The Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery made its first rescue with Moyo in 2014. He was found abandoned near Musango Island, Kariba and was believed to be 1 week old at the time, weighing only 56kg. After 3 days of searching for the wild herd, a plane was dispatched to rescue Moyo and bring him to the safety of ZEN. He is the first elephant to be a part of the Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery, he receives round the clock care by dedicated handlers.
Savannah was the first lioness to arrive at Wild is Life, rescued from an unethical hunting operation in northern Zimbabwe in 2004.
Bones followed shortly after; he was born during unstable times and was being stoned and beaten by nearby residents - he was kindly rescued by a dedicated SPCA team in late 2004 when he was merely 3 days old. He chose to live in the family home along with all the domestic animals for at least 15 months before deciding to join his soon-to-be life-long partner Savannah.
A family living in Harare had taken a young male cub “Mambo” into their care but unfortunately could not provide him with a forever home, Mambo was therefore re-homed at the sanctuary in 2005 when he was just shy of 12 months.
Joe and Diana were the next couple to arrive at Wild is Life. Joe was a wild lion who suffered trauma to his eyes and now has only 15% - 20% of his vision. He sadly would not have survived in the wild with his poor vision, Wild is Life provided a home for him in 2009. Lions are very social animals who need companionship, Joe was too young to be put with the other three lions so we adopted Diana, as a companion for Joe. They are both the same age and get on very well.
Grand and Nyasha are the latest additions to our feline family, arriving in 2012 from a game park not too far out of Harare.
All our lions undergo vasectomies at 2 years of age and our lionesses receive hormone implants annually. This practice ensures no lion breeding occurs at Wild is Life.
Diesel and Levi, brothers who came to Wild is Life from South Africa, arrived here in 2005 when they were just four weeks old. They sadly lost their mother to a poaching incident and we were lucky enough to re-home them at the sanctuary. The two boys are kept company by our female cheetah Mercedes, a young girl who originally came from the Beitbridge area in 2010. Mercedes luckily managed to survive an attack from a pack of rural hunting dogs but sadly lost her mother and young siblings in the process.
Marimba, our specially protected but rare scaly anteater, is known to be the oldest Cape Pangolin in captivity in Zimbabwe. National Parks handed her over to Wild is Life when she was roughly a year old, back in 2007. Marimba has a dedicated team of handlers who ensure she receives the best care possible - this involves walking her around the property for at least 8 hours on a daily basis, 365 days a year, stopping at various ant hills every half an hour. She is under surveillance 24 hours a day, with no physical interaction with the public.
We have rescued and rehabilitated several species of plains game over the last 18 years - namely kudu, impala, sable, duiker and wildebeest. We also have a couple of ostriches to add to the mix! They all integrate well together and have formed some special bonds with each other over the years.