UPDATE: Two new calves admitted to GRI-Elephant Orphanage Project

“Busy” used to be a fair description of the Zambia Elephant Orphanage Project’s typical schedule. Lately though, “busy” simply doesn’t cut it.

It’s been an extraordinary busy few months with four new rescues, a “de-snaring” of a teenage wild elephant and a tail surgery.

We reported on the rescue of Njanji and Mwenbwe and the removal of the snare of a teenage elephant back in August.  Sadly, the 2.5 year old male orphan, Mwenbwe was too malnourished and dehydrated and succumbed to his condition in spite of the expert care provided by staff.

Kakaro (in front) and Kasewe (in rear) came into care at the EOP through recent rescues, joining fellow orphan Njanji at the Nursery.

Life was settling down to normal again when on a few weeks later another call came in and the team headed out for another rescue. Less than a year old, Kakaro was found wandering alone and in need of supportive care. Luckily, immediate help was provided from two scouts who’d been trained last year by EOP staff on how to bottle feed drinking water and electrolytes. Kakaro was taken to the Nursery where more sophisticated medical care could be provided to him.

Two days later, yet another call came in to report a young female calf whose mother had been shot in a bordering country. Kasewe had been corralled by a primary school teacher to keep her safe until the team arrived.

Poor Kakaro dealt with digestive issues and bloat at the Nursery. To add to his misery, a portion of his tail was missing – probably bitten off by a crocodile – and surgery had to be performed to remove more of the appendage. Sincere and grateful thanks go to the dedicated staff of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife who worked tirelessly to secure and transport the orphans once spotted.


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