Zambia Elephant Orphanage has wheels!

The Zambia Elephant Orphanage has a new truck thanks to your generous donations.

Thanks to a generous donation from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP) secured a much-needed vehicle to support the daily work at Zambia Elephant Orphanage.

The donated Toyota Hilux double cab will also be essential during new elephant calf rescues, since it will allow the rescue team to mobilise without delay. As soon as an orphan rescue alert is received, the highly experienced team at the Elephant Nursery can be deployed.

The rescue team is comprised of Elephant Keepers, an EOP Manager and a Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) vet. Together they can stabilise the orphan in the field before making further plans to transport the calf to the Nursery.

Whilst it is unlikely that a young elephant calf would be transported on the back of this vehicle for longer distances (although it is not impossible for shorter distances), the double cab will be equipped with all the essential tools to set up a temporary quarantine for an orphan in the field.

In addition to playing an essential part in elephant rescues, the new vehicle is absolutely vital for the daily operations of the Elephant Nursery. From transporting staff and equipment, to rationing and re-supply, having a vehicle at hand has made life at the Nursery much more streamlined and self-sufficient.

The Orphanage is currently home to four elephant orphans. They are the victims of poaching or human elephant conflicts, which are serious threats to wildlife in Zambia. The orphans get the care and support they need to get over their traumatic losses. The well-trained elephant keepers provide around-the-clock care as the group becomes a new little herd. After being successfully rehabilitated, the young elephants are moved to the Kafue Release Facility, in southern Kafue National Park, where they are prepared for a life in the wild.

The Elephant Orphanage Project is a project of Game Rangers International, established by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF), in close collaboration with the ZAWA and IFAW.

The Zambia Elephant Orphanage is hugely thankful to IFAW for the donation of its own designated vehicle!


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