Posted March 7, 2014 in All
One of the main goals of the Elephant Orphanage Project is to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned elephants into Kafue National Park in Zambia.
Chodoba, which means ‘lost and found’ in the local language, is the oldest elephant at the orphanage, at nine years of age. He was rescued back in 2007, weak and alone. Today, he is nearing maturity. He is kept at the Kafue Release Facility, but spends increasing amounts of time away from the facility with wild elephants. As part of his release process, it is expected that he will gradually leave the security and comfort of the facility as he gains in confidence. In anticipation of this, and to monitor his whereabouts, Chodoba has just been fitted with a GPS tracking collar. This will allow the Game Rangers International team to monitor his movements when he is away from the facility.
This is fantastic news for the Elephant Orphanage Project as they move towards their first release. Game Rangers International are also working extensively on anti-poaching, research and education and outreach projects in the neighbouring communities to help secure the wildlife populations of Kafue for the future.
If you would like to learn more about the work of the Elephant Orphanage Project, particularly concerning their orphaned elephant Suni, then why not attend a talk led by the team in Surrey. Suni suffered paralysing axe wounds to her spine when her mother was killed by poachers. Learn more about Suni’s extraordinary story, the surgery that has saved her life and her ongoing fight for survival. You can find out more information here: http://www.davidshepherd.org/news-events/event/sunis-story-at-the-university-of-surrey/