Meet Naledi

This rambunctious elephant calf was born in November 2013 on an incredibly starry night, hence her name, Naledi, which means “star” in Setswana. When Naledi was only six weeks old, her mother, Kitimetse passed away, leaving the young calf suddenly orphaned. Initially, it was thought that Naledi could be nursed by either other female elephants from the herd, however, neither of them was able to provide enough milk. Naledi was moved to a safe and comfortable space away from the herd where her elephant handlers could provide love, care and attention around the clock as well as feeding her by bottle. After several months of intense caregiving by the Abu elephant handlers, Naledi was successfully reintroduced to the herd.