Sad news of Zambian elephant calf Ntubya’s death

Ntubya during her treatment at the Elephant Orphanage Project.Found scared and alone, the elephant calf came into our care severely dehydrated and protein-deficient from weeks of being separated from her mother and her nourishing milk.

Despite two weeks of around-the-clock attention and veterinary care at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery in Zambia, Ntubya never regained condition and died on August 25.

Ntubya was in a peaceful setting, surrounded by the dedicated staff at the Elephant Orphanage Project, a project of Game Rangers International, established by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, in close collaboration with the Zambia Wildlife Authority and International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Named for the remote village in Musungwa Chiefdom in which she was found, Ntubya had become separated from her herd living in Kafue National Park. She was flown to the nursery on a plane by Royal Air Charters. After a few hours she started to suffer from a very low body temperature, EOP staff used horse blankets, mattresses and hot water bottles (generously donated by Lilayi Lodge) to warm her. She received intravenous fluids for rehydration. Sadly we could not get control of her upset stomach due to a high parasite load.

Ntubya will be missed by keepers and elephants at the nursery alike. However we continue to be committed to the rehabilitation of the 13 elephants in our care and their ultimate release back into the wild.


In the comments section, you can leave your condolences or words of encouragement for Ntubya's caretakers. We'll share your positive thoughts, which are much appreciated during this difficult time.

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