Kavala, the orphaned elephant, is taking recovery one step at a time

Kavala, the orphaned elephant, is taking recovery one step at a time

This week, One Green Planet featured a story about Kavala, an orphan elephant in Zambia Elephantopia sponsors. Below is an excerpt and link to the whole post. Enjoy and share with a friend - and consider partnering with us to care for Kavala.

There’s an elephant in the room, and it’s currently causing the slaughter of around 35,000-50,000pachyderms each year. Fueled by the illegal ivory trade, poachers are showing no mercy to these gentle giants as they continue to wreak havoc on wild African elephant populations. In both 2012 and 2013, an estimated 20,000 African elephants were killed. While this number is smaller than the average annual kill-rate, the problem is that the mortality rate of elephants is heavily exceeding their birth rates.

If that’s not enough to make you cry, then you should know that poaching can lead baby elephants straight to the orphanage. Far too often, elephant calves are lead to a life of premature solitude as their mothers are killed before their eyes…all for the sake of a pair of tusks.

This reality is incredibly heartbreaking, there are many stories of elephant calves who are forced to live out the rest of their lives orphans, but thankfully organizations exist to help raise these babies in their mother’s stead. One such calf is Kavala…CONTINUE READING HERE

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  1. Casualties of the Ivory Trade | Elephantopia

    […] It was for ivory that a beautiful elephant in Zambia was killed, her body mutilated and her ivory tusks stolen. The only thing left of this sentient life was her eight month old baby girl. Game Rangers International found her malnourished and on the brink of death. Her face was sunk in, her spine protruding and her heart broken. That was in 2011. Three years later, Kavala is healthy, happy and recently graduated from the elephant orphanage nursery to the next step in her journey to be re-introduced to the wild: the Kafue Release Facility. (you can read her whole story featured in One Green Planet HERE) […]

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