With elephant poaching at such an alarming rate, elephant calves are often left to die in the wild.
IFAW works in both India and Zambia to rehabilitate these majestic creatures so they can be released back into the wild.
IFAW is working with our partner organisation, the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), and the Assam Forest Department to care for orphaned animals, including elephants, at our IFAW Wildlife Rescue Centre near Kaziranga, an area with too many human settlements to make local release appropriate.
These young animals lost their mothers to poaching or were permanently separated from their herds because of conflict with humans or natural disasters such as floods. So far, 11 elephants have been released into Manas National Park.
The Elephant Orphanage Project’s (EOP) Lilayi Elephant Nursery on the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia, is the first rehabilitation center of its kind in the Southern African region.
The EOP is a project of Game Rangers International, established by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, in close collaboration with the Zambia Wildlife Authority and IFAW.
As soon as the calves can be weaned from milk they are moved to Kafue National Park to join other older orphaned elephants at the EOP’s Kafue Release Facility before eventually reintegrating with fellow elephants back in the wild.