Meaning of Name: Gift
Current Age: 2 years and 6 months old
Date of Birth (Approximate): June 1, 2021
Reason Orphaned: Unknown
Rescue Date: August 1, 2023
Age at Rescue (Approximate): 2 years and 2 months old
Rescue Location: Sekondomboro Village, Okavango Delta Panhandle
This sweet girl is a bit of a mystery to us. We believe she is 26 months old or so, although it’s hard to say for sure. Neo, meaning “Gift” in English, was found in the very harsh environment of the Okavango Delta panhandle up north.
She has the tusks of on older baby, but was so thin and small when we rescued her that she may be older than we think. It’s possible that she was unable to find food and was undernourished for so long that she is just under-sized for her age. A skinny elephant is just not a good thing to behold, and, oh, was she skinny. But, wow, is she looking better already! Her face is filling out, and her ribs, spine and jaws are less prominent.
During her five days in quarantine, Neo quickly learned to take the bottle (not always easy for a frightened young elephant), and enjoyed the constant love and attention from Debra and the handlers. Then she simply marched herself over to the main bomas with the others.
After four nights there, she moved seamlessly into daily walks with the herd and has already met the public during visiting hours. For now, Neo mostly likes to hang with her new human buddies while patrolling the property.
Neo is now two weeks into her new life, and it is gratifying to see how the team quickly and humanely created an atmosphere of trust and serenity for this absolutely wild, frightened, starving elephant. Kindness, calm voices, and some very tasty treats worked wonders, as always.
FOSTER AN ELEPHANT FOR YOURSELF OR AS A GIFT FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL.
For just $100 annually, our foster parents receive by email:*
Foster certificate with the name, photo and details of your orphan
Updates on their care and progress
*Emailing these items saves us money on printing and postage, so we can ensure every dollar you donate goes directly to the elephants.
Please call 972-620-2523 if you have any questions about fostering.