Why calves become orphans
Mother killed, calf injured and abandoned eg caught in snare, separated from herd due to unknown reasons.
What is reported in literature
Why this manual is needed
Lots of good info but not all in one place that is easily accessible info needed
Poor survival reported in literature
Intent to have a practical guide for vets, vet techs, mahouts, caregivers, or anyone else involved with elephant hand-rearing; So we have tried to use clear and succinct language and have defined medical terms that may not be familiar to all.
o Release to wild
o Keep in captivity