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In aid of elephants (Part 2)

In aid of elephants (Part 2)

Suni plays in the water
Suni plays in the water
Cycle Zambia/Elephant Orphanage Project.

Part 2

Read Part 1 here.

Over the next two days the Cycle Zambia team battled through the sandy roads across the dusty Nanzilla Plain, enjoying glimpses of Kafue's beautiful wildlife, from soaring fish eagles to charismatic warthogs which trotted excitedly next to them as they cycled. After a night camping, the Cycle Zambia team reached Camp Phoenix, home to the GRI Kafue Elephant Orphanage Project.

This first leg of their journey had seen the cyclists follow the same route as Batoka and Suni, two of the many rescued elephants saved over the past few years. Both elephants were rescued in the Livingstone area. Batoka still lives at the Kafue Orphanage, while Suni’s new home is Lilayi Elephant Nursery near Lusaka.

The following day the team joined Brill at a local school, one of over twenty schools partnered in the conservation education programme, one of the projects for which the ride raises funds.

After another day of cycling the team were in Lilayi Game Reserve, home to the Lilayi Elephant Nursery and where Suni now enjoys her new elephant family. “Spending time with those who work for GRI is special; countless hours are put in to try and conserve our precious wildlife,” said White.

Batoka’s story

In October 2009, when Batoka was just 18 months old, he became stranded on an island in the Zambezi up-river from Victoria Falls, and was luckily spotted by pilots from Batoka Sky, a tourist helicopter ride operator. The youngster was alone, weak and malnourished, with little chance of survival. Local operators supported ZAWA in rescuing the calf and transferred him by road to the Kafue Orphanage.

Suni’s story

Rescued in April 2012 in Livingstone, Suni was found by staff of Sun International Zambia close to the roadside with axe-wound lacerations to her spine and chin. Only eight months old, veterinarians initially considered putting her down due to the extent of her injuries – her right back leg was paralysed – but Suni showed a real fight for life so was given a chance.

The December issue of Zambezi Traveller completes the story of Cycle Zambia 2013 here.

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Zambezi Traveller (Issue 14, Sept 2013)

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