Elephant Orphanage

The Government of Botswana, Department of Wildlife & National Parks working with EWB, has rescued orphaned elephant calves, with the aim of opening the country’s first Elephant Sanctuary. This is the first facility in the world owned by a government dedicated to the rescue, care and reintroduction of African elephants. Botswana is internationally being recognized for its outstanding elephant conservation, and the Botswana elephant sanctuary is another seminal project, which puts the country at the forefront of conservation and tourism.

The Sanctuary's Intensive Care Unit in Kasane currently employs 12 elephant caretakers, most under the age of 25, and is aimed at providing employment opportunities to Botswana’s youth. The Sanctuary will eventually employ many more young Batswana and train them in a variety of skills in conservation, elephant welfare, wildlife husbandry and tourism hospitality.

Every elephant life matters, when their abandonment is due to human induced incidences, it cannot be ignored. The Elephant Sanctuary provides Hope and is a safe haven for baby orphaned elephant calves, acting as a ‘halfway house’ where they will be rehabilitated and re-introduced back into the wild, while inspiring a culture of caring for Botswana’s natural heritage.

 

Meet the Calves

Baby elephant calves are extremely vulnerable and emotional animals that require special and significant care when they are abandoned. When they arrive at the Intensive Care Unit they are in critical condition; be it from bush fire burns, dehydration, or malnourishment, needing the nutrition and care their mother's would provide. With Hope and our dedicated, expert team, in our care, the orphans are provided with a second chance at life. Read more... 

Meet the Caretakers

We are proud of the excellent team and elephant caretakers we have assembled from the communities of Botswana. The Intensive Care Unit in Kasane and Elephant Orphanage is aimed at providing employment opportunities to Botswana’s youth, training them in a variety of skills in conservation, elephant welfare, wildlife husbandry and tourism hospitality. Read more….

It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village to raise a child, or… an elephant! An ancient proverb that holds true within African cultures, which means that it takes an entire community of different people interacting in order for a child to experience and grow in a safe environment. At the Sanctuary, this holds true for the elephant calves. Our "village" has many people that are needed and contribute to ensure the success of the elephants’ rehabilitation and placement back into the wild lands of Botswana. Read more...