“I’m the happiest man on Earth… because I’ve achieved what I was meant to do.”
These are the words of Edwin Lusichi, head keeper at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which looks after orphaned elephants in Kenya.
There are just 500,000 to 750,000 Asian and African elephants left on the planet. This number is quickly depleting, with around 100 African elephants poached each day.
Protecting wildlife is crucial – especially at a time when the future of our natural environment hangs in the balance. Causes like this mean so much to IAG Cargo – the combined cargo carrier of British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, Vueling and Level – which is why we have partnered with the Trust, donating hundreds of airline blankets every year to ensure their baby elephants are kept warm and protected from common diseases like pneumonia before they are reintroduced into the wild.
Find out about the incredible work the keepers do in our video below – or learn more about fostering an elephant here.