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Meet the elephants fleeing Kent captivity for African homeland

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Earlier this week KentLive brought the news of 13 Howletts Park elephants returning to Africa in a ground-breaking rewilding.

The Aspinall Foundation believe that "no elephant belongs in captivity" and are taking dramatic measures to return the animals to their homeland.

The foundation has labelled it their "largest ever challenge" and claim that no rewilding project of this scale has taken place before.

Read more: 13 Howletts Park elephants to be flown back to Africa

The elephants weigh a whopping total of 25 tonnes and will travel more than 7,000 km on their journey to Africa.

Exactly how the elephants will travel is to be confirmed, but it is expected that will make their big move in an aeroplane.

The animals will travel in special crates and be constantly monitored by vets.

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So, it's time to meet the 13 elephants packing their suitcases and getting their passports at the ready.

Tammi

Tammi

Tammi is the old, wise elephant of the group at 34-years-old and plays the role of a well-respected matriarch.

She's not the most social and only spends time with the others when she decides it's right.

Tammi is recognisable for her slim physique and long legs and can also be a little clumsy, forgetting how big her tusks are and catching them on things.

The elephant is also a mum and has three children, Jara, Uzury and Mirembe.

Jara

Jara

Jara is 16 years old and is the most energetic of the herd, known for her sharp and inquisitive mind.

She is very close with mum Tammi and won't be separated for more than a few minutes.

Jara loves spending time in the pool and mud wallows, meaning she has enviable smooth skin.

Jama

Jama

Jama is 15 and is a social elephant, earmarked as a born leader.

She loves attention from keepers and elephants and is also a young mum to Nusu.

Jama is recognisable for her slight chubbiness and short tusks.

Uzuri

Uzuri

Uzuri is 13 and is the laidback one in the group who is well-liked by the herd.

She's formed a little clique with buddies Manzi, Juluka and Oku in recent times.

Uzuri is also very maternal and affectionate.

Etana

Etana

Etana is 12-years-old and wise past her years.

She's the diplomat of the herd and gets on well with everybody.

That is all except Mchumba – the two can clash every now and again as they get on one another's nerves!

Manzi

Manzi

11-year-old Manzi is the quirky elephant in the herd and has some rather unusual habits.

She's a bit of a noisy eater and uses her own trunk as a pillow when sleeping… each to their own!

Manzi is a little shy when facing new situations but is a right hoot once her playful side is coaxed out.

Mchumba

Mchumba

Mchumba is also 11 and is a very sociable chap.

There's one thing he loves more than anything, which is his food.

Mchumba is also a little accident-prone and has broken his right tusk twice in two years.

Juluka

Juluka

10-year-old Juluka has grown a reputation for adapting well to new situations.

She's sociable and a real hit with the keepers.

Juluka can be easily spotted for her small and round ears.

Impi

Impi

Impi is also 10 and is the live wire of the group.

He's the most energetic of the younger elephants and loves to playfight with Mchumba.

He is perhaps a little boisterous at times, but Impi does have a more gentle side too.

Mirembe

Mirembe

Mirembe is just seven years old and is the explorer of the group.

She loves nothing more than discovering something new and is well respected as the daughter of herd leader Tammi.

Mirembe is recognisable for her tiny tusks and long tail hair.

Nusu

Nusu

Nusu is the happy-go-lucky two-year-old in the group.

He gets on well with the other elephants and is calm just like his mother Jama.

Nusu means 'half pint' in Swahili.

Oku

Oku

Oku is also two and is named after a mountain in Cameroon.

He is confident, a little too much so as he readily play fights with other calves.

Oku looks to learn from older elephants Impi and Mchumba in the group.

Nguvu

Nguvu

Nguvi is the very youngest elephant and is just one-year old.

He lives up to his name, which means 'strong as a rock', and is very playful.

Being so young, Nguvu is still very attached to his mother Etana.

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