Imenti's Story

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's Story

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Current Age

30 years old



Rescued date

19 January 1994

Rescue Location

Meru Region, Imenti Forest

Date of Birth (approximate)

19 January 1994

Reason Orphaned


Age at Rescue

0 weeks old (approx)

Current Location

Living Wild

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The sad death of Merru

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The rescue of Merru

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Imenti's latest photos

Orphans at the Imenti waterhole

Orphans at the Imenti waterhole

Galana and Imenti at the mudwallow