Project Manager – Elephant Orphanage Project
Rachael is the Project Manager of the GRI-Elephant Orphanage Project. Hailing from Essex in the south of England, she studied Biology at university which paved the way for a wildlife and conservation focused career. She has worked with a wide range of animal species and environments through research, rehabilitation and education in Australia, Alaska and South East Asia. She has been with GRI in Zambia since 2008 and helped establish the EOP.
Rachael on her roles with GRI:
I oversee all operations for the EOP from hands-on elephant calf rescues and veterinary care, to the supervision of the 40+ staff that are currently needed to enable the Project to operate smoothly. Days are incredibly varied and can take me from being covered in elephant dung and mud to swiftly cleaning up for a public presentation or fundraising event which are ever in need to enable our project work to continue.
Her Favourite Moments:
Seeing a starved orphaned elephant calf regain full health!
Seeing the first interactions when a new orphan calf is introduced to the existing EOP herd – they welcome and comfort the new comer as if to say “it will be alright now…”
Seeing the faces of the Elephant Keepers when they have a new calf in the stables – these grown men literally melt.