Wild Ride Cyclists Visit Elephant Orphanage Project
The Wild Ride team have arrived in Zambia and their adventure has begun, with a poignant visit to the Elephant Orphanage Project on the outskirts of Lusaka.
Run by Game Rangers International and supported by DSWF, the nursery at Lilayi provides round-the-clock care for young elephant orphans, often the innocent victims of ivory poachers, who kill other members of their herd.
The Wild Ride cyclists helped keepers prepare milk feeds for the youngsters – each orphan drinks two litres of milk every three hours!
The visitors then followed and watched at a safe distance, as the keepers fed the young elephants and walked with them in the orphanage reserve.
Cyclist Laura Wright said: “We were keeping our distance but still feeling part of a magical moment. Keeping human contact to a minimum in these situations is important for these orphans in order that they can be safely released into the wild again one day.”
More than 30,000 African elephants are illegally killed each year for their tusks and sadly the orphans keep coming.
The Wild Ride team is aiming to raise £75,000 on their 400km Wild Ride through Zambia to help support the work of DSWF, the Elephant Orphanage Project, GRI and Painted Dog Conservation.