Wild is Life

We are a genuine wildlife and landscape conservation operation.

We rescue, rehabilitate and rewild orphaned and injured elephants and other animals in Zimbabwe.

We offer our special visitors a life-changing, unique experience, embracing our holistic culture of care. Bookings are essential.

Wild is Life

We are a genuine wildlife and landscape conservation operation. We rescue, rehabilitate and rewild orphaned and injured elephants and other animals in Zimbabwe. We offer our special visitors a life-changing, unique experience, embracing our holistic culture of care.

Hallo Darlings!

Welcome to the magic of Wild is Life!

Thank you for being with us and for your interest in our wild lives. The paths we all walk, as individuals, at Wild is Life, are filled with adventure, love, growth, empathy, compassion and optimism. We are not afraid to say that we love the animals in our care.

In these days of fast everything, heads down, phones on and busy businesses, the need for connection to the wild world is ever more important. Our planet is in crisis, yet so many people think that someone else is going to fix it! Not so? It will take each and every person who inhabits this earth, to show compassion, love and a desire to change, before anything meaningful will be achieved.

We aim to inspire conservation, in whatever form that may take. We encourage humans to care about the living world around them and to feel the sentience of wild lives. We provide second chances to those who have no voice. We nurse and cherish the souls who are injured, traumatized, bereft, and heartbroken.

We care about the land, as much as we do about people and animals. The land is fragile too and it is imperative that we protect, conserve and appreciate all she has to offer us. The lives that pass through our hands are truly Wild Gifts… ever precious, always valued.

Your support is always appreciated, whether it be a bottle of milk, a tractor, a uniform, or a lifesaving flight of a little elephant angel! Please do come and see us soon, or connect on social media! We love hearing from you!

Remember… keep believing in the magic of the Wild World!

Roxy Danckwerts, Founder

Roxy Danckwerts, Founder

Wild is Life consists of three pillars:

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ZIMBABWE ELEPHANT NURSERY

Wild is Life is home to the Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery (ZEN) – the first elephant nursery in Zimbabwe. We rescue, rehabilitate and rewild orphaned and injured elephants and offer them a second chance at life.

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The Sanctuary Experience

Visit the Wild is Life Sanctuary for an unforgettable wildlife experience. Connect with giraffes and elephants, meet and learn about pangolins, listen to the roar of lions and enjoy high tea or sundowners in our eclectic guest space.

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Habitat
Conservation

Focused on rewilding, anti-poaching and conservation, Panda Masuie is a 34 000 hectare protected space near Victoria Falls. This is where the rehabilitated elephants begin their final stages towards a full reintegration back into the wild.

Our Story in Numbers

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A Forest Flourishing… 🌱🐾🦁🇿🇼We continue to be amazed by the incredible biodiversity being seen at our elephant release site in Panda Masuie Forest, thanks to the tireless work of the rangers and team on the ground, as well as our amazing partners and supporters from around the world. Recently we received some camera trap photos showing a huge diversity of rare and endangered species in Panda Masuie Forest. Even more encouraging is that many of these species are breeding and this shows the importance of this habitat as well as the results of a protection and restoration program that is now in the 7th year. Diversity is strength in an ecosystem and as such Panda Masuie is becoming stronger and stronger. A particular highlight from this batch of imagery is a pangolin carrying its baby on its back! Pangolins are highly endangered species that are under ever-increasing threat across their habitat. They are a highly cryptic species, and very little is known about them. At Wild is Life we have always believed that every single animal matters, and that populations are made up of individuals, each one being important. Other species captured in these photos are: LeopardLion Bat-eared fox Aardvark Painted dog ServalWe are grateful to our friends at Painted Dog Research Trust for capturing these photos in Panda Masuie and for their valuable research into Painted dogs in the wider ecosystem. Further gratitude to ifaw for the incredible partnership we have built and continue to build upon, as well as our long-standing partners Zimparks and Forestry Commission Zim for the fantastic and solid relationships we have forged together over many years. #wildislife_zen #onebyone #CultureOfCare #inspiringconservation ... See MoreSee Less
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Interactions with wild elephants are a crucial part of the rewilding process that the elephants at Panda Masuie are undergoing. This entails encountering wild elephants in the forest when the Wild is Life elephants are out during the day. These are happening more and more frequently and these photos captured by the team in Panda Masuie yesterday show how significant these interactions are. While out in the bush, the team encountered a group of young bulls who joined the herd and spent many hours with them. The Carers and Rangers were very happy with the interaction. "A good and interesting interaction happened this afternoon between our elephants and 5 wild bulls. The bulls were all calm and very friendly. Our elephants enjoyed a lot." said Paradzai Mutize. Each of these interactions builds confidence in the herd at Panda as well as allows them to learn how to behave with wild elephants, which is vital in enabling them to eventually live a life in the wild. Matabele and Sizi were the most interested and are seen here pictured with the wild bulls, Sizi and Matabele are noticeable from the collars they wear which allow us to track their movements. Matabele and Sizi have both spent considerable time in the wild and so are confident with interacting with the wild elephants. Moyo was also showing interest in the wild elephants, which is encouraging to us! Rewilding of elephants is a long and slow process that must be done safely and properly. The elephants make their own decisions on this, deciding whether or not to join the wild elephants, and have the opportunity to stay with the wild elephants overnight, or forever. To date, we have permanently released 9 elephants, with most of the other elephants having spent varying time in the wild. Huge gratitude to ifaw for the incredible partnership we have built and continue to build upon, as well as our long-standing partners, Zimparks and Forestry Commission Zimbabwe for the fantastic and solid relationships we have forged together over many years. 🐘🇿🇼🙏#wildislife_zen #onebyone #cultureofcare #inspiringconservation ... See MoreSee Less
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Little by little...
a little becomes a lot.

All donations go directly towards the wellbeing of the animals in our care
Wild Is Life USA is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organization, meaning your donations may be tax deductible under U.S. law.
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