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Baby elephant risks life to protect dying mother

February 27th 2017:

For days, Zongoloni stood guard over her dying mother, chasing off anything that came too close.

Stroking her trunk along her injured mum’s body – the victim of an ivory poacher’s bullet – the 18-month-old elephant calf refused to leave her side, even as hunger and dehydration threatened her own life.

Thankfully, Zongoloni is now in the care of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT)

To mark their 40th anniversary, the DSWT are delighted to be partnering with Nicky Campbell OBE who has written a beautiful tribute to the orphaned elephants in their care.

“The lyrics are about the beauty and the love of elephants contrasted with the ultimate parody of art being seen as a carved ivory elephant family being sold in the Middle East.

“It’s celebrating the beauty of elephants in a carving, but it has resulted in the destruction of an elephant family.”

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