All these efforts have seen the area take on a new lease on life. Year after year, we have been welcoming more and more species of wild animals to the area as they now know there is water, food, protection, and a safe space to call home for them to enjoy freely…
In 2018, the first relocation took place where 8 elephants were carefully moved from ZEN in Harare to Panda Masuie.
The second mammoth relocation took place in 2020 (amidst the pandemic nonetheless) and another 6 elephants were moved by road over 1000kms from Harare to Victoria Falls.
Both relocation operations were hugely successful with no injuries or any other issues along the way thanks to the super diligent Wild is Life, ZEN and Panda Masuie teams in partnership with IFAW.
Endless planning and preparing for months in advance ensured that each elephant move is a trumpeting success!
The final step back to a life in the wild is left to the now-rehabilitated elephants to do so at their leisure and when they feel ready. The Panda Masuie herd often interacts with the wild elephants in the area who share waterhole refreshments or meet up in the bush or they even come to the Boma where the Panda Masuie herd sleeps at night.
So far 6 elephants Mfana, Tulku, Lizzie, Mana, Matabele and Jack have left to join wild herds successfully completing their journey of having been rescued, rehabilitated, and rewilded. This is no small feat, with on average each one’s journey taking over 5 years to come full circle.
At the moment, some of the other elephants – Tess, Marsie, Amira, and Sizi constantly spend time in the bush ranging from a week to 3 months and then enjoy returning back to the Bomas to say hello or rejoin the Panda Masuie herd until they feel called back to the wild again…
– Paul Oxton
– Native Proverb