Six orphan elephants were transported after a trek of nearly a thousand miles to Victoria Falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Animals named Marcy, Jack, Johnny, Tessa, Mana and a princess were found trapped in dry water pits in particular that dried up in 2018 and 2019, according to an animal welfare organization called the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Mothers died or left their young children alone. Mana was also injured by an attack by predators.
The animals raised near Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, were sent to their new home on Sunday and released on Monday at the Banda Maswi Wildlife Park, where nine elephants live so far.
“It was amazing to see the older animals running down the hill with excited horns and snorting to greet the little ones.” Roxy Dancourts, a fellow at Wild is Life (WIL), said, “The greeting was amazing: They gently touched each other and their noses and rubbed their faces together.
Baby elephants now need to learn to care for themselves in the wild. (MTI)
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