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Nasalot, Zurura, Loijuk, Ishanga, Bongo, Galana, baby Gawa, Nusu, Lualeni in the company of Olare, Makireti and Mutaraís groups joined the juniors for lucerne early in the morning when they were let out. Gawa challenged Rapa, who wasn't in the mood for playing pushing games and so pushed Gawa away. The little rascal Gawa then decided to walk over and challenge poor Enkikwe; simply because she thought Enkikwe had a bad leg and wouldnít be able to defeat her. Enkikwe couldn't entertain such nonsense from this small calf as he saw it as an act of disrespect towards her seniors. Enkikwe smacked Gawa using his trunk! Gawa didnít wait around to be smacked again and so ran away to join her mum.

We watched Galla challenge Kibo, but he ended up losing the pushing game to Kibo as Melia and Olare enjoyed a game of rolling on the ground. Shortly later, Maramoja led the way to the browsing field. Galana, who understood the importance of providing milk for her baby Gawa, carried a whole bale of lucerne stacked in between her trunk and tusks, which she continued to feed on as she slowly wandered off back into the Park. Galana is a good mother and knows that a time is fast approaching when her friends and herd members will regret ever playing around with the lucerne. The orphans settled to browse in Kone area as the ex-orphans left to go back out and browse. The afternoon was hot and the orphans tried to browse and feed under trees with good shade. At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by Mutaraís group and they all enjoyed swimming to cool off. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in Kanziku area up to five o'clock in the evening when Maramoja led the first group back to the stockades.

Enkikwe pushing Gawa

Kanjoro charging



The sky was clear in the morning and this was an indication of a hot day a head. The senior ex-orphans Galana, Nasalot, Lualeni, Loijuk and a hot-tempered wild female elephant in the company of Olare, Chaimu and Makiretiís groups showed up early in the morning before the orphans were let out. As soon as the orphans were let out, the ex-orphans joined them to feed on lucerne. Baby Nusu and baby Gawa had great fun as they enjoyed playing with Esampu, Mundusi and Mteto who are only slightly older than them. Mundusi, Mteto and Esampu who have completely settled in appeared to enjoy every moment they shared with the wild born babies Nusu and Gawa. An hour later, the ex-orphans parted ways with the juniors. The rebels, Kithaka, Laragai, Barsilinga, Garzi, Lemoyian and Sirimon left with the ex-orphans while the dependent orphans headed to Kone area where they settled to browse. Karisa and Oltaiyoni took a break from feeding to participate in a game of scratching against the nearby trees, while Mundusi, Mteto and Esampu had a light game of soil dusting.

Shortly before eleven o'clock in the morning, the temperature rose high, prompting Esampu, Naseku, Karisa and Sapalan to seek shelter under a tree as they looked forward to a nice cooling swim at mud bath time. At eleven o'clock in the morning, the orphans met with the ex-orphans at mud bath and enjoyed wallowing followed by a soil dusting exercise. Later on, the groups again parted ways only to meet again at the stockade in the evening. The dry season is now fast approaching, water holes are drying up and we are sure the ex-orphans will be around now until the next rainy season. We are sure that soon those ex-orphans we have not seen for a while and wild elephants will start to turn up soon for water.

Chemi Chemi and Orwa

Naseku relaxing

Mteto soil dusting


This morning the dependent orphan found Mutarasís group including Suguta, Turkwel, Kainuk, Sities and Kanjoro. Nasalotís herd were also there including Loijuk, Sidai, Zurura, Chyulu, Ishanga, Bongo and Nasalotís baby Nusu, with one wild female in the group too. They stayed for a short time and left. The dependent orphans enjoyed the lucerne after the ex-orphans had gone. Nusu was in a very playful mood but also felt shy with the keepers. Esampu, Kamok and Sapalan were feeding on the Lucerne together.

In the bush Mundusi and Mteto were browsing together while Namalok was separate from others. Later on Mundusi went to communicate with Wanjala and they started browsing. The new three new babies then went to browse with Karisa who they like and remember from the Nursery. Karisa scratched his neck on a nearby stump. The orphans then walked to mud bath for their midday milk bottle.

All the orphans had their bottles and walked straight to the water trough to drink water. Nasalotís herd then arrived and they interacted and wallowed together, before getting out and walking to the dust bath. Wild born baby Nusu was the most playful one on the pile of loose soil, while Zurura and Kasigau were the most playful ones in the water hole. They just love swimming at the moment and playing their pushing games in the water! After the shared dust bath the ex-orphans walked away in separate direction to the dependent orphans who went back out to browse.

Mundusi and Mteto were together the whole of the afternoon, but Esampu seemed to be exploring new friends. Naseku, Wanjala and Karisa were browsing together. While Siangiki and Olsekki as usual stuck together. Wanjala and Karisa are very close friends, and today Tusuja also seemed to be trying to make friends with Wanjala.

In the afternoon the orphans walked back to the stockades for the night. An hour later Laragai, Barsilinga, Kithaka, Lemoyian, Garzi and Sirimon arrived back too and they were shut into their stockade.

Esampu, Kamok and Sapalan feeding on Lucerne


Karisa scratching


It was a cold morning today as the orphans came out of their rooms and down to the lucerne feeding area after having their milk. They mingled there with Orwa and Bomani before heading to the bush to browse. Nasalotís ex-orphan group with baby Nusu among them then arrived. They drank water and then left again.

When the orphans went out to browse they were very busy making sure they found enough food to eat; Dupotto browsed separately from the others. Laragai's herd walked away from the orphans and browsed independently.

After their milk at midday the orphans obviously felt warmer as they decided to go into the mud bath. Enkikwe did not want to wallow with them for fear one of them would knock his bad leg, so he splashed water on his wound and drank separately from them. It must have been relieving to wash his wound with the cold water.

Later the orphans were browsing and Roi started playing in the dust. She was scooping and tossing chucks of soil in the air and some on her back. This attracted some of her friends who started doing the same. Pare and Maramoja were browsing together while Olsekki and Siangiki, as usual, were doing the same. The dependent herd later made their way back home in the evening for their milk. Laragai's group arrived later and was immediately locked into their stockade for the night as well.

Nasalot's groupp leaving

Dupotto browsing

Roi enjoying a dustbath


Olare and Mutaraís groups were relaxing outside the stockade again when the orphans were let out. Mutara settled to feed on lucerne with the new babies Esampu, Mteto and Mundusi. Mutara appeared to have been giving them some hints about real life outside the stockades. Karisa had a misunderstanding with Wanjala that resulted in strength testing exercise.

Later the quiet Namalok, who is now feeling more settled and interacting more with his friends, had a fun time as he engaged Tusuja in a light strength testing exercise. Olare and Mutaraís groups browsed with the juniors up to eleven o'clock in the morning when it was time for the dependent orphans to head to mud bath for their milk bottles. Esampu led the first group while Maramoja led the second one. The third group was led by Mteto as Pare led the forth group to come in and take their milk in turns. As the younger orphans were feeding, ex-orphans Nasalot, her baby Nusu, Ishanga, Kasigau, Bongo, Sidai, Galana, baby Gawa, Loijuk, Lualeni, Kilabasi, Makireti and three wild boys who looked nervous showed up, but they left shortly after drinking water. They reappeared again later at the stockades in the evening, this time with ten wild elephants with them. The afternoon was chilly and quiet. The orphans in the company of Mutara and Olareís groups settled to browse in the Kone area again, and later in the evening they escorted the dependent orphans back to the stockades.

Maramoja leading






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