Nyambeni is alive today because an ordinary man stepped up and went to extraordinary lengths to save her life.
Her story began in Mula, a small village in the heart of the Meru landscape. On the morning of 9th May 2022, a suspicious noise captured a farmer’s attention. He followed the sound to the bank of a shallow, muddy ditch — where he was surprised to find a tiny elephant calf crying out to him! She must have fallen in the night before, as her herd migrated from the Shaba grasslands to the Nyambene Hills. Wary of human presence, elephants traverse farmlands under cover of darkness and remain constantly on the move. Fearful of what might happen if they stayed in the area for too long, the calf’s family was forced to leave their little one behind.
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21 months old
9 May 2022
Meru Region, Imenti Forest
Date of Birth (approximate)
1 February 2022
Stuck in ditch
Age at Rescue
3 months old (approx)
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Nyambeni playing on Kerrio
Nyambeni with Mokogodo
Mokogodo and Nyambeni
Kerrio, Nyambeni and Mageno in the mud bath
Nyambeni, Shujaa and Mzinga
Nyambeni and Taroha paddling
Muridjo, Kerrio and Nyambeni
Nyambeni and Mushuru