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December 7, 2013

Orphaned Baby Elephants Need Our Help. ~ Alicia Wozniak

I woke up to baby elephants needing help.

We get a lot of junk mail, whether it’s email or good old fashioned snail mail. However, a plea for help found in my junk mail was immediately moved to my inbox.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW, is highlighting the need to help 13 orphaned baby elephants in Zambia for their 2013 Holiday Giving campaign.

I received this email from Jason Bell, IFAW Program Director, Elephants:

“This is a story of tragedy that’s turned into a tale of hope. It’s the story Suni and 12 other orphans need you.

Most of the 13 baby elephants’ mothers were killed by poachers, and now they require round-the-clock care.

That’s why IFAW has entered an exciting new partnership, the Zambia Elephant Orphanage. I’ve committed $100,000 this first year to help protect and raise the orphaned baby elephants. I’m hoping you’ll play a part by helping today.

Suni was found dragging herself along a road, her right back leg paralyzed by a horrific axe attack by an unknown assailant. She was rescued and brought to the Orphanage.

The round-the-clock care given by the Orphanage’s Keepers and veterinarians has helped Suni regain some use of her leg, but she still is not able to walk normally. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the constant veterinary care she’s receiving at the Orphanage will result in a full recovery.

The Orphanage was started by Game Rangers International to give orphaned baby elephants a safe home to grow up in. Working in close partnership with the Zambia Wildlife Authority and The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, IFAW is supporting the Orphanage’s efforts.

After a period of months or even years, the elephants will be moved to the protected Kafue National Park, where they will hang out with other elephants and continue their rehabilitation. Eventually the grown-up orphans will say goodbye to their keepers and become part of an existing wild family.

We’re protecting the baby elephants and providing them with nourishing food and medical care, as well as a nurturing, mothering presence.”

We can give as much as we wish. Every little bit helps. 

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Editor: Catherine Monkman

{Photo: elephant journal digital archives}

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