"Africa currently has a population of about 450 000 elephants, according to IUCN. African Elephants are facing possible extinction within the next 20 years due to an upsurge in the global ivory trade. The crisis is driven by demand for ivory from a rapidly growing and increasingly affluent middle class in China and South East Asia, where ivory is regarded as investment.

For many, ivory carvings represent the ultimate symbol of status and success. To supply this global demand, an elephant is killed, illegally, every 15 minutes. In 2011, 25000 elephant were illegally killed. In 2012, 22 0000 were killed. In 2013 it is estimated that 30 000 were killed.

At this rate of culling, half the elephants in Africa could be gone within a decade. Whilst the elephants in Central and East Africa are bearing the brunt of the poaching problem, Zimbabwe is facing an imminent crisis in poaching. The eyes of the world are now on the Southern African region’s Governments and conservationists to see how positively they will react to this situation.

The ZEN project is one way that we can be seen to be “paying it forward”, both as a private organization and as a National initiative.

Wild is Life Trust and Aware Trust believes in the philosophy that every individual is important.

STATEMENT
To establish an Elephant Orphanage Nursery in the region of Greater Harare, at the Wild is Life Trust, for multiple milk dependent Elephant calves. Only Elephant calves that are rescued due to causes such as poaching, drought, Parental abandonment/death, etc. will be candidates for this project.

No elephant will be willfully or purposefully taken from the wild, without genuine cause for rescue.

This is a pioneer project for Zimbabwe. This project has been successfully implemented in 2 other African Countries.

OBJECTIVES



a)

To hand rear milk dependent orphaned elephant calves, using a specialized formula and husbandry techniques to ensure the maximum survival of the calves

b) When the elephant calves are deemed old enough, at around 4/5 years, they are
re-located to a larger, well protected area, where the wild integration process will be implemented.
c) To assist ZimParks with their Elephant conservation initiatives, by providing material support, where possible.
d) To raise awareness about Elephants in Africa
e) To educate young people about African Elephants
f)
Research and Capacity building in the hand rearing of African Elephant Calves

Moyo – the first Elephant Calf


Moyo was rescued from the Musango area, in February 2014, where he was found abandoned by his herd.

 
Considerable efforts were made to find his natal herd, but there were no Elephants in the area. It is believed that Moyo was a premature calf, and was not able to keep up with the herd, who were under pressure from poaching in the nearby OmayWildlife area.

Moyo weighed 56kg on arrival. A normal elephant calf should weigh 90-100kg. The first few weeks of his life were very challenging indeed and it is a miracle, as well as a testament to his fighting spirit, that Moyo survived. Moyo is now 5 months old, weighing 90kg and drinking 18 litres of specialized formula per day.

Elephant Calf Husbandry
Elephant calves require intensive and specialized husbandry practice. Each calf required a minimum of four handlers, each working on eight hour shifts. The calf is never left alone and is cared for around the clock.
The diet is a specialized formula, devised by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. This includes S26 Gold milk powder, coconut oil and a large variety of vitamin and mineral supplements. The Elephant calves are housed in a heated stable, with a mattress to prevent chafing. The Handlers also require a bed so that they can sleep with the babies. Care is taken to prevent sunburn, chafing, dry skin and parasites. Enrichment and learning are vital aspects of the daily life of an elephant calf.

Financial Assistance
A project of this nature requires large amounts of funding. In order to further develop the project and to fund the daily needs of Moyo, we need your support! Large or small, in cash or kind … Elephantastic appreciation from us all!

Account details:
Peacey Estates T/A Wild is Life Grand
NMB Bank Limited, Zimbabwe
Account Number: 310102342
Branch Code: 11108
Branch: Southerton

Email: roxy@wildlislife.org
Ecocash your donation to: + 263 772 200 132

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