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Bomani, who appears to have withdrawn his membership from Narok's group, reported early before dawn to join with Laragaiís group. We not sure of the status of Narokís herd as they have all separated. Narok was seen hanging out with Yattaís herd and we think Orwa and Vuria have joined another herd. After the juniors were let out, Pare exchanged morning greetings with Bomani by entwining their trunks. Shortly afterwards, Bomani offered to lead the way to the browsing field.

Galla settled to browse with Rapa. The two didn't feed together for long though as Rapa couldn't tolerate Gallaís behaviour. Galla kept trying to take what Rapa had been working so hard to feed on for himself. Kauro settled to feed with Sirimon who is an independent boy and they engaged in a brief chat that was interrupted by Laragai, who happened to pass by and shove Kauro aside to make room. Kauro wasn't happy about the bossy behaviour of this older girl, but there was nothing he could do since by protesting he would be inviting the wrath of Laragai! Kauro parted ways with Sirimon and headed to feed on his own. At mud bath time the orphans fully participated in the wallowing exercise, and after they were briefly joined by two wild bulls but they were a bit scared of them, and so they walked towards the keepers. In the evening, Bomani returned with the orphans back to the stockade and since he had no group to join outside, he was so happy when he was allowed to spend the night in the stockade with the juniors.


Galla and Rapa browsing together

Sirimon and Kauro


Yatta, Kinna, baby Kama, baby Yoyo, Yetu, Naserian, Sidai, Orwa, Bomani and Teleki were at the stockade compound when the orphans were let out. Yatta and the babies Yoyo and Kama stood at the entrance as if they were counting the orphans one by one as they came out of the stockade. Enkikwe was the last one to leave and amazingly enough, the ever playful Kama decided to gang up with Yoyo and hold Enkikwe captive for almost a minute. The two rascals attacked Enkikwe from the sides knowing that due to his injury he could not turn quickly to get them. After Yoyo and Kama had terrorized Enkikwe for long enough, the two naughty ones ran away knowing that Enkikwe had no way of catching up with them, since he cannot run fast.

The ex-orphans escorted the juniors to the browsing field and after parted ways. Karisa and Naseku at had a brief chat that ended with a strength testing exercise. Wanjala, who was feeding close by, was jealous of the two having a nice pushing game and so came forward to disrupt their peaceful game. On the way to the mud bath, the orphans were again joined by Yatta and her small group. The two groups had a spectacular wallowing before parting ways again. Zurura and Kenze also attended mud bath with Zurura checking on Enkikwe before walking away. In the afternoon the orphans browsed for the rest of the day.

Yatta, Yoyo, Enkikwe and Kama

Orphans leaving the mudbath

Zurura and Enkikwe


Mutaraís group as usual reported in the morning as the orphans were preparing themselves to go into the bush. They surrounded Enkikwe and had a brief chat with him. We thought they were trying to ask him if he was okay going out with the others for the whole day, and if it was putting strain on his leg. We think Enkikwe likes the exercise and socializing with his friends again. It is good for him to use his leg and get it moving, although he will never walk the same.

An hour after the orphans left for browsing, the senior ex-orphans led by Yatta passed through the stockade compound in the company of three wild bulls, with one bull being in musth. Makiretiís group and Narokís group have now merged with senior ex orphans but we are not sure for how long. At mud bath time, all the orphans including Enkikwe, who is really enjoying the company of his friends after being kept back at the stockades for over 2 months, had a spectacular wallowing session. After the orphans had enough, Kithaka, Tusuja, Oltaiyoni, Ukame, Kauro, Namalok and Wanjala headed for red soil dusting. Tusuja decided to quit the soil dusting exercise when Kithaka tried to climb on him without asking him for permission. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse and Maramoja decided to team up with Laragai for a conversation. We could hear them rumbling away. At around 3.30pm, the weather changed, and the sky opened up and we had rain for nearly half an hour that measured 16 mm.

Wild elephant with the ex orphans

Laragai and Maramoja

Kithaka riding on Tusuja


The sky was crystal clear in the morning when the orphans were let out. Mutara, Suguta, Kainuk, Turkwel, Sities, Kanjoro and Kilaguni welcomed the juniors out and walked with them to the bush. Kanjoro as usual met with Garzi and they had a strength testing exercise that ended again in a draw. Kauro started his day's activities by performing a soil dusting exercise using his versatile trunk. Shortly later, his game attracted Suguta who joined him, and then forced him out from where he was performing the soil dusting exercise. Kauro wasn't pleased but he had no choice other than to respect his elders wish.

The orphans settled to browse and Kilaguni and Kanjoro visited a nearby dam and had an early wallowing session while engaging in strength testing exercise. The orphans were visited briefly by Yattaís herd including baby Yoyo, Mulika, Mwende, Kinna, baby Kama, Galana, baby Gawa, Ithumbah, Loijuk, Makena, Lenana, Narok, Yetu, Lualeni, Kilabasi, Makireti, Zurura, Wendi, baby Wiva and Rapsu. After mud bath, the orphans headed to the lower kalovoto area where they settled to browse for the rest of the day. Mutaraís group parted ways with juniors and left.

In the evening, a few minutes to seven o'clock, Siangiki and Olsekki who had been missing for nine days, arrived in the company of Mutaraís group Orwa, Bomani, Vuria and Kilaguni. Though darkness was approaching, the wounds that were as a result of an attempted lion attack on Siangikiís back and tail were now clearly visible. The two were bundled into the stockade to join their friends and application of green clay to the wounds was to commence the following day. Laragaiís group is almost complete; now we are just waiting for Boromoko to show up since he has joined the senior ex-orphans.

Mutara's group

Kauro soil dusting

Kanjoro and Kilaguni wallowing


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




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