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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10/16/2017 - Early in the morning a group of wild elephants totaling twenty in number reported for water at the stockade water troughs. A wild mother with her three calves had come to join the orphans to feed on lucerne. Nasalot, who was missing the previous day with Lenana, showed up in the morning looking good. Nasalot walked the baby Nusu up to the stockade escorted by Chyulu and Lenana. Once the juniors were let out, Tusuja had the opportunity to familiarize himself with Nusu as Sidai stood guard. Shortly later, there was a scuffle when two wild elephants tried to chase away some wild dogs and buffaloes that had come for water at the stockade. Yatta and her group reported and joined the juniors for lucerne. Kamok briefly chatted with Kama as Boromoko played with Galla.

Out in the bush, the orphans were joined by Yatta and her group and at eleven o'clock, they escorted them to the mud bath. At mud bath time the herd was joined by fifteen wild bulls. In the afternoon, the orphans settled to browse on the western slopes of Ithumba Hill while Yatta’s group settled to browse in the Imenti area. It was a hot afternoon, and the orphans had to rest under a tree for sometime before resuming browsing. In the evening the orphans as usual passed by the mud bath again for an evening wallow.

The Two Latest Photos of IMENTI: (view gallery of pictures for IMENTI)

 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

ORPHAN PROFILE FOR: IMENTI (foster now)


A male calf born l9.l.94 near the Imenti Forest in Meru; Age on Arrival - hours old. 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, this calf 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. Today Imenti is the self appointed Protector of our orphaned family, chasing away intruders such as buffalo, and also protecting his human family from attack by buffalo the orphans encounter on their daily wanderings in the bush.



Imenti likes 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 enjoys the odd prank. He is extremely fond of Emily 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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