‣ Male‣ Date of birth: October 2021‣ Origin: Chiwole Village, SouthLuangwa‣ Name derivative: “The Lucky One” in Chinyanja
Wamwayi was found in a mud hole at just under 2 months old. He was desperately trying to escape and despite the community’s careful observation, there was sadly no sign of his mother.
He was rescued by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and Conservation South Luangwa who quickly transferred him to Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust where he was stabilised through essential rehydration and nutrition. Once inside the Boma at Chipembele, the little calf was able to get some much-needed rest after the trauma of being stuck in the hole and his desperate efforts to climb out.
Meanwhile, Aaron, a GRI Wildlife Ranger, was urgently transported to his side to settle him and offer him the expert care and comfort such young elephants need. Despite his young age, Aaron was reassured to see that he had a fierce appetite and good energy. Once he was given veterinary clearance to travel, he was transported by air to Lusaka and then by trailer to the Elephant Nursery. Despite his vigour, he was still extremely vulnerable and needed constant attention and plenty of stable/bed rest after the long journey. Once he was strong enough, Wamwayi was able to meet his new herd at the Nursery. Despite some confident first steps, he became unnerved as bold Shezongo approached him, and he and initially backed away. However, with encouragement from Aaron, he soon settled and received friendly greetings from the herd.
Wamwayi is at such a critical age for social learning and at only 2 months old, he has had little experience with any herd, so it is important for him to learn key skills for his development, welfare, and his eventual release one day. But for now, the Rangers, mean nutrition, security, and love.
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