nowhere and decided to teach Lemoyian a lesson and pushed Lemoyian into the water and then walked away. Lemoyian, Kithaka and Barsilinga always try to avoid mud bathing, but in this instance Lemoyian had no choice but to wallow because he was pushed into water. Lemoyian didn't wallow for long however, but the fact remains that he had tested the water after a long time without taking a bath. Kudos goes to Yetu for making Lemoyian take a bath!

Bongo and Laragai were the last to leave the mud bath whilst Narok had a brief conversation with Nasalot using her trunk. Narok is always the one to communicate first with the ex-orphans. After mudbath, the ex-orphans in the company of five bulls parted ways with the junior herd. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse at Kanziku area. The temperatures were moderate with a nice cool breeze so the orphans browsed calmly after a long morning of fun and antics.

Challa, Napasha and Buchuma play games

Bomani and Lemoyian play together

Narok and Nasalot have a conversation


Napasha, Kinna, Galana, Tomboi, Sunyei, Meibai, Nasalot, Makena, Naserian, Chyulu, Lenana, Yatta, Ithumbah, Sidai, Mulika, Mwende and Yetu reported at the stockade in the morning. It was lovely to meet up with this group of ex orphans. Nasalot stood at the main entrance and welcomed the juniors one by one as they left the stockade. Narok was the first one to respond to the warm greetings. Mutara left with a branch in her mouth and avoided Nasalot knowing that if she passed she might well loose her branch to Nasalot’s persuasive way. The orphans shared water with the ex orphans and shortly after left for browsing. Sities browsed back to back with Teleki while Kainuk teamed up with Garzi in browsing. At one time Garzi rumbled when Kainuk pushed him out of the way and in no time Sities came running in response of the rumble. She inserted her trunk in Garzi's mouth telling him not to worry about the pushing and gave Kainuk stern body language.

At eleven o'clock in the morning, the temperatures were high despite having heavy rain clouds obscuring the sky. The orphans headed straight for wallowing soon after taking their milk. Only Orwa today refrained from the water, but instead joined three wild bulls at the water trough and fraternized with them for some time. It was not long before the others joined Orwa in sharing water with the bulls. Shukuru started the afternoon by soil dusting while Teleki just stood nearby watching. Narok who was feeding close to Kanjoro tried to snatch grass from Kanjoro's mouth but he resisted. The day ended with some rain clouds obscuring the sky but sadly no rain fell.  

Kainuk at the mud bath

3 wild bulls at the mud bath

Kanjoro joining the wild bulls for water

Shukuru soil dusting


Ex orphan Lualeni arrived today with some new ex orphans in tow, Zurura, Kenze, Sidai, Loijuk, Makena, Taita, Kilaguni, Chaimu and Tomboi arrived early in the morning at the stockade compound. They joined the juniors in feeding on some lucerne. Ololoo, who has been Lualeni's favourite for many years, was missing in action. Only Ololoo can tell us whether it is Lualeni that has abandoned him or if its Ololoo that has abandoned Lualeni and what the cause for their separation could be. Ololoo is around, so nothing sinister has happened, but it is remarkable how we are seeing this parting of ways. Is it permanent or temporary; for us it is only time that will tell.

Later on Kilaguni and Chaimu went their own way leaving the rest at the stockade compound. Garzi and Bomani, who of late have become firm play mates, engaged each other in a pushing game that went on for quite some time until it ended in a draw. Kainuk had her own game of rolling on the ground. Tomboi escorted the juniors to the browsing field. the orphans settled to browse at the eastern side of the Ithumba hill, a bushy area with a slightly better pastures.

At eleven o'clock in the morning, Mutara and Kanjoro were reluctant to go to the mud bath for some reason. The others hurriedly raced for their midday milk, but these two lagged behind, only reporting at mud twenty minutes later. Laragai was the first one to get into the mud followed by Bongo before the rest followed later.

Today only Mutara and Orwa didn't step into the mud bath water. Noise from a passing lorry scared Laragai who was soil dusting near the road. Teleki and Turkwel opted to scratch against the nearby trees before Shukuru led the group back to the browsing field. The afternoon was cloudy as the orphans browsed as they headed towards Kanziku area. The area is dry and the orphans concentrated on breaking and feeding the top soft parts of the shrubs. The evening was sunny and the orphans passed at mud bath where they found three wild bulls having a wallow. As soon as the wild elephants saw the orphans and got wind of the Keepers, they fled away so these bulls were obviously new to the area, unfamiliar with the Keepers and their charges. This evening Shukuru led the way back to the stockade. Lualeni, Tomboi, Meibai, Makena, Ithumbah, Sidai, Rapsu, Zurura and Loijuk showed up at the the stockade shortly before five o'clock in the evening. Big boys Zurura and Tomboi spent some time pushing one another and later left to an undisclosed location.  

Zurura visiting the stockades

Kainuk playing in the dirt

Wild elephants leaving the mud bath at speed

Lualeni scratching herself




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