Our Orphans

Rearing an orphan animal is a costly and long-term commitment.

Total Annual US$ Cost to Feed One Baby Elephant Orphan

Economix Milk Powder

25kg bag $98.90 x 48 bags per year

  $     4,747.20

Glucose Powder

25kg bag $ 32.88 x 20 bags per year

$658

Calcium

8.63 for 1kg x 12 kg per year

$104

Vitamin C

$24.52 for 1kg x 12 kg per year

$294

Equinophos

$21.23 for 5kgs x 5 bags per year

$106

Coconut (Dessicated)

$29.59 for 5kg bag x 5 bags per year

$148

Total Annual Cost

For 1 Baby Elephant

$6057.20

* Costing does not include costs of transport, bottles, teats, or staff, etc

We often get calls asking for assistance with milk formula recommendations for elephant, so here is the formula we have used over the years:

CALCIUM   ¼ teaspoon
ECONOMIX (lowfat powdered milk) 150grams
ASCORBIC ACID   1/4teaspoon
EQUINOFOX (mineral iron)  1/4teaspoon
COCONUT FLAKES   1/2teaspoon
GLUCOSE   50grams
BABY CEREAL (pronutro)  100grams

METHOD:
-ADD COCONUT INTO TWO LITRE EMPTY BOTTLE
-ADD 50ML HOT WATER TO SOFTEN COCONUT FOR 10-30 MINUTES
-ADD THE REST OF THE INGREDIENTS INTO THE BOTTLE
-FILL UP BOTTLE WITH HOT WATER

LEAVE BOTTLE TO COOL DOWN TO LUKE WARM TEMPERATURE BEFORE FEEDING ELEPHANT
**BABAY CEREAL TO BE REPLACED BY POWDERED CUBES AFTER SIX MONTHS

Every day a new story unfolds and changes our lives forever. Here are the stories of the animals we have raised so far…

 

 


 

Chizi

Rastas

Dodji

Wilma the Warthog

Miss. Piggy

It was very early in October 2010 when we got a call about a baby warthog that had been abandoned at a nearby hotel. The rains had yet to arrive and baby warthogs were not yet being seen around town, so it was a bit odd to have received a call about a piglet. Nonetheless we responded to the hotel where sure enough a tiny little warthog with an umbilical cord still attached was seriously stressed at not having a mom. We tried for a few hours to locate any warthog mother in the area that might be missing a piglet and found none nearby. So we yet agian called on the assistance of WHWT volunteer Doreen Posselt to assist with the new orphan (Mrs. Posselt had kindly raised two warthogs two years before for us). More

 

Umtshibi Orphans- Makwa and Kennedy

July 2010- When a business deal with an international zoo fell through, ZPWMA asked VFWT to assist in the release of various species of wildlife that had been captured. Unfortunately, the two elephant that had been captured were too young to be released on their own, and lacked the social structure of a herd needed to protect them in the wild. WHWT has been asked to be custodians of these two elephant "Makwa" and "Kennedy" until such a time as they can be returned back into the wild. More

 

Baby Buffalo

February 2009 - The Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust is very happy to have been able to assist the National Parks and Wildlife Authority in rescuing a two week old baby buffalo yesterday (10 February). The Buffalo was abandoned during the night near a local lodge. After giving the poor guy a little milk to build up his strength we let him rest during the heat of the day. Later in the afternoon we returned and moved the buffalo to the new Wildlife Orphanage. More

 

Orphaned Warthog Piglets

Two tiny warthog piglets were found wandering around the golf course of Elephant Hills Resort, just outside the town of Victoria Falls. The piglets were but a few days old, with their mother nowhere to be seen. Temperatures skyrocket during the hot months herer, and the piglets were unable to go very long without milk. The disarming duo stole Doreen Posselt’s heart. This Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust volunteer has taken care of many orphaned animals before, and so she yet again volunteered to rear the piglets. The little hogs, who initially suffered from a bacterial infection, needed to be fed every two hours. The infection cleared up, and the two baby boars grew strong quickly. Once the two warthogs were weaned and self sustainable they were translocated to the Wild Horizons Wildlife Orphanage and Sanctuary where they were released. Initially the two pigs hung around human areas, and near the elephant. However, over time they grew in confidence and soon left the human areas to be on their own back in the wild.

 

Sylvester
As the only survivor of five cubs when he was orphaned, Sylvester's life has been an uphill struggle from the day he was born. Hand raised by Norman and Penny English, Sylvester managed to overcome many hurdles and he beat the odds and has survived. Now at his new home with the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust he is an ambassador cat to clients, and helps to teach people about the struggle of cheetah as as species. More

 

Lulu

As our youngest elephant orphan at the moment, Lulu is where a lot of our focus lays. She has done very well both physically and socially when interacting with other elephant. However, Lulu's story is one of sadnees and lessons for us humans... More

 

Chizi

On Saturday July 12, 2008 our precious baby elephant Chizi stopped breathing at 3am.  We would like to thank all of you that have helped us try our very best to raise Chizi for the past 18 months.  She was truly extraordinary and touched each of our lives in very special ways.  We will all miss her dearly and never forget the memories she imprinted in our minds.  For those of you that want a bit of history, please click here.

 

Rastas

On the 29th January 2001, a young, (very young) elephant, Rastas, came crashing into our lives. Rastas was abandoned on a nearby farm and Elephant Camp was contacted to see if we’d try and shoulder the dilemma that finding a baby elephant can cause. More

 

Malasha

Malasha came to us abandoned and extremely traumatised as a baby would be. Malasha (Ndebele for Coal as he was found behind the Hwange coalfields) when about 3 months old (June 2003). More

 

Doji

On the p.m. of 13th July a wild bull elephant arrived at The Elephant camp accompanied by a tiny, out-of-condition baby. The bull interacted with our elephant for a short while before wandering back into the bush leaving us with the baby to care for! More

 

Mashaba

In addition to abandoned baby elephant, VFWT has also become the home to young elephant found wounded in a poacher's snare. Mashaba was our first such orphan and was found in June 2000. More

 

Wilma the Warthog

 
Roger Parry, was called to the Kingdom Hotel (in Victoria Falls) to dart a snared, suffering little warthog - an hour later we had a 3 legged pig on our hands. More