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Yatta, Yoyo, Yetu, Kinna, Kama, Ithumbah, Makena, Ishanga, Sidai and Naserian who haven’t been seen for a month, showed up at the stockades after receiving news that Lualeni had a baby and wanted to congratulate her. After sharing lucerne pellets, Yatta continued their journey to look for Lualeni who had left the previous day for an undisclosed location. This dry season, we have seen the formation of new groups among the ex-orphans. Yatta has her own group now, Galana another one and there is a possibility for Lualeni, who for years has tried to form her own group but failed, to now start another one but only time will tell. Nasalot also has got her own group but it's not clear who the members are since Wendi, Wiva, Mwende and Mulika who used to be in Yatta’s group, have not also been seen for a month. No-one knows how long the formation of these new groups will hold; only time will tell. The orphans settled to browse at Kanziku area and the rest of the day was uneventful. 

Kama nursing from Kinna

Yoyo and Yatta

Pare playing with Tusuja


Sapalan was looking better in the morning and was happy to remain in the stockade. As the rest of the group scrambled to get out, Sapalan just watched them then turned to face our store requesting for more cubes that he was given without delay. Rapa left with a branch in his mouth while Mundusi bumped into Mteto when Mteto stopped abruptly to pick up a branch she had spotted. The orphans settled for lucerne and were joined by two wild bulls who were among twenty wild elephants that had reported for water that morning. Shortly later, Yatta’s group showed up followed by Mutara’s group. Narok’s group have joined up with Wendi Mulika, Galana and Nasalot and they took sirimon with them. Today the wild bulls came around and mingled with the orphans who very much savored their company. The Keepers had to keep there distance but watched as the dependent orphans mixed with wild friends.

It is getting drier in the area now and Naseku felt like she had to go down on her knees to pull up shrubs using her mouth. Two buffaloes that came for water at the stockade water hole had a rough time when Makena decided to deal with them by trumpeting and charging. The buffaloes couldn't take all the noise and decided to surrender and come back when the elephants were not present. At mud bath time, the orphans were again joined by Yatta but they parted ways later. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the upper Kalovoto area and had a break for almost one hour before resuming browsing.

Makena chasing buffaloes

Naseku pulling up grass

Suguta soil dusting


Kinna is leading a herd of graduate orphans, and this herd joined the orphans in the morning for lucerne. The juniors didn’t stick around for long as the graduate orphans wanted all the lucerne for themselves. The dependent orphans respected their wish and Sapalan was the first one who quietly left and headed to the bush. The graduate orphans, in the company of several wild elephants, later followed the juniors to the Kanziku area where they browsed together and later headed to the mud bath together.

Naseku, who loves playing with young babies, had fun with Nasalot’s baby Nusu and later led Nusu for a mud bath. The temperature was moderate and only Naseku and Olsekki joined the graduate orphans for a mud bath. At around two o'clock in the afternoon, twenty five wild bulls reported for water at the stockade water troughs and in the evening a mixture of wild elephants and graduate orphans totaling up to sixty showed up at the stockade. It seems the surrounding area is quite dry now, as by dark more than one hundred elephants had shown up to drink water and more than thirty thousand litres of water was consumed by the elephants.

Ex orphans with their calves


Nusu following Naseku


Nasalot and her small group consisting of baby Nusu, Galana, baby Gawa, Loijuk, Bongo, Teleki, Kilabasi, Makireti, Lenana and Meibai joined the juniors for lucerne in the morning. After lucerne time, Maramoja rumbled as she made her way to the browsing field. The rest of the herd followed her. Nasalot’s group browsed with juniors the entire morning. For a while now, Yatta and the rest of the senior graduate orphans haven't shown up at stockade and we hope wherever they are they have enough water.

At mud bath and midday milk feeding, the orphans were joined by a junior wild bull who shared water with them and later left with Nasalot’s group. Mundusi, Mteto and Esampu had a spectacular wallowing session. Mundusi specifically enjoyed sitting in the water and splashing around with his trunk, a game he enjoyed for some time. In the evening, Sapalan again hid and dodged the Keepers. The rest of the group returned back to the stockade without him but the Keepers soon realized and half of them went back to look for him. Half an hour later, Sapalan emerged from the eastern side of stockade in a slow measured walk like someone who knew exactly where he was going. The Keepers were still looking for him in the bush and were informed over the radio that Sapalan had arrived on his own. He likes to do everything in his own time!

Nusu and Bongo

Mundusi playing in the mudbath

Suguta with a wild bull


Nasalot and her small group reported early before dawn and relaxed outside the stockade waiting for the juniors to come out. As soon as the orphans were let out, Nasalot and her group joined them to feed on lucerne. A while later, a lone buffalo checked in for water. Kithaka, Barsilinga and Olsekki walked towards the buffalo with their ears wide open as they tried to scare it away. The buffalo stood its ground however and drank water until it was satisfied, before leaving the same way it had come. Nasalot led the entire herd out to browse, where they were joined by Mutara’s group. Mundusi had fun with baby Nusu as they chased each other around, while Mteto briefly played Gawa.

The sun was really getting hot and Esampu took a break from feeding to relax under a tree for some time before resuming browsing. At mud bath time, the temperature was so hot all of the orphans decided to go wallowing, without the encouragement of the Keepers. Only Kauro, who is well known for boycotting any swimming session, escaped and went for a soil dusting exercise instead. We are sure that he is so adverse to water because he was a well-victim and will always dislike the water. In the afternoon, the sun was still hot and the orphans converged under a tree that had a good shade while continuously flapping their ears in order to cool down. They only resumed browsing later on when the temperature dropped to a favourable level. In the evening, twenty wild bulls reported for water at the stockade water troughs and left at their pleasure when they felt that they had drunk enough.

Olsekki & Barsilinga walking towards the buffalo

Chaimu charging

Teleki leading




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