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Great Update on our Livingstone Herd

Published on: May 6, 2024

Wild at Life operates an elephant sanctuary in Zambia, home to 9 poaching and drought survivors, alongside Sox the hippo.

Let by the matriarch Madinda, they are living peacefully, roam freely, crossing the river daily and sometimes venturing into Zimbabwe before returning to the sanctuary to eat and rest.

We prioritize their freedom and provide comprehensive care, including food, veterinary assistance, and personal caregivers for each elephant.

We are happy to say that they are doing amazing and are living their lives to the absolute fullest!

One of our favourite members of the herd is Lewa, a gentle giant who is the equilibrium.

The decline in elephant populations has been a huge problem for decades and there are several factors, many of which are directly or indirectly influenced by human activities:

  1. Habitat Loss: One of the primary reasons for the decline in elephant populations is the loss of their natural habitats due to human invasion. As humans continue to expand into previously wild areas, elephants lose crucial feeding grounds and migration routes.
  2. Poaching: The illegal poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks remains a significant threat to their survival. Despite international bans on ivory trade, demand for ivory persists in some regions, driving poaching activities. Poachers kill elephants for their tusks, which are smuggled and sold on the black market.
  3. Human-Wildlife Conflict: As human populations grow and expand into elephant habitats, conflicts between humans and elephants escalate. Elephants may raid crops, destroy property, and even injure or kill people, leading to retaliatory killings by farmers or authorities. This conflict often results in negative attitudes toward elephants and further endangers their populations.
  4. Illegal Wildlife Trade: In addition to ivory, other elephant products, such as skin, meat, and body parts used in traditional medicine, are illegally traded. This further contributes to the decline of elephant populations.

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