MEET THE HERD
Throughout Zambia elephant calves are found orphaned or displaced as a result of ivory poaching and human-elephant conflictS. Under the age of two years old these calves are very unlikely to survive without the incredibly nutrient rich milk of their mothers.
Lilayi Elephant Nursery
Once an orphan has been identified, DNPW and GRI work to either stabilise the calf in situ or bring it to the safety of the Elephant Nursery in Lusaka. Here an experienced team of Keepers and veterinary specialists provide round the clock care, nursing the traumatised calves back to health.
Kafue Release Facility
Over time they begin to bond and socialise with the other orphans within the Nursery and gradually begin to form a new family. Once physically strong enough and old enough to be weaned from milk formula the elephants are moved to the Elephant Release Facility in Kafue National Park where they join the older orphaned elephants in a much bigger herd. Here they learn the importance of herd structure, hierarchy and etiquette, which is a vital element of their development and journey back into the wild.