By Gail A’Brunzo
For anyone who looks at the news, he or she is surely aware that the poaching of wild animals is at crisis levels. Elephants are particularly targeted and slaughtered for their tusks in order to feed the illegal, booming ivory trade.
If allowed to continue at its present rate, very soon there will be no more elephants left in the wild.
But one thing that isn’t usually shared in the media is: What happens to the baby elephants left behind on these horrific mass killing raids that take the lives of mothers, aunts and other family members?
Who takes care of a baby crying piteously and wandering among the death and mass destruction left behind by these poachers; who don’t bother with babies because they have no tusks and therefore have no monetary value?
Elephants mourn much like people do and I can only imagine the heartbreak of seeing your mother killed and cut up before your eyes.
There is an organization in Zambia who does care for these babies left behind and the work they do with these orphaned elephants is amazing. Game Rangers International’s (GRI) Elephant Orphanage Project rescues and rehabilitates orphaned baby elephants and then will reintroduce them into wild elephant families who live in protected habitats.
I had the opportunity late last year to visit the project in Zambia and view first-hand the remarkable work its staff does. More....