Keepers' Diaries, June 2007

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Ithumba Reintegration Unit

Apart from the appearance of a lion and a jackal, both of whom came to the Stockade trough for a drink in the early morning, and Sian and Loijuk taking fright at a dikdik, it has been an uneventful and happy month for the Ithumba orphans with Kenze, Loijuk and Sian now well settled into their new home. Kenze has been embraced by the Big Girls, mainly Mulika and Nasalot choosing to spend time with them, obviously relishing finding himself back in a proper elephant herd. Mulika, especially, seeks him out, and lavishes a great deal of attention on him. Meanwhile Sian and Loijuk are inseparable, having been close Nursery friends, whilst Sunyei and Naserian are always at hand to ensure good behaviour amongst the junior set. Wendi, as usual, is ever eager to engage any visiting humans, and this month has been taking an interest in the Greens Trailer, obviously picking up the odd tasty tidbit that has been left in it. Lualeni and Kora remain extremely close, Kora still a reluctant mud-bather, having never been overly fond of water.. As always, the boy orphans enjoy engaging each other in pushing matches to test dominance and strength, with Rapsu now a force to be reckoned with. Sian and Loijuk, often accompanied by Naserian to ensure that the newcomers do not get lost, have been leading the group on many occasions, showing that they have rapidly learnt the way around their new home. Sunyei, Wendi and Naserian, as previous Nursery Matriarchs remain very much in charge of the younger set, often splitting from the older orphans to feed apart, but reuniting with them when it is time to either go to the mudbath venue, or return to the Stockades in the evenings. Yatta, remains the overall Matriarch of the Ithumba orphans, with Ol Malo still her special “baby”, backed up by Mulika, who, although younger, is also taller, and who still adores Selengai, and also Kenze, and Naserian and her little satellite Orok, who is never far from her side.

Apart from the appearance of a lion and a jackal, both of whom came to the Stockade trough for a drink in the early morning, and Sian and Loijuk taking fright at a dikdik, it has been an uneventful and happy month for the Ithumba orphans with Kenze, Loijuk and Sian now well settled into their new home. Kenze has been embraced by the Big Girls, mainly Mulika and Nasalot choosing to spend time with them, obviously relishing finding himself back in a proper elephant herd. Mulika, especially, seeks him out, and lavishes a great deal of attention on him. Meanwhile Sian and Loijuk are inseparable, having been close Nursery friends, whilst Sunyei and Naserian are always at hand to ensure good behaviour amongst the junior set. Wendi, as usual, is ever eager to engage any visiting humans, and this month has been taking an interest in the Greens Trailer, obviously picking up the odd tasty tidbit that has been left in it. Lualeni and Kora remain extremely close, Kora still a reluctant mud-bather, having never been overly fond of water.. As always, the boy orphans enjoy engaging each other in pushing matches to test dominance and strength, with Rapsu now a force to be reckoned with. Sian and Loijuk, often accompanied by Naserian to ensure that the newcomers do not get lost, have been leading the group on many occasions, showing that they have rapidly learnt the way around their new home. Sunyei, Wendi and Naserian, as previous Nursery Matriarchs remain very much in charge of the younger set, often splitting from the older orphans to feed apart, but reuniting with them when it is time to either go to the mudbath venue, or return to the Stockades in the evenings. Yatta, remains the overall Matriarch of the Ithumba orphans, with Ol Malo still her special “baby”, backed up by Mulika, who, although younger, is also taller, and who still adores Selengai, and also Kenze, and Naserian and her little satellite Orok, who is never far from her side.

June 2007 day to day

01 Jun

Naserian Sian and Loijuk were the leaders out into the field today. En route Napasha and Kinna engaged one another in a pushing game, which was ended by the intervention of Yatta. At noon, Kenze, Loijuk and Sian went straight into the waterhole to cool their bodies before taking their milk, obviously not yet adjusted to the heat of Ithumba! Later Ndomot, Sian, Loijuk and Kenze enjoyed scratching themselves against the trees.

Sian standing in the water

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