The following is information on the Elephant Orphan named: IMENTI  (foster now)

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

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12/18/2018 - The orphans settled for some lucerne pellets as soon as they left the stockades. The sky was clear which meant it was going to be a hot day. The orphans were not in a hurry to rush out to browse, as they knew there was no need; following the November/December rains there is plenty of vegetation around. Barsilinga teamed up with Enkikwe and patted him on the head. Enkikwe’s lion attack was nearly 10 months ago, and he is still limping. He will probably have this limp for the rest of his life. Barsilinga left after comforting Enkikwe. Dupotto came across a rock that she used to scratch her buttocks on as the rest of the herd concentrated on browsing.

At mud bath time, the sun was really hot and all the orphans participated fully in the wallowing exercise. In the afternoon, they settled to browse close to the Imenti area up to five o'clock in the evening, when Sana Sana led the first group back to the stockades.

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 Imenti Ithumba Imenti, in his night stockade at Ithumba
Imenti Ithumba
photo taken on 12/21/2003
Imenti, in his night stockade at Ithumba
photo taken on 11/21/2003


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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