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i think it's the texture on the face and the fact that it's soft and we're trying to replicate to a point the mother. put it into that instinct to put it out so we can get the bottle. was being with us all 2 weeks to the day actually it was 2 weeks ago today that we rescued and so we crossed the 10 day mark i mean he arrived very young very vulnerable and we didn't know it was going to be touch and go. deprived of their mothers' baby elephants can't survive in the wild without help unlike some other animals elephants won't really young that isn't. found to the scent of folk wolf and animals to help them get back on their feet and
prepare them to return to the wild. to begin. with. that. is so they elephants start off the day when the sun rises early in the morning the handlers come they clean out the stables they feed the fence and then they let them out and they walk with them from the nursery. to the bush which is a $300.00 pisa version bush that they have got to themselves just then the handlers and a few antelope so they come here in the morning they roam around freely together they feed they eat range of things leaves roots grass different things and they feed. drink water. they also swim in the mud just do things that elephants do and they do
it together as a herd so they come here every day and then when it starts getting dock at about 4 or 5 o'clock they'll start walking together with they had back to the nursery. full. we got a phone call to say that there was this race young elephant that had been orphaned and he is a victim of pitching down in the south of the country and he was found a learn but in an area where there is. going on currently it's very very hot down there it's a very hostile environment to be a tough environment so we sent a plane and we collected him.
once on the airplane usually depending on the situation of the car. we put up a drip and we administer a few other critical components to making sure that the elephant survives the full journey of the earth and played right this is usually anywhere between an hour the hof to 3 hours. it can be it can be one of the most challenging things because you're in a small airplane you have 802150 you know elephants that is in the plane with you and the change in air pressure at the pumps it can make it can make these journeys very difficult. so we got him pat and and put him on the formula that he was he and we then realized that he's a very very young calf he has no teeth. he doesn't know how to use his trunk you
it's his coordination is not they it so i estimate him to be i estimated to mum arrival to be about 3 or 4 days old we use for limpopo we're using a moat called is 26 gold this is a human formula and we found that this formula it's not perfect but it works ok. this is calcium. elephants need a huge amount of calcium for the bones so this is actually. dark calcium phosphate and it's been specifically measured. so that we know exactly how much she needs every day so she gets 2 of these skips it re day. what we also add is some. coconut milk unfortunately it's not fraîche but we don't have coconuts in zimbabwe so we have to use the. the turned the turned one.
and then we go. to find the baby. the one awake during mate with the new boy by spending time about it hours and then we do the dishes. right there with the limpopo is so good his. employer is a little one i'm sure about the one you know talks all day i'm not quite sure but he's doing so well it is hard to work with these new. young. elephants. it's a tough week. we're trying our best to drink 1st family moved to zimbabwe more than a 100 years ago for 5 generations they've tried to live in harmony with nature and
keep it pristine for their descendants but in this damage that simple objective has become a real mission. where the wildlife sanctuary it's on it's been developed on the family farm i'm a 4th generation zimbabwean my family moved 4 generations ago and we've been on this ever since this. is a commercial operation and there are about 2 and a half 1000 people living on this property. we've been looking after animals led by my mother she has been doing the work on that for more than 20 years but slightly different because they can be a lot easier and they have the same lifetime as an elephant but when she decided to take on this work of looking after the often elephants. we were very excited about
it of course but also a little bit nervous because it's such a lifetime commitment and it's a huge responsibility and a massive weight on all of us old shoulders that it was one of happiness because we . but also of nervousness of that lifetime commitment to looking after these animals which can live for 60 or 70 years. i very purchased with the weapon so there's still a problem in this area yes very it's a problem because the it will be green elephants was here we discovered several friends yeah with the. able to talk to me yes it. was
a 20 short you know they have to be i thought ok just so they shoot the elephants painting hunting rifles are going to get a great was how do they take over when you're going to be able to use the excess to chop off big access to space and they cut the faces cut to the 50 forming that they're different yeah. our 1st rescue was a little elephant a moyal who was a victim of poaching and she was a tiny tiny little elephant and we didn't know very much about raising elephants at that time so i had done a lot of research and a lot of reading about how to raise baby elephants not realizing quite how different they are to all the other a 1000000 species that i had raised before and i've raised a lot of animals before it really was a big shock and i literally lived that elephant for months and months and months
and it was a combination of all of. the physical obviously of a night but also her emotional needs were significant and i found that i was able to really. engage with her and empathize with. and become a mom i needed to be her mother. you know i'll never i'll never forget that moment of seeing this little baby elephant run up to me lift up her trunk and it was it was a moment of recognition it was a moment where we kind of realized the bag i realized the magnitude and the responsibility of the work that my mother was doing and why was no nearly 4. nearly 5 years old and she is a strong healthy elephant. again i think that's what is really powerful about this project is it's a legacy project these animals. they live to 607080 years old
my mom isn't going to be around to see these animals when they're in there with him in the hallway. this is the sun is up. in this field with us for all. the broken back late. you see is the back left leg was broken and fused with him. but he can still walk ok. but you can see where it was. and. it's a 2 and 9 years old now so he's the oldest one in the screws and this is boyle she is not nearly 5 years all. the. young elephants have come to us. myspace really brutal poaching incidents because
sadly the baby elephants often do see their mothers not only be killed but also be cut up and orchard. and that's terrible i mean they carry that with them and sometimes we've had cases where. be elephants have been rescued and brought to us and physically there's nothing wrong with them but they are just so heartbroken and and they just lose the will to love physically they can be healthy but if they've had too much trauma and they hold on to their trauma they can die they can literally die from a broken heart. i do believe elephant smile i see it in these little ones they hold a show expression changes and this little mouse. they look up and i look at you
like this and the whole the whole expression changes and that ears evenly when they're smiling. i have no science. to prove that i can't and i can say yes elephants model they dance. for me with my observations of behavior when an elephant is happy particularly a baby they whole face lights up and it's just it's just it's so special to watch.
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you. know if this is a little infant i'll be happy why best bozo's. soon my children it's bad to say i'm. sure there would be any elephant all animal but scintillating. the most difficult parts of the job would be. to make a decision. which i don't do very often and i don't take this decision lightly of when to say enough is enough when a baby has become so compromised and is suffering that we have to make the
decision to put that animal to sleep. i then have to be strong for the animal i have to be strong for my teen i have to be strong for the family but i have my own pain and i can only. deal with my own pain privately. so this is a very big bull elephant may be 30 or 40 years old walking along a in 2017 october 12th. but when 17. we discovered that if we were paid to know. which were killed by say you need. indeed they say no it was a still visit born. he. used
a bridge when the. industry. was dropping some stuff from the part of the oranges which waned in a part of the plastics so i think that diesel would be one which attempted to be using this. from a far distance in the old they were also coming from the what a point. to the fitting. in 2017 china imposed on task every imports however the number of elephants being killed is not diminishing every year african customs service is destroyed dozens of
in this in this part of the country which is northwest in zimbabwe close to victoria falls we have leased a vast expanse of land called the panda mystery forest and the reason we have leased this piece of land is specifically for us to have an area where we can eventually release our elephants to be free and live a life of freedom in the wild. but we also wanted to make an impact on the wild elephant populations that are living there and have been persecuted in the past not only by poaching but by hunting as well we moved the elephants the 1st 6 elephants from the nursery near to. all the way up to here to panama city 18 hour journey it was quite a quite a big one and quite complicated but it went very well and all of the elephants
survived and very well. when we brought the elephants here from harare. the truck came here and we we offloaded them here not at the top because we were worried that. if the truck was going up the hill that it would get stuck so we were worried about it getting stuck instead of that we we built this. city in the truck arrived and then we offloaded them and they walked themselves off into here and then they just spent one or 2 days here. while they were settling in and then after that one or 2 days reopen the gate and we walked them into that they've stayed since but we still use the sometimes if we need to keep them here the water so they come to drink in the day. all the way to consume a national park and then across to both swan so it's a very big area surrounded by
a protected area yeah that's what makes it so important for elephants is because it's right in the middle of a network of different protected areas and it was not safe before from hunting and poaching so it was difficult for elephants to connect does areas now that it's safe and secure creates a much bigger area in terms of the small 'd puzzle of areas this is the middle piece and the last piece which we've now secured that's very good for elephants but for all other animals. it's meant to be. hello go circa go. you know so ok go right good go right. good go. go. thank you. and this is better no problem no. that's good. either growing bigger.
and i've said to ringback say it's all been extremely nicely said they have adapted to the new food in your environment they're starting to interact and communicate with the other wild elephants we now are allowing them to go further and further away from the bombers but it is a slow process and we are taking it very slowly and carefully because they are such big and complex animals so this work is about the protection of land for these rescued elephants 1st and foremost but there is a lot of benefits for the wild elephants that live on that land and move through that land which they can do now safely and freely. this is the cherry tree. within the fish and the elephants are sleeping inside the night and then over here where we are now is outside in the wild area and that's
where there's all kinds of wild wild animals elephants lions buffalo but the whole that's the safe. side yes the wild area. that's where the wild elephants can come out and then they can meet with these elephants in the night we've taken some of the dung of the elephants of the big adult female elephant and we've put it outside the fenced area and the reason for us to. that is when. the wild elephants are coming around they'll smell that and they'll smell a female elephant and they can tell and then they will be more interested to interact with these elephants and it's very important for these elephants that interacting with wild elephants so that one day when they're in the bush they've got their friends who are in the bush. understand the laws of the wild so that's
why we doing that is for the wild elephants to get to know these elephants more and more. elephants are an important symbol in the culture and the heritage of our country and it was one of the inspirations for why my mom started zimbabwe elephant mystery . it was a opportunity to tell a conservation story that often isn't told something that is so that is positive that has that has far reaching implications and i think for myself as a zimbabwean it's really powerful to see how a project. how far a project can reach and this is
a symbol for a positive conservation story in zimbabwe. 'd elephants in zimbabwe are looked upon as a commodity at this point and that is a culture that i would like to try and change and i would like more people to try and understand what's in zimbabwe how the animals. i think. they say. and they they just say majesty and that is one of the reasons why we have this necessity is to try and impart that sense of wonder amongst people in zimbabwe that they're not looked on just as meat whole as ivory. yeah when the elephants leave us they'll be very mixed emotions of course we we've
cared for these elephants for nearly 5 years now and we care about them but at the same time our mission has always for them 'd been for them 'd to go back to the wild and so it will be mixed emotions for sure we will be very happy when they are living wild and free with wild compared to its in the bush but we'll miss them of course i can't live that i won't miss them you know we will miss them of course but most of all 'd we'll be happy for them that they offer free in the wild.
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