Fungulani, affectionately known as Lani is the latest graduate to join the release herd.
Fungulani was found in a forest by community members of the Fungulani village on December 14th, 2018.
She was separated from her herd while they were crossing the border into Mozambique. After being spotted, she was closely observed with the hope that her mother or herd would return for her. However, after five hours of close monitoring, it was apparent that Fungulani was alone and her herd had moved on.
The cause of Fungulani’s orphaning is unknown, as her mother may have been separated from her due to human-elephant conflict or killed as a result of poaching. The two local community members observing her called Game Rangers International and the EOP Wildlife Rescue Department team was deployed. They quickly stabilized Fungulani in the field as she had already lost body condition, and then transferred her to Lilayi Elephant Nursery. Fungulani’s first few days at the nursery were quite challenging, as she was malnourished and struggled to get up by herself.
Nevertheless, with the warm welcome from her surrogate siblings and much care from the keepers, Lani’s condition quickly improved.
Over time Lani has grown into a very strong and dominant character, quickly exhibiting matriarchal behaviours as she began to mother the younger orphans coming into our care. At 3½ years old, Lani was very ready to progress into her next phase of rehabilitation. Old enough to be weaned from milk and human support and to join the Release Herd in Kafue National Park, where she will continue her journey back to the wild.
By adopting Fungulani, you are supporting them in their journey back to the wild in the following ways.
Gold Package ($180)
Supporting the Elephant in their journey back to the wild, the wildlife rangers who care for them, the rangers to protect them against wildlife crime and the rangers who work with the communities to educate and engage them.
Silver Package ($120)
Supporting the elephant in their journey back to the wild, the wildlife rangers who care for them and the rangers who protect them against wildlife crime.
Junior Package ($150)
Supporting the elephant in their journey back to the wild and the wildlife rangers who care for them.
Digital Package ($65)
Supporting the elephant in their journey back to the wild.