Earlier this year our sister property, HESC, took custody of an infant elephant that was found after having fallen into a drain at the Phalaborwa Copper Mine. He was given the name ‘Amanzi’, which means water in isiZulu. As the elephant handlers at Camp Jabulani had experience in dealing with young and orphaned elephants, they immediately assisted in taking care of Amanzi.
Taking in Amanzi brought back memories of Jabulani’s arrival at HESC. Jabulani’s condition was not that much different from Amanzi’s and we hoped that Amanzi’s story would have the same happy ending as Jabulani’s.
Above and beyond the medical attention that Amanzi received, our handlers ensured that he had round-the-clock supervision. They took turns caring for him, feeding him, and even playing with him. But, unfortunately Amanzi didn’t survive as he had contracted Klebsiella pneumonia from being trapped in the drain for such a long time.
We are so proud of our team of handlers at Camp Jabulani and want to commend them for their hard work and dedicated efforts in ensuring that this baby elephant was well taken care for the short time that he was with with us.
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Amanzi may be gone, but will never be forgotten.