It is not only elephants who we care for here at reteti. we also have giraffe, endangered grevy's zebra, and, of course, loijipu, a sweet, typical, little black rhino. his name means "to follow" or "second in line," and he was named for where he was found. here, he is pictured with his dedicated keeper, kamara.
he came to us when he was only 2 days old. he was tiny - no bigger than a dinner plate. we could carry him around in our arms with ease. he had been abandoned by his mother, who had gone to browse and left him behind. while she was gone, some curious researchers had gotten too close to the newborn. when his mother returned, she could smell the humans on him and rejected him.
although it pains us that he was not able to stay with his mother, he has thrived at reteti and we have treasured him. he adores his three dedicated keepers and follows them everywhere. he has gotten big and strong in their care and it developing a nice big horn. he is preparing himself for the wild.
this year, we will be re-introduting loijipu into the wild. he will return to the sanctuary where he was found and where his mother still lives. in fact, he will probably meet her there, a thought which brings us joy.
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The kimana sanctuary in kenya is a critical habitat that we cannot afford to lose & with your help, we've partnered with @biglifeafrica & #kwskenya to secure this essential corridor for amboseli’s elephants.
so we are delighted to announce that in partnership with the big life foundation and local land owners, we will be securing the kimana sanctuary, a critical 5,700 acres of attractive land that is an essential corridor for the amboseli elephants, ensuring they can safely roam between the amboseli ecosystem, the chyulu hills and into tsavo west national park. with plentiful spring fed waterways, the kimana swamps, groves of yellow fever trees with the majestic kilimanjaro mountain as a back drop, the kimana sanctuary has always proved to be a favourite stomping ground for plentiful numbers of wildlife, particularly elephants.
against a backdrop of increased agricultural and transport development, critical migratory routes are being lost; kimana sanctuary offers animals access to water and a vital corridor to travel between different parts of the ecosystem as seasons and migratory behaviour dictates, so with our partners, we are now able to offer continued safety and protection for amboseli’s majestic bulls, elephant families, and other wild animals, all the while providing a livelihood for the maasai in the area.
find out how: thedswt.org/kimana-sanctua…
in zambia i had the amazing privilege of visiting the lilayi elephant nursery, where they rescue and hand rear orphaned baby elephants with a long term plan to release them back into the wild in the kafue reserve. they currently have 6 babies (the youngest three months and too tiny for visitors) and most of them were orphaned due to poaching. the ability of these lil' big guys to form an emotional bond was staggering. our lovely guide (who used to be a keeper himself) told us how the elephants he reared, who have since been released as teenagers into the next phase of their release plan, reacted after seeing him for the first time in 3 years and it was enough to bring a tear. while you can't have human contact with the babies, seeing the bond they have with their keepers, who also sleep with them at night, was one of the most special things i've ever seen. we caught them as they came back for lunch from their morning bush walk. video & words @carmia_l#zambia#lusaka#travel#lilayielephantnursery#lilayi#elephants#stoppoaching#africa video & words @carmia_l
Conserving elephants and rhinos through the alleviation of poverty
erp is fast becoming an industry leader in providing alternative non-lethal elephant management interventions to reserves throughout southern africa. elephant populations are diminishing at an alarming rate and it is essential for the preservation of both large and small populations.
our non-lethal offering includes a variety of different aspects to ensure that erp can provide a holistic, turn-key solution to reserves which are considering elephant culling as a solution to managing their elephant populations. a prime example of this offering is showcased at the dinokeng game reserve where erp has collared three bulls. without this intervention, the lives of these elephants were at risk due to potential culling. erp had further intervened by relocating charles and lumpy two of the bulls to a reserve with more area to roam freely and less chance of being poached. with the special elephant monitoring collar we are able to track them in real time during the journey to their new home in mozambique and their current movements.
"baby mine, don't you cry
baby mine, dry your eyes
rest your head close to my heart
never to part, baby of mine"
even though i drew this for my momma for christmas i wanted to share it today because its her birthday. my mom is an incredible human that defies explanation...she has endless love and kindness, her dedication to helping people is inexhaustible. she makes the world a better place with every breath she takes, she taught me that strength is often only shown and learned by being kind... no matter how old i get she will always look out for me and do everything she can to protect me. my "mad elephant". on a side note- elephants do not belong in a circus. their tails are not keepsakes and their ivory is not a trophy, they are worth more alive. we have to do everything we can to help this species thrive again. there are things you can sign, or if you are more financially able donations can be made to organizations that help against poaching and trafficking... but lastly just spreading knowledge on the matter.... its free.