Baby elephants drinking milk from a carton in elephant rehabilitation sanctuary centre
- Title:Baby elephants drinking milk from a carton in elephant rehabilitation sanctuary centre
- Tags:elpehants, Rehabilitation, Milk, Drink, Eat, Feed, Thirsty, safari, Wildlife, Amazing, Chariity
- Category:Nature & Wildlife, Newsworthy, Heartwarming, Travel & Adventure
- Filming Location:Wild Life Sanctuary, Mashonaland, Zimbabwe
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- Description:***CREDIT REQUIRED*** :https://www.facebook.com/WILDISLIFE/ CONTEXT: It took place on the: 5th August 2016 at 12 noon at Wild is Life Sanctuary, Mashonaland, Zimbabwe We filmed the video to document the progress made by the two young elephants in learning to hold their own bottles, quite a milestone in a young elephants life. The elephants are fed milk (a specially created formula) 5 times a day. Each elephant gets two litres at a time, so at least 10 litres of milk per day. The two elephants drinking milk in the video are Moyo and Sizi. The others names are Annabelle, Matabele, Kukurakura. They were about 2.5 years at the time of this video. All of the elephants have a mixed diet. They start eating solids at about 6 months old, but carry on drinking milk for a minimum of 3 years. They spend a lot of time roaming and feeding on our farm and the neighbouring ranch which we manage too. There they eat a variety of natural food including grass, leaves, bark, roots wild fruits etc. We supplement them with grass, leaves and Baobab fruit during the night. All of the orphan animals that are still babies are fed milk (different kinds to suit the animal) when they arrive. Over the past 20 years Roxy has bottle raised with milk more than 100 individuals of at least 20 species including lions, giraffes, kudu, sable, squirrel, impala, cheetah, duiker, bush pig, wildebeest and a myriad of other animals on different kind of milk formula over the years. Some of these animals are still living at our sanctuary Wild is Life to this day. All of the elephants rescued by the ZEN project will be released back to the wild. ZEN is a 3 stage process involving; rescue and rehabilitation, reintegration and rewildling, release and monitoring. Over the past few months we have made great progress on the second and third stage and both are being developed currently. We have secured a 25 year lease for a prime wildlife area, adjacent to Zambezi National Park. We have just started the development of the base there. It is likely that by the end of the year we will be complete with the base, consisting mainly of bomas and stables for the elephants and other infrastructure such as tents, water, etc. Eventually, in the elephants own time, they will go free from that area into a massive uninterrupted wilderness area, that forms the heart of the massive Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. (KAZA TFCA). We are very excited about this part of the project as the impact on wild elephant and other animal populations would be very positive by having a presence in the area and maintaining critical conservation infrastructure. Ultimately, ZEN is a very long term project, that will involve rescue of more elephant orphans as well as releasing previously rescued orphans back to the wild.