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.

Batoka
Batoka
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Chamilandu
Chamilandu
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Kasewe
Kasewe
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Kavalamanja
Kavalamanja
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Maramba
Maramba
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Mkaliva
Mkaliva
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Mosi
Mosi
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Mphamvu
Mphamvu
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Muchichilli
Muchichilli
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Mulisani
Mulisani
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Musolole
Musolole
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Mutaanzi David
Mutaanzi David
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Nkala
Nkala
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Rufunsa
Rufunsa
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Tafika
Tafika
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Ludaka
Ludaka
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Lufutuko
Lufutuko
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