Adopt an Elephant


Individual Adoptions




At the GRI Elephant Orphanage Project, Zambia we are providing sanctuary to 13 abandoned elephants. Many of these vulnerable youngsters have been orphaned because their mother and family have been killed as a result of brutal ivory poaching. Until their release, which may not be until they are in their early teens, the trained elephant keepers are the orphans’ family and have a very special bond with these amazing animals.


We need YOUR help to be able to give these elephants a second chance.


For a minimum donation of USD65 you can become an elephant parent for one of the orphans, Chamilandu, Nkala or Kasewe for one year. Chamilandu is the matriarch of our Kafue orphan herd and Nkala recently joined the rest of the release herd at the Elephant Release Facility in Kafue National Park. Kesewe is one of the latest rescues that is currently in our Elephant Orphanage in Lilayi.

When payment is made, you will receive:

  • An Adoption Certificate with the profile and photos of your orphan’s story;
  • Quarterly updates highlighting events in the progress of your orphan including photos;
  • Monthly newsletter from GRI about all of our projects and activities which you are helping to support;

If you are based in Zambia cash, cheque and transfers are accepted into our Zambian bank account.

If you are based elsewhere in the world international payments accepted through our Just Giving page. Please, don’t forget to indicate your name and the amount paid.

In both circumstances, please contact us if you are interested in adopting an elephant!

Thank you for your vital support to conservation in Zambia and helping to save these amazing creatures.


Corporate Adoption

Support GRI by becoming an Elephant Foster Parent for just ZMW 5,000 per month!


The GRI Foster an Elephant Scheme is a great opportunity for Zambian or international companies to increase their brand awareness in Zambia whilst supporting corporate social responsibility and conserving Zambia’s natural heritage.

Your generous gift will cover the entire costs of your fostered elephant orphan for one year and in return you will receive:

  • Exclusive fostering of the elephant orphan of your choice for one year (renewable annually);
  • Quarterly updates with photographs on your elephant;
  • Elephant orphan ‘photo/story board’ featuring your logo/business for you to display;
  • CSR certificate, photo and profile of your chosen elephant orphan;
  • Promotion of your logo/business alongside your chosen elephant on all GRI publications: Newsletters, Newsflashes, Magazine articles, Website, Facebook, including representation on the GRI Sponsor’s Board and Information Boards at Lilayi Elephant Nursery;
  • A visit to the Lilayi Elephant Nursery for the school of your choice;
  • Elephant dung Christmas cards featuring your elephant;
  • A David Shepherd print;

For more information on how to join the scheme, please email us!