BENEFITING: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA
I have loved elephants for all of my life. For my Mitzvah project, I have chosen to help save the population of elephants in Africa who are being threatened by poachers. In particular, I am trying to help save the baby elephants orphaned by those who want their parents' ivory. This is the story of the orphan elephant I have "adopted"- its tragic- but also demonstrates what great work this organization is doing and how helpful our support of these orphans can be. Please help me make a difference in the survival of this majestic animal population. Ryan Conard
Zongoloni is a Female elephant, born on Friday, March 02, 2012
She was found when she was 18 months old
She was Orphaned by Poachers.
Here is her story as written by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Zongoloni’s heartbreaking story has made grown men cry. This unfolded on Sunday 22nd September.
We first heard about the plight of her mother when we were contacted about an injured female with her calf, within the bush lands of the Taita Sisal Estate. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Kenya Wildlife Service Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit was immediately deployed to treat the mother and in order to do so her young calf was also anesthetized. A victim of poaching, a bullet wound had penetrated deep and shattered bone on the right front leg of her mother. Dr. Poghon cleaned the wound and treated her with painkillers, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drugs, but with a bullet possibly still embedded within the bone and bone fragments evident the prognosis for a successful recovery was guarded. Everybody there hoped that this story would end happily.
A week later the injured mother and calf were again sighted on the Conservancy within the estate. It was noted that her shoulder remained very swollen but it appeared that she could put more weight on the leg. Fortunately her condition did not appear to have deteriorated, it seemed at this point that the outcome would be ultimately positive.
Very tragically after a week passed the collapsed mother and her calf were located by patrolling scouts on Mgeno ranch. She had obviously collapsed a couple of days before as evidence of her desperate struggle to get back to her feet was evident all around where she lay. She was in a distressed condition from the injury, but also because the pair had clearly been without water or food for some time. Her young calf remained by her side at all times, chasing off any intruders, extremely protective of her mother, but her condition was deteriorating too without milk or water. Those that first located the collapsed mother with her dependent young calf waiting helplessly by her side, observed her drinking her dying mother’s urine she was so desperate for fluids. Under the scorching sun, this heartbreaking scene played out, the agony of a single bullet wound and the pain and suffering it wrought as the weeks past.