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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1/2/2018 - After leaving the stockades, the orphans briefly settled for lucerne before Ukame led the way to the browsing field. Roi opted to browse with Kauro as Ukame settled to feed with Pare. Maramoja had a lengthy chat with Siangiki before moving to join Rapa to browse. The temperature continued to skyrocket making the orphans flap their ears continuously as they went on browsing. They also walked under trees with shade as they slowly moved to the mud bath. After having their noon bottle feeds, Karisa led the group to wallow in the mud bath. Shortly after, they went to dust themselves with soil to dry off.
In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse in the Imenti area where Kauro and Namalok took a break from feeding to relax under a tree until the temperature dropped. In the evening, the orphans passed by the mud bath where they had an evening cool-off.

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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 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.

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.    

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