nkala-a-rescued-ele-cEOP-webAction for the Wild has supported The Elephant Orphanage Project since 2010, providing annual donations of £5,000.

2013 has been a successful year for the project in their work to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned elephants back into the wild. Their goal is to provide a refuge for calves abandoned mostly as a result of poaching and human elephant conflict.

They are now caring for 13 orphaned elephants between their Lilayi Elephant Nursery in Lusaka (6) and their Kafue Release Facility (7). Recent rescues previously reported by Action for the Wild include Nkala who was found last June, and is now stable and well integrated into the Lilayi herd, and Suni, rescued in 2012, paralysed in the right back leg as a result of an axe attack. In 2013 Suni benefitted from an ergonomically designed brace to support her leg enabling her to walk.

The Lilayi Elephant Nursery is open everyday to visitors from Zambia and all over the world, and in 2013, welcomed over 5,100 people to see the elephant orphans and learn about their plight.

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