Here are the key milestones occurring over the course of the past two years:
2/14 Arrival of first orphaned baby elephant, “Moyo”, rescued from Kariba.
9/14 Attempted rescue of baby “Benji” from Beit Bridge ends sadly, as Benji dies on the plane while enroute back to ZEN.
12/14 Mutapa rescued from deepwater trough, where he had been trapped for over 12 hours.
1/15 We make our first visit to ZEN, where we are introduced to Mutapa, who is clearly struggling. Mutapa dies shortly thereafter from acidosis and skin infections despite receiving four weeks of intensive life-saving care and love.
4/15 We return to the nursery and are interviewed by a BBC documentary crew filming a special on the life-saving work taking place there for British public television.
6/15 New elephant boma built in order to create larger space for the care and management of the elephants.
7/15 Three young elephants rescued from Hwange – Annabelle, Matabele and Kukurakura. The babies were originally slated for shipment to China but, following critical negotiations with Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management, are instead brought to ZEN.
9/15 Baby number five, Sizi, is rescued from Beit Bridge.
11/15 Partnership is formed with Impisi Conservation Trust for the sustainable management of Nyatana Wilderness Area, where ZEN orphans will eventually be released into the wild. Support is provided for team of 11 anti-poaching scouts.
12/15 Visit by Chinese President Xi and his wife along with large Chinese delegation marks a great achievement in efforts to raise awareness within China as to the plight of the elephants.
2/16: BBC UK airs documentary segment about ZEN called “Nature’s Miracle Orphans”