Orphaned elephants head back to the wild

Six orphaned elephants are returning to the wild

Location: Panda Masuie Forest Reserve, Zimbabwe

The calves were introduced to nine older elephants

who will guide them through their new lives in the wild

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION DIRECTOR, IFAW, PHILLIP KUVAWOGA, SAYING:"Zimbabwe presents a very interesting opportunity for landscape conservation for two reasons. The first one is it's home to the second largest elephant population in the world and also the government does regard wildlife conservation as an anchor for tourism development and for socio-economic development which is good for the communities."

The elephants have been receiving care at a rehabilitation center

after being rescued from life-threatening situations

Source: IUCN

Africa's savanna elephants have decreased by at least 60% over the last 50 years

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