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New orphaned elephant calf This calf was left behind when an elephant herd was chased off some crops. The message from camp is: [more]

Eliska has arrived safely Letter from Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express [more]

Letter to DHL employees re rhino (Eliska) translocation One of the things of which I am most proud is the support DHL has given to supporting animal conservation. [more]

Rhino translocation The upcoming rhino translocation of Eliska (booked for next week) is now fully arranged and DHL are doing an amazing job of organising their side of everything, including donating the flight, which is the most massive contribution. Dvur Kralove Zoo in Czech Republic and the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) are in constant communication, and the move is being filmed by Maverick. DHL are organising the social media and the hasktag #DHLRhino will be in evidence on Twitter. [link]

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Baby elephant update

We think he must be about three weeks old. He has no teeth and his tusks haven't started to come through.  His blanket is his thing, as it is like being under his mother's legs. We simply don't know what happened to his mother. There are no elephant carcasses anywhere around, so we are at a loss to understand why he was abandoned, or lost. He is now rehydrated, much calmer and friendly. There are lots of guys in camp who are great with him. He is in a little daily routine, which apparently is what they really need. The Sheldrick Trust in Kenya have been giving us advice as this is what they do all the time. The baby milk formula (SMA Gold) is very expensive. It's the only brand that works on baby elephants and he gets through masses every day. Some pictures have been put in the gallery section …link

Infrastructure and education

A group of school children from Gonja Secondary School came in on Saturday as part of the Rafiki wa Faru environmental education programme. …read more

Wild dog

We released five wild dogs yesterday on the Mkomazi / Tsavo border.  They took off and, from a flying recce yesterday evening and this morning, we see that they have travelled into the Superbowl and are resting up there …link

Rhino sanctuary

Meanwhile, work continues in the Rhino Sanctuary.  New water pans have been constructed in preparation for the new incoming rhinos from Port Lympne in the UK.  New internal fences are being put up to help create paddocks for these Port Lympne rhinos.  New internal steel gates have been manufactured in Arusha and are now being installed. …link

Orphaned, baby elephant

On Friday in the late afternoon, our night guard (Ephraim) was woken up by a banging on the door and a screeching.  The door then was pushed open and in walked a tiny baby elephant, only a couple of weeks old, dehydrated, thin and very distressed.  We managed to get him up to our camp and into a stable.  With advice from Richard Moller and Vanessa, we rehydrated him for about 48 hours until we were able to get the SMA Gold milk powder which is the best formula milk for orphaned baby elephants.  We do not know what happened to his mother.  A few days earlier, a herd of elephant cows and calves had passed close to the camp, but even on a flying recce afterwards, we could not see them.  Friends in Dar and Arusha (Tina Sutton and Sara Ashby) managed to source the SMA Gold milk powder and he is now drinking this and is looking in better shape.  He is calm and hydrated and is constantly with Ombeni (our carpenter) who is his companion.  We are keeping our fingers crossed and hoping for the best and doing our best, although we simply don't know how this will go …link

Internal fence

We are now working on internal fence lines in preparation for the newly donated rhino from the UK …link

Community works

We made a further donation of cement and roofing sheets to Ndungu Secondary School over the weekend.  This donation was made possible through the George Adamson Trust in Germany.  Elisaria officially handed over the cement to the school board of governors …link

Wild dog

Three of our alpha female wild dogs are pregnant again and we expect the birth of these litters of pups in March …link