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Lualeni, Taita, Ololoo and Makena joined the juniors in the morning. Bomani welcomed Makena and Taita by stretching his trunk towards them. Bomani and Garzi were respectful to Taita, stepping aside to let him pass. Ololoo had a brief strength testing exercise with Orwa before Taita intervened and pushed the two boys away. Shukuru, Bomani and Turkwel had scratched on rocks before leaving to browse. An hour later, Ololoo, Lualeni and Taita departed, leaving Makena to lead the juniors to the mud bath where Kanjoro, Shukuru, Laragai, Bongo, Teleki, Vuria and Narok had along wallow. The rest opted for soil dusting. After soil dusting, Orwa went to scratch against a nearby tree but Makena then wanted to scratch on use the same tree so Orwa had no option but to give way to her. After Makena, Teleki stepped in and also scratched for some time. The afternoon was hot and all the orphans converged under a tree to hide from the scorching sun. In the evening, the orphans went past the mud bath for an evening wallow.  

Makena joined the orphans in the morning

Orwa playing with Ololoo


In morning most of the orphans started the day with scratching exercises. Kanjoro, Bongo, Vuria, Orwa and Shukuru lined up to scratch against the same tree.
At the browsing field the orphans were joined by Makena, who was limping slightly due to a sprain. Nothing serious but it was clear she was in some discomfort. Orwa, Teleki and Vuria surrounded her and sniffed and touched her seemingly concerned and very conscious that something had happened to her. After a while, Vuria and Teleki moved back to continue with browsing but Orwa was left with Makena and they communicated through touching, later having a gentle friendly pushing game. Shortly afterwards Lualeni and Tomboi joined the juniors and spent the morning with them and then escorted them to the mud bath. With Lualeni around the Keepers have to be on their toes watching out for baby snatching! Lualeni loves to take the babies into the semi independent groups, but this is not ideal when they are still milk dependent.
At 11am the weather was chilly and the orphans just drank and soil dusted. As the orphans were soil dusting, Mulika, Yatta and Lualeniís groups, in the company of six wild elephants, showed up at the mud bath. Vuria and Bongo entwined their trunks for a few minutes and then the dependent orphans withdrew from the ex orphans and headed off to the slopes of the Ithumba hill where they settled to browse.

Bongo scratching

Teleki and Garzi welcoming Makena

Orwa stayed with Makena

Tomboi having a dust bath

Vuria playing with Bongo


Lualeni, Ololoo, Makena, Kenze, Kilabasi, Makireti, Kora, Orok and Kasigau reported at the stockade in the morning. The group joined the juniors soon after they left the stockade and spent the morning feeding and playing with them. Kora and Orok engaged each other in a pushing game as Orwa stood beside them watching their techniques. Later Orwa tried the techniques he had learnt on Makena but Makena showed him that he was only a small boy and not fit to play with her by pushing him out of her way. Elsewhere, Kasigau was busy playing with Kenze while Teleki tackled Turkwel. An hour later the ex orphans parted ways with the juniors.

At 11am, although the sun was hot, only Bongo, Kanjoro, Mutara, Narok and Teleki wallowed and then joined the rest who had settled for soil bathing. Vuria and Bongo were the last to leave the soil bathing after they had a brief tussle. In the afternoon the sun became unbearably hot so the juniors took refuge under a tree for almost two hours. In the evening as it is so warm it has become the routine to pass by the mud bath to cool down. Some baboons, drinking water at the mud bath, appeared unmoved by the approaching elephants until Vuria and Teleki charged them which got some action. Chasing baboons is irresistible for baby elephants! After the evening mud bath, Shukuru led the way back to the stockade.

Makena plays with Orwa

Orphans in the shade

Kenze and Lualeni


At the stockade compound Vuria started the day by soil dusting while Shukuru scratched on the nearby rocks. Shortly after the ex orphans arrived and joined the juniors and were warmly welcomed by Orwa, who feels comfortable their company. Orwa played with Mwende Mulikaís wild born baby who eventually surrendered so he went to play with Meibai and after that he played pushing games with Makena. Orwa had a wonderful morning today.

Rapsu and Kora had a brief strength testing game before parting. After an hour of interaction with the juniors the ex orphans left. The morning was cool today and at mud bath time only Bongo wallowed. Afterwards Shukuru, who seems to have slightly lost weight, led the way to the browsing field. She was active and feeding normally in the bush. In the afternoon the clouds cleared giving way to sunshine. The temperatures skyrocketed and this prompted Orwa to stand in the shade to relax. While relaxing Orwa developed an itchy ear and used the tree he was standing under to scratch himself. In the evening, Shukuru led the first group back to the stockade.

Vuria soil dusting

Rapsu and Kora

Mwende playing with Orwa


Makireti, Kasigau and Kilabasi reported at the stockade compound early in the morning. When the juniors came out Orwa headed straight to Kasigau and engaged him in a pushing game. Bomani and Narok proceeded to scratch on the nearby rocks. Later Kasigau attempted to mount Mutara but she resisted and ran away.

At mud bath the juniors were joined by the ex orphans and six wild elephants. They climbed into the dam together for a good swim and frolic. Orwa engaged Makena into a pushing game. When Makena quit the game Orwa stood just beside the water waiting to challenge anybody leaving the mud bath. Bongo and Teleki enjoyed pushing each other while still in water. The ex orphans wallowed for a long time. The juniors returned to browse except for Orwa who remained behind with the ex orphans. Orwa challenged Ololoo and later Meibai before the keepers took him away to join his friends. Orwa is showing signs that it will not be long before he jumps into the semi independent camp of orphans and possibly hooks up with Makireti, Kasigau and Kilabasi. It was hot and the orphans had a quiet afternoon. In the evening the orphans passed the mud bath where they wallowed for a second time to cool off and then soil bathed until, led by Laragai, they headed back to the stockade for a restful night.

Kasigau and Orwa strength testing

Mutara browsing

Ex-orphans and wild elephants at the mudbath

Meibai plays with Orwa




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