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Quick Facts about  IMENTI
 

Gender  Male Date of Birth  Wednesday, January 19, 1994
Location Found  Imenti Forest in Meru
Age on Arrival  Hours old
Comments on Place Found  Mother died from gun shot wounds in Imenti forest.
Reason for being Orphaned  Poaching


Imenti was born on the 19th January 1994 near the Imenti Forest in Meru. He was only hours old upon arrival in Nairobi, and was named after the forest that still harbours what remains of his beleaguered herd, entirely surrounded by cultivation and cut off from their traditional migratory route to Mount Kenya. He was still covered in the foetal membranes on arrival, born as his mother died in a hail of gunfire, so is the youngest wild born elephant ever to have been successfully hand reared. Deprived of his mother's first colostrum to stimulate a new baby's immune system, he was a very fragile infant. Normally such calves never survive more than a few weeks, but in this case an infusion of plasma drawn from the blood of one of the older orphans saved the day.

Imenti 1994  Emily and Imenti May 1994.jpg

Imenti and Emily May 1994.jpg

Imenti became the self appointed protector of the orphaned family, chasing away intruders such as buffalo, and also protecting his human family from attack by buffalo the orphans encountered on their daily wanderings in the bush.

Edie climbing on Imenti  Emily, Imenti, Aitong and Malaika

Imenti always prefered the role of "Uncle" to all the younger orphans; the first to lie down for newcomers to become better acquainted by clambering over him, possessive of his orphan "family" and a mischievous elephant who enjoyed the odd prank. He was extremely fond of Emily growing up, with whom he shared the Nursery, and is reluctant to be parted from her for any length of time, although he often travels with the other Big Boys, now independent.

Imenti in his night stockade at Ithumba


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