The Lilayi Elephant Nursery has welcomed the latest orphan to their herd of babies.
On the tiny island of Hulungwe in the Lower Zambezi in Zambia, a malnourished dehydrated male calf was found lost and alone by staff at the Muchichili Safari House.
It is thought that he was alone on the island for up to 2 weeks. How frightening for a little baby.
It took 10 people to carry the sedated baby elephant onto a boat and across the Zambezi to the waiting truck to take him to his new home at the Lilayi Nursery.
This newest orphan has been named Muchichili (meaning Natal Mahogany – a type of tree). He is approximately 18 months old and still milk dependent.
Muchichili was so excited to meet the other orphans at the nursery and they immediately took him under their trunks.
Second to being with his mother in his herd, he is now in the safest place. Where he will receive 24 hour love and care (by humans and elephants) until he’s ready to join the older orphans at the Kafue Release Facility and begin his journey back to the wild.
Your donation (through the purchase of The Powes And The Disappearing Tusks) will help care for Muchichili and the other orphans at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery. Thank you.For more information about Muchichili and for the latest news from the Elephant Orphanage Project take a look at their facebook page.