Chartered flight brings rescued baby elephant “Ntubya” to Zambia orphanage

"Ntubya" being fed in her travel crate as she arrives at Lilayi Elephant Nursery.Last Wednesday, an 18-month-old elephant calf, named “Ntubya” after the village in which she was rescued, safely arrived safely at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery.

People living in the remote village of Ntubya in Musungwa Chiefdom, bordering Kafue National Park, found her scared and alone after she had been sighted without her herd several times over the last three weeks.

They knew that she needed help and called the Zambia Wildlife Authority who asked the Elephant Orphanage Project to respond.

In this isolated area of Zambia, local residents have limited access to electricity or phone signal but they still managed to get a message out to help this little elephant. The team at the Kafue Release Facility travelled straight to Ntubya and found the calf severely emaciated and dehydrated. It is thought that she has been away from her mother for at least 2-3 weeks.

She is very weak and all our efforts are being concentrated on stabilising her condition.

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A rescue mission like Ntubya’s could not have been possible without chartering a plane for which we have to thank Royal Air Charters.

We would also like to thank our partners the Zambia Wildlife Authority for veterinary support, the Millers of Lilayi Farm for logistical support and the communities of Ntubya in Musungwa Chiefdom.

Ntubya has a tough few weeks ahead of her...your support is key to upping her chances.

The Elephant Orphanage Project and Ntubya herself have a tough few weeks ahead of us.

She will be given 24-hour care and all of her medical and emotional needs attended to.

--SD

Your support is one of the keys to increasing Ntubya's chances. Donate now.

The Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP) is a project of Game Rangers International, which works in close collaboration with the Zambia Wildlife Authority and is supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

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