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Yatta and her group had come all the way from the Tiva area after receiving news that Lualeni had a baby. They finally managed to catch up with Lualeni to congratulate her. In the morning, the two groups of Yatta and Galana showed up at the stockade and had great time sharing the lucerne pellets with the orphans. Siku, who thought she was equal to Esampu and settled to feed on pellets with Esampu, couldn't believe it when Esampu knocked her down. Siku turned to Kamok thinking Kamok would save her but also got a rude shock when Kamok tossed her like a ball. Luckily Siku landed where Siangiki was feeding on her pellets and Siangiki happily welcomed the little girl. Shortly after Yatta and Galanaís group left, the orphans settled to browse at Kanziku area. Enkikwe had friendly strength testing games with Mundusi as Pare settled to browse with Karisa. At mud bath, only ten wild bulls arrived and joined the orphans in bathing. Naseku and Wanjala enjoyed a light pushing game in water before one of the bulls scared them away by charging at them. Mutara, Sities, Kanjoro Makireti, Kasigau and Kilabasi who had crossed the fence and had gone to the Kanziku community area, returned to stockade water troughs around 5pm.  

Esampu pushing Siku

Enkikwe playing with Mundusi

Wanjala rides on Naseku


Yatta, Yoyo, Yetu, Kinna, Kama, Ithumbah, Makena, Ishanga, Sidai and Naserian who havenít 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 Yattaís 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


This morning just before dawn we heard the aggressive lions roaring again. Twenty one wild bulls were busy drinking water at the stockade water troughs this morning while Olareís group, led by Melia, joined the orphans for lucerne. Olare has joined Yattaís herd for the time being, and we have not seen that group for two weeks now. Kalama tried to bully the juniors as she pushed them away so as to have the lucerne for herself, but was cautioned by the Keepers to stop her greedy behaviour. Shortly later, Esampu the brave girl walked down and joined the bulls that were drinking water. A few meters from the stockade compound, a wild bull broke a big branch from a tree and the noise of the breaking tree attracted the orphans. Maramoja led the group in the direction where the bull had broken the branch and joined the bull to feast on the tasty leaves he had now made accessible.
Melia and her group spent the exception of Kauro, who is not very water friendly. Taita and Zurura, who have become great friends and travel together, showed up at mud bath and joined the orphans to wallow. Later, six junior wild bulls joined the orphans at mud bath and brought it to an abrupt end when one bull pinned Wanjala down in water. Wanjala screamed loudly making the orphans run out of the water towards the Keepers. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the upper Kalovoto area.

Esampu joins the wild bulls

Enkikwe and Tusuja browsing

Kandecha exiting the mud bath


This morning there were some wild elephants and graduate orphans drinking at the stockade compound and we noticed that Kandecha had a very swollen tail from another lion attack. We tried to get him into a stockade to treat the wound but he refused, although he was very relaxed. He allowed the Keepers to wash the wound and apply the healing green clay with iodine mixed in. Kandecha is a big elephant and is evidently still a target for these aggressive lions. Turkwel was treated with Enkikwe and then all the orphans walked out to the bush. Kandecha didnít want to stay with the dependent orphans in the bush but chose to follow his own group. Chemi Chemi was around too and we managed to treat him after a long struggle. He was left behind and didnít follow the other orphans. After a few minutes, Tumaren realized that he was not with them and came running back to collect him. She used all means to push him from behind and make him follow the rest of her group. The other babies were busy browsing on their own with Turkwel feeling happy to stay with the babies. Siangiki was kneeling down to cut some grass with her teeth.

Later at noon at the mud bath area, we had a large group of graduate orphans and wild elephants. Yatta, Sunyei and Kinna with their babies were among them. Back in the bush, all the dependent babies were very busy browsing and later Mundusi led the herd back home in the evening for their milk.

Yatta, Sunyei, Kinna and Galana with their babies Yoyo, Siku, Kama and Gawa also visited the stockades today with some wild elephants. They all had some water and left again.

Siangiki uprooting grass

Yatta and Yoyo at the stockade

Turkwel scratching her bottom


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, Yattaís group showed up followed by Mutaraís group. Narokís 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




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