Obama makes Historic Ruling on US Ivory Trade.

“In a joint press conference held with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Obama said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a new regulation that “bans the sale of virtually all ivory across state lines.” The move follows a near-complete ban on the commercial ivory trade enacted by the administration last year.”

– Article published by Rhett Butler,  July 26, 2015

http://news.mongabay.com/2015/07/u-s-to-strengthen-restrictions-elephant-ivory/

History is made, and on the same day, I reach a milestone in my quest, as I officially transfer raised funds to secure my volunteer spot at The Elephant Sanctuary, Zambia…..and now, airfare. Click here to donate – let’s make a difference: https://www.volunteerforever.com/volunteer_profile/valerie-downs

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T.E.O. Zambia – supported by David Shepard Foundation.

The David Shepard Foundation, along with Game Rangers International, were both instrumental in my decision to take over a month off of work and volunteer at The Elephant Orphanage Zambia in November, 2015. These trusted organizations gave me peace of mind that I would be participating in a true rescue/rehabilitation/release program and not a tourist experience.

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Founded by DSWF in 2007 the Elephant Orphanage Project ( EOP ) now has two main sites, the Nursery Facility in Lilayi and the Release Facility in Kafue National Park.

The Nursery provides the round-the-clock care and attention that the young orphans desperately need. With regular 24-hour feeds required and often medical treatments too the keepers are on site 24/7.

When the elephants are weaned they are relocated to the release site in the Kafue National Park where they begin the re-wilding process, taking long and regular walks into the bush and browsing in the safety of the outer boma . It is here they come into contact with the wild herds that one day they will rejoin.

The project started with an elephant called Phoenix who was rescued by DSWF in February 2001 when, just weeks old, she was found trying to suckle from her dead mother. Against all the odds, Phoenix pulled through and became the catalyst of this exciting new project. Shortly after her successful release in the Kafue , Phoenix contracted bilary , previously unrecorded in elephants, and tragically died. The Release Facility was named Camp Phoenix in her honour and her memory lives on through the successful rescue, rehabilitation and release of new orphans.

The elephant orphanage is part of a wider programme of community outreach, education and park protection to ensure a long-term future for Zambia’s wildlife.

Elephant Orphanage Project – Zambia – It is in the books!

My work dates have been confirmed: 31st October – 26th November, which is the beginning part of rainy season and should prove to be quite challenging both physically and mentally – BUT I DON’T CARE!

The weather is not the reason I am going. I am thrilled to be getting back into project work and look forward the opportunity as it has presented itself.

Unfortunately, my miles won’t work towards my flight, typical, but I will not be deterred! Your donation is now even more needed and won’t be wasted.

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