GRI's Wildlife Rescue Department provides sanctuary to orphaned elephant calves, separated from their herds as a result of ivory poaching or human-elephant conflict. 

We need your help to give these elephants a second chance!

Digital Adoption

For a minimum donation of US$65 per year you can become an adoptive parent to one of six orphaned elephants in our care. In return, you will receive: 

  • A personalised digital Adoption Certificate

  • A digital profile and photographs of your orphan

  • Exclusive e-updates highlighting events in the progress of your orphan

  • Exclusive photos, videos and artwork for your orphan

  • Reflections from GRI's Elephant Keepers

  • A subscription to GRI's monthly newsletter

Physical Adoption* - Upgrade to a Physical Adoption for just $35! 

For a minimum donation of US$100 a year, you will also receive:

  • 3 Orphaned elephant postcards

  • A mounted pencil sketch of your elephant

  • A Little Ndaba crochet toy, handmade by women in Zambia

  • A GRI car sticker

Your adoption pack will be dispatched within 3 working days from the date we receive your order. For UK delivery allow up to 10 working days for it to arrive. For Europe, allow 21 working days and for the rest of the world 6 weeks.

*Please note Physical Adoptions are currently only available for: Chamilandu, Nkala, Kasewe and Lufutuko. 

To adopt an elephant:


Kafue Release Facility

Chamilandu was only 1.5 years old when her mother was shot by poachers, leaving her a helpless orphan in South Luangwa National Park. With the help and care of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, GRI's Wildlife Rescue Department rescued Chamilandu in November 2007.  She was a strong, healthy and boisterous young elephant calf, but was traumatised by the loss of her mother and suffered terrible nightmares.


Over time, Chamilandu has grown into an incredibly affectionate young elephant. She has strong matriarchal instincts and has mothered all the younger calves, ensuring they are welcomed into the herd, and madae history when delivered her very own wild born calf in September 2019!


Kafue Release Facility

Kasewe was rescued at only 9 months of age in September 2016, just four days after her mother had been shot for crop raiding in Mozambique. She was found by a teacher named Sabina, who saw the small orphan wandering alone by the Kasewe stream. Sabina managed to capture Kasewe with her brother and children and restrained her with a chitenge (traditional cloth often used as a skirt) until the rescue team arrived. She was safely transferred to the Elephant Nursery, where she sought the attention of the Keepers to provide her with comfort and reassurance. With nutritional support and the company of her surrogate siblings, Kasewe has settled in well with the rest of the orphan herd at the Nursery.


Kafue Release Facility

Nkala was discovered by farmers in June 2013, as he wandered alone and distressed among cattle. His herd had been driven away from agricultural land and never returned. After hearing about the Wildlife Rescue Department on GRI’s community radio show, the farmers notified the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, and GRI deployed to the small community bordering Kafue National Park. At only 3 months old, Nkala was traumatised and in desperate need of milk.


Over time, he has grown in strength and confidence, and was successfully translocated to the Release Facility in 2016, where he has become an integral member of the herd. 


Lilayi Elephant Nursery

In June 2018, 6 month old Lufutuko ("Tuko") was found wandering frightened and alone in Livingstone. With support from DNPW, GRI rescued the little orphan, and safely transferred her to the Elephant Nursery.


Tuko's recovery was slow. Her digestive system struggled to adapt to the specialised milk formula, and she suffered from a blood parasite, but was too weak to cope with the treatment drugs. However,  with targeted veterinary treatment, and the care and attention of her Keepers she gradually gained strength and is now an extremely playful and confident young calf.


Lilayi Elephant Nursery

Community members captured Ludaka young elephant after spotting alone in Rufunsa GMA. Once stable, GRI's Wildlife Rescue Team began the long, slow journey back to the Elephant Nursery. Upon arrival, the calf rushed out of the trailer and into the boma where he spent a few hours calming down before being lured into a stable with food. ⁣

Ludaka's extremely emaciated condition was indicative of being without his mother for a long period of time, which may have compromised his internal organ system. Therefore, great care is being taken over his diet, with small steps to increase his intake whilst supporting his weakened state.⁣


Lilayi Elephant Nursery

Near South Luangwa National Park DNPW Rangers came across this tragic scene… A mother elephant agonisingly caught around the neck in a poacher’s snare and bearing 3 gun shot wounds! Standing under her chin, her 1-year-old calf stood in terror after the traumatic experience of being shot at and running for their lives.⁣


Tragically, Olimba's mother was too injured to be saved and had to be put out of her suffering. Having been stabilised at Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust, Olimba was flown to the Lilayi Elephant Nursery, where she receives round-the-clock care from her team of dedicated Keepers

  • the name/s you would like to appear on the certificate

  • the email/postal address of the recipient 

  • which of the following elephants you wish you adopt: 

1. Please please make your donation via our PayPal Account or JustGiving Page

2. Email us  with confirmation, indicating:



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