Lammie, a 39-year old female elephant at the Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa, suddenly found herself living alone when her partner of 17-years died in September. Since then, Lammie has been living out her days in an enclosure without the company of another elephant. She experiences little environmental enrichment, has little shade, lacks sufficient water to bathe in, and appears listless. Animal experts have expressed their deep concern for her mental and physical well-being.
Together, HSI Africa, along with our South African partner groups, the EMS Foundation and the Elephant Reintegration Trust, are fighting for Lammie. We have located a suitable sanctuary that will approximate a wild-like setting, won’t offer any human-elephant interactions, and is graciously willing to offer Lammie a forever home with a group of elephants who would become her new family. But we need your strong voice to help change her life.
Elephants are highly intelligent and social animals, and Lammie is in desperate need of a happier existence. She deserves the chance to live out her years with other elephants. We’ve asked several times for an urgent meeting with the Johannesburg Zoo, the Johannesburg City Council and the Mayor of Johannesburg, Mr. Herman Mashaba, but they have not complied.