Wild Is Life is an animal sanctuary and elephant nursery in Zimbabwe. It accepts all kinds of orphaned, sick, injured or vulnerable animals and cares for them in a holistic and dignified way. Where possible, the animals are released back to safe wild areas when they are ready to do so. If not, they live at the sanctuary enjoying a safe and peaceful life.
Founded by Roxy Danckwerts, Wild is Life today looks after over 100 animals, with more than 15 different species currently living at their sanctuary. Some of the organisation’s most recent rescues include elephants, an animal that has led them into a whole new realm of animal rescue and rehabilitation operations via the opening of the the Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery—in partnership with Zimbabwe National Parks and the Wildlife Management Authority.
The joint venture is the only licensed elephant nursery in Zimbabwe and was designed to cater for orphaned and injured elephant calves and to rehabilitate them for release back into the wild. The first elephant was rescued in February 2014; another four followed in 2015. They are all living happily at the sanctuary, spending at least 10 hours a day in the bush, walking, grazing, playing, swimming and learning.
Wild is Life have not yet been able to fully complete the first stage development of Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery facilities due to funding constraints, but we hope that our partnership with them will help make this happen.
With your help, the nursery will include an intensive care room, a research facility, accommodation for handlers and expanded space for baby elephants. They will then be moved—when they’re ready—to a second stage facility in the wild where they will undergo a similar routine in a wild environment, before finally being prepared to once more rejoin the wild.
For more information about Wild Is Life, please visit their website