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It was a very cold morning and everywhere was very muddy after the 12mm of rain we received last night. The orphans as usual walked down to the field after their milk and were welcomed by Sunyei and her baby Siku. They were also accompanied by Chyulu and Lenana. The orphans welcomed the baby and started kissing him all over with their trunks. Mutaraís group later came running in and joined them.

All the elephants were busy browsing and later all the ex-orphans separated themselves from the dependent orphans and walked away. The orphans walked towards the mud bath area for their midday milk bottle. It was quite hot and the orphans ran towards the mud hole and started swimming after their bottles. They later all came out and walked straight to the bush to browse. Some of the orphans walked on top of the rocks to dry out. Others were busy browsing while Sapalan and Karisa walked away from the rest of the group; they are the independent boys! The rest of the elephants were playing and rolling on the ground and splashed soil on their backs. Ukame was kissing Naseku with her trunk while Roi and Maramoja were patting each other all over with their trunks. The rest were busy browsing as there is enough food for them everywhere. Galla started drinking rain water from the rocks and later they walked home to the stockades.

Sunyei with baby Siku and Mutara's group

Kamok browsing high

Ukame talking to Naseku

Kauro leads the orphans back home


It was a quiet morning as the orphans came out of their rooms and went to the lucerne feeding area. They didnít stay there long as they didnít feel like lucerne today, and they decided to walk straight out to the bush to begin browsing. There they met with Yattaís group who came with two wild bulls among them. They soon walked off leaving the orphans behind. Later on, Laragaiís group came in and joined them. They seemed apprehensive about something and they wanted to stay together with the dependent orphans. The orphans walk on to have their milk at midday and then they walked back out to browse without swimming in the water hole. The DSWT/KWS anti-poaching team saw two lionesses around and we suspect they are the ones who made the ex-orphans scared of being on their own in the area.

A keeper who remained at the stockade saw Siangiki arrive at the water troughs with Zurura. He went closer and saw that she had an injury to her tail he believed to be inflicted by lions; he could see some claw marks. She seemed to be okay otherwise though and was happy to be in the company of older ex-orphans. We clearly need to keep an eye on all the orphans whilst these aggressive lions are around.

In the afternoon, Kauro was standing on top of a rock watching where their older friends were and using his trunk to smell them. The others were very busy browsing. Galla was using his trunk to smell in the air as well and we wondered if he was also searching for their older friends or perhaps the big lions. Laragaiís group stayed with the orphans right up to the last minute in the evening, when the dependent orphans walked back home for their evening milk.

In the stockade compound this evening Wendi, Galana and Sunyei in a large group of ex-orphans and their babies Wiva, Gawa and Siku came to visit. They had also two wild bulls amongst them. They came to drink water and walked away. Enkikwe is still having for his leg but is improving very well.

Yatta's group with wild bulls

Zurura with Siangiki

Naseku drinking water from the rocks

Kauro on the rocks searching for his friends


Karisa and Sapalan led the way out in morning with Karisa carrying a branch in his mouth and enjoying it as he walked down to wait for the lucerne pellets. Laragaiís group, Makireti and Kilabasi, spent the night just outside the stockade, and joined the orphans for the pellets. Dupotto passed by Enkikwe's stockade to take him out but Enkikwe threatened to push her. Dupotto turned and left as Enkikwe followed her slowly. Siangiki shared her pile of pellets with Sokotei while Orwa refused to share with anybody, even Enkikwe when he tried to take a few pellets as he was passing. Orwa threw a side kick that almost landed on Enkikwe, but Enkikwe still insisted on taking a few pellets before limping away.

Out in the Park, the herd could afford to take a break from feeding to participate in various games given the amount of vegetation around at the moment. Orwa, Vuria, Bomani, Olsekki, Kamok, Namalok and Oltaiyoni enjoyed some rolling games, while Tusuja engaged Lemoyian in a pushing game after Lemoyian tried to ride on Tusuja's head. Later, Tusuja invited Bomani to a pushing game, which Bomani declined by walking away.

At mud bath time, the orphans were joined by Lualeni, Galana, baby Gawa, Naserian, Sunyei, baby Siku, Lenana, Bongo, Teleki, Yatta, baby Yoyo, Mulika, Mwende, Ithumbah and three wild elephants. An hour later, the groups parted ways. Later in the afternoon, we received a light shower of 10 mm. The showers put the orphans in a playing mood and they spent so much time rolling on the wet soil and smearing themselves with red mud.

Sokotei and Siangiki sharing

Orwa and Enkikwe

Kilabasi and Makireti

Lemoyian climbing on Tusuja


As usual, the orphans were joined by Mutara, Narok and Laragaiís groups in morning. Shortly later, Ex Orphan Nasalot, baby Nusu, Chyulu, a wild orphan and Bongo also showed up and joined the herd. The active and playful Nusu played with Suguta, Laragai and Naseku. Enkikwe walked out from his stockade and scratched his neck on the nearby rocks before slowly walking further down to feed on grass.

Out in the bush, the herd was joined by more Ex Orphans as Galana, baby Gawa, Sunyei, baby Siku, Kilabasi, Makireti, Lenana, Loijuk and a wild elephant walked up to the juniors. The Ex Orphans briefly interacted with them before walking on. Roi had a brief chat with Tusuja and we wondered if they were consulting whether to leave with the Ex Orphans or not. It seemed the two resolved to stay since leaving with the Ex Orphans means going without their milk and they still love that delicious formula. The orphans skipped the mud bathing exercise since the weather was chilly. In the afternoon, they settled to browse in the lower Kalovoto area. The orphans concentrated on feeding on the grass up to evening when Dupotto led the first group back to the stockades.

Turkwel and Kanjoro

Enkikwe scratching

Suguta and baby Nusu

Kilabasi playing with Orwa


Galana, baby Gawa, Loijuk, Naserian, Lualeni, Lenana, Kilabasi, Sunyei, baby Siku, Makireti, Bongo, Kenze and Chyulu made a brief visit to the stockade early in the morning. When the dependent orphans were let out, Lualeni couldn't understand why one of the orphans had been left behind. She was curious and walked close to the fence to find out. She rumbled and Enkikwe responded and the two had a brief chat as Enkikwe probably explained to Lualeni why he had to stay behind. Lualeni had pity for the young boy and wished him a quick recovery, before slowly following her colleagues who by now had walked away to start their day.

Oltaiyoni had brief chat with baby Gawa before Naseku came in and invited Gawa for a pushing game. Gawa accepted and briefly had a light contest under the watchful eye of Lenana. Maramoja and Dupotto embraced the spirit of sharing and settled to feed on the same shrub, as Tusuja and Wanjala engaged each other in a light pushing game. Later in the day, Enkikwe was visited by Yatta, Kinna, Nasalot, Mulika, Makena, Yetu, Mwende, Nusu, Yoyo and Kama. Makena, who was one of the elephants that rescued Enkikwe, had a brief chat with him, perhaps trying to find out how he is doing now. Wendi stood by listening and watching as well. We think it will take at least another six months for Enkikwe to be able to join his friends out in the wild. Makena and her herd left when they were satisfied Enkikwe was okay.

Lualeni wondering why Enkikwe stayed behind

Gawa playing with Naseku

Enkikwe chatting to the ex-orphans




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