Tanzania Unveils New Elephant Orphanage
This is very good news for elephants: an orphanage for baby elephants is underway in Tanzania, which is scheduled to open June 1.
More and more baby elephants are roaming the wild alone without guidance or protection because their parents have been killed due to the poaching crisis. The elephants eventually die because they aren’t receiving the necessary milk from their mothers.
Ivory Orphans, the new Tanzanian orphanage, is seeking to help those baby elephants, while also saving the decimating elephant population.
At Ivory Orphans, the baby elephants will be cared for until they are ready to be released back into the wild. Officially approved by the Tanzanian government, along with the Minister of Tourism and Natural Resources, the orphanage will be both built and operated by the African Wildlife Trust. It will be located near the boundary of Kikoti Safari Camp, and there will also be an additional location near Arusha, where elephants will go on an as-needed basis for medical care.
Because Tanzania has a “no interference with wildlife” policy, the orphanage will only help elephants who are already victims of “human interference,” such as illegal poaching.
The orphanage is terrific news, and could be a much-needed relief for the declining elephant population in Africa. A recent report shows that between 2006 and 2013 the elephant population has declined from 550,000 to 470,000 and in East Africa their numbers have gone from 150,000 to 100,000.
Hopefully, with the help of the Ivory orphanage, we can get those figures back on track.