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“If orphaned, a calf will struggle to survive without their mother’s milk and the protection of her herd ”

Rachael Murton from Game Rangers International talks to us about the Elephant Orphanage Project

In 2007, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) was supporting wildlife conservation in Zambia, when a number of orphaned elephants were rescued. DSWF requested Sport Beattie (now Game Rangers International’ CEO) to come to Zambia to help to establish a formal programme for elephant rehabilitation and release. Sport and DSWF then partnered to establish Game Rangers International (GRI) as a Zambianbased non-profit NGO to support wildlife conservation holistically. Our main goals are to empower rangers and local communities to conserve nature.

GRI takes a holistic approach to conservation with three core areas of focus, including resource protection — covering anti-poaching, anti-trafficking and firefighting. There’s also community outreach — raising conservation awareness, improving natural resource management, empowering women, mitigating human-wildlife conflicts and improving health and wellbeing in communities living alongside nature. And lastly, wildlife rescue — rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing animals (primarily elephants), and providing in-situ emergency veterinary response.

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The year is flying by, but when things are moving at breakneck speed, it’s important to stop and take stock. This month’s interview with the brilliant Lucy Watson gave me cause to pause — when talking to Lucy about her hopes for veganism in the future, she replied, “I hope vegans will start being kinder to one another, we are in this for the same reasons and trying to ‘out vegan’ one another just isn’t productive.” Every day on social media we see vegans tearing into other vegans — emotions run high when you’re deeply passionate about something, but is this actually helpful to the cause? We are all after the same future — one where animal welfare is as important as our own — but, surely in-fighting in the vegan community is counterintuitive. We all need to think before we post, comment or reprimand, before we send that email or write the letter. Would that passion and fire be better spent elsewhere? Should we be channelling our energy into helping non-vegans make better choices, instead of attacking our own? It’s something to think about. There are some terrible crises happening across our Earth currently, and it is a very frightening time. I really enjoyed Fat Gay Vegan’s insightful piece this month — he discusses how bringing people’s attention to veganism with environmental issues is a great start, but that we shouldn’t forget to explain about how animal exploitation is a crucial part of the conversation still. Check out his guidance on p30. Enjoy the issue,

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