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Nasalot, baby Nusu, Meibai, Kilaguni, Chaimu together with Olareís group brought Laragai and her group to the stockade in morning where they teamed up with the juniors to feed on the lucerne. Galla left the stockade with a branch in his mouth that he continued to chew as he waited for the keepers to provide the lucerne for them.

Shortly after the orphans had left for browsing, the senior Ex Orphans led by Yatta showed up at the stockade. Tomboi, the fifteen year old boy had an arrow injury at the right upper side of the back hip. The injury looked fresh, about two days old. Tomboi is one of the Ithumba old boys and came to Ithumba 18th June 2004 in the company of others including Wendi, Taita, Napasha. Treatment for Tomboi was organised by Nairobi HQ and the vet arrived in the evening. Tomboi was successfully treated and rejoined his friends after his ordeal. Nothing was found in the wound and it was suspected that Tomboi rubbed against a tree and the arrow came off.

Galla settled to browse with Dupotto and they shared stories of how life is treating them at Ithumba given that now it is the dry season and they would be forced to walk long distances in search of better browse. Dupotto agreed that life would be tough but to her it would not be worse than the one that she experienced in May last year when she went off wandering with Karisa and Kelelari before she was found and brought back to the safety of the stockade. She told Galla that now she has no intention of repeating the same mistake and she would wait until she is capable of dealing with life in the wild before she would try that again. Pare settled to browse with Wanjala and the story was the same about the drought. Pare wanted to know from Wanjala how to cope with the dry season since Wanjala has been at Ithumba for longer than him. The two boys played and tussled with each other. The senior Ex Orphans briefly joined the juniors at mud bath. In the afternoon, Kilaguni spent the remaining part of the day with the juniors and in the evening escorted them back to the stockade.

Kasigau with a wild elephant

Tomboi with a wound

Treatment of Tomboi

Tomboi's treatment

Tomboi after his treatment


The orphans had a quiet morning today. Led by the running team that includes Maramoja, Rapa and Pare, the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area. The keepers refer to the new babies as the Ďracersí as this as they run the fastest wherever they are going! They are always the fastest to run in for their milk. There was tension in the air when Wendi passed nearby with three bulls in hot pursuit of her. It appears that Wendi is in season and ready to have a second baby! Wiva is now two years and two months now. Maramoja raised her trunk in the air and ran towards the keepers as the rest of the group followed her. Later the orphans were joined by Taita who had followed them slowly up to the mud bath. The orphans enjoyed mud bathing in a smaller water hole slightly away from the main one, and after went back to browsing.

In the evening, the temperatures were still high and the orphans passed by the mud bath for an evening cool-off. The orphans had a soil dusting exercise before heading back to the stockades.

Orphans at mud bath

Boromoko soil dusting

Kauro soil dusting

Kauro, Siangiki and Taita


Today Lempaute Kivuko, Layoni and Dabassa joined the stockade dependant orphan elephants for lucerne grass and supplement feeding. The juniors then left the four Ex Orphans at the stockade compound as they made their way to the browsing grounds.

At 12.50 in the afternoon, the keepers were very happy to see Ndara, Neptune and Tassia coming to join the stockade dependant orphans who were browsing on the southern side of the stockade compound.

Twenty minutes later a report was brought to the stockade by the Kenya Wildlife Service of two elephants that had missed the standard gauge rail way corridor and had ended along the Voi River on the outside of the Ngutuni fence line. The keepers suspected that they were Ex Orphans missing from Ndaraís herd and upon inspection found that it was Lesanju and Sinya. The two were escorted to an opening in the fence from where they were able to rejoin their group who had travelled from several miles away, coming from Mgeno ranch, close to the Taita sisal wildlife sanctuary, to the stockade. There were given a lot of lucerne grass and range cubes which they enjoyed at the stockade compound, returning the park an hour later.


Kivuko enjoying Lucerne

Ndara and Neptune



This afternoon the Voi stockade keepers received a report from the trust pilot of an orphan baby elephant that he had spotted during a routine patrol. The calf had been seen near the Sala gate and the team wasted no time getting to the area. On arrival they noticed that the calf was about 6 years old and as such too big to rescue. As the area had received some rain there was vegetation for him to feed on and he was close to the Galana river all of which meant his chances of survival were very high.

On the way back to the stockade we received word, from tour drivers out on a game drive, of a collapsed wild elephant cow in the Kanderi area. The team went to the elephantís assistance but found that she could not even stand even when aided to her feet. While helping her an approximately one and a half year old orphan calf (Chedi) came to drink from the Kanderi water trough. Chedi is a Taita/Taveta name meaning the lucky one as that orphan elephant was very lucky to have come to the water trough when the keepers were there. The team followed the calf for about four hundred meters. They saw it browsing close to an elephant calf that had collapsed and died a few days ago. The tusks had been recovered by one of the trustís desnaring teams. The calf was subsequently rescued and brought into one of the taming stockades where it was warmly greeted by Tahri and given some much needed reassurance.

Naipoki greeting Ndii

Ndii and Kenia hiding Arraba from Lempaute

Suswa browsing on the hill


Olare and Makiretiís groups arrived at the stockade early before dawn and decided to wait for the juniors to have lucerne with them. After the orphans had their milk, Tusuja was the first one to leave the stockade. The orphans then joined their junior Ex Orphan friends and they had lucerne together. Shortly later, Kilaguni and his friend Chaimu arrived followed by Kenze, Lualeni, Taita and a wild elephant. Lemoyian and Boromoko started their day by engaging each other in a strength testing exercise that ended when Garzi intervened by pushing the two boys away. Sirimon attempted to ride on Tusuja which annoyed him and he managed to disengage himself from Sirimon and walk away. At mud bath time, the sun was hot prompting the orphans, Ex Orphans and wild elephants present to have a spectacular wallowing session. A total of eighty elephants spent a considerable amount of time at mud bath while wallowing and drinking water. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the Kanziku area and in the evening the orphans passed by mud bath for an evening cool-off on their way back to the stockade.  

Tusuja and Wanjala with nice lucerne

Kenze with a nice bunch of lucerne




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