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False May 2008 Travel Zambia 17 People Habitat Habitat Nkani Nkani In first place: Zambia – again! Zambia is basking in the glow of success, as the nation’s brightest talents scoop prestigious international awards. Travel Zambia reports on two rising stars. Writer Ellen Banda- Aaku won the 2007 Commonwealth Short Story Competition with her story Sozi’s Box. The story, which examines the themes of loss and disability through the eyes of a child at her brother’s funeral, beat more than 2000 entries to take first prize. “ Winning the competition means a lot to me,” said Ellen. “ I am honoured and at the same time humbled … I hope my win inspires other African writers to enter the competition. I’m encouraged to write more about human behaviour and culture, and by doing so hope to heighten our conscience and raise questions about how we deal with the experiences and challenges life throws our way.” Ellen, who had previously won the Macmillan Writer’s Prize New Writer Award, was born in the UK in 1965 but grew up in Zambia. She studied at the University of Zambia and Middlesex University in the UK, and currently lives in Cape Town, where she is studying for an MA in Creative Writing. “ All of the winners displayed signs of talent and writing flair,” commented Nathan Hamilton on behalf of the judging panel. “ But, for me, there was one – the overall winner – that had ‘ something extra’: it packed a real emotional punch.” The annual Commonwealth Short Story Competition exists to increase understanding between different Commonwealth cultures, to showcase the rich diversity of the Commonwealth and to support rising literary talents. Past winners include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of the internationally acclaimed Half of a Yellow Sun. The competition is funded by the Commonwealth Foundation and administered by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. Find out more at www. cba. org. uk/ awards_ and_ competitions. THE WHOLE TOOTH Sixteen- year- old Thandiwe Chama of Lusaka’s Chawama township has scooped the 2007 International Children’s Peace Prize, beating 28 other nominees from around the world. The prize, awarded annually to a child who has made an exceptional contribution to children’s rights, was presented to Thandiwe in The Hague by Nobel Peace Laureate, Betty Williams and Live8 initiator Sir Bob Geldof. Thandiwe’s story started in 1999 when, aged only eight, she refused to accept the closure of her school due to lack of teachers and led 60 other children on the long walk to find another. She has been fighting ever since for the right to education for all children. She has also written and illustrated, with a friend, a booklet called The Chicken with AIDS, and has co-written a song called For My Sake, which has been played in the UK, South Africa and Tanzania. Meanwhile... Good dental care can be hard to find in the bush. But residents of the Luambe community got the chance of a free check- up in August 2007, when ten dentists and doctors from Singapore visited Luambe National Park for two weeks during their holidays as part of a scheme to provide free medical services to developing countries. At a temporary ‘ theatre’ set up at Chitungulu school, more than 360 teeth were pulled and more than 1,600 people treated. The doctors were also on hand to provide life- saving treatment to a young man severely injured in a crocodile attack. The team funded their own work and international flights, while Luangwa Wilderness Lodge ( www. luangwawilderness. com) provided free accommodation. Zambian Airways and Outback- Zambia both arranged flights at discounted rates. DID YOU KNOW? Zambia’s national football team, nicknamed Chipolopolo ( the Copper Bullets), reached the final of the African Nations Cup in 1974 and 1994. The second of these finals came just one year after a tragic air crash in Gabon claimed the lives of the entire team, except for the captain, Kalusha Bwalya. The replacement team lost 2– 1 to Nigeria but returned home national heroes. Ellen Banda- Aaku COMMONWEALTH BROADCASTING ASSOCIATIONLUANGWA WILDERNESS LODGE ( 2) Registration Treatment

False 18 Travel Zambia May 2008 Elephant orphanage Habitat Habitat Nkani Nkani Chodoba Chodoba was just three years old and very weak when discovered last October wandering alone near Flatdogs Camp. For three weeks I monitored his condition, hoping in vain that other local elephants would take him in. But he was becoming thinner every day and was clearly unlikely to survive, so we decided to help him. With the full support of ZAWA ( the Zambia Wildlife Authority), we darted and moved Chodoba to a temporary boma at Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre. Our ultimate plan was to transport him to Kafue, where an elephant orphanage has recently been established by the David Shepherd Foundation to help with the reintroduction of a six- year- old elephant called Phoenix. Chodoba was too big to be flown, so we transported him in our modified land cruiser. The team comprised me, Moffat Phiri from SLCS, James Milanzi ( ZAWA Senior Ecologist) and Ison Simwanza from ZAWA. After a 30- hour trip, with numerous stops for feeding, watering and tranquiliser top- ups, we reached Kafue. Chodoba handled the journey extremely well and upon reaching his new home simply stepped off the vehicle and started feeding. Chamilandu As luck would have it, the day before we were due to leave for Kafue we heard about a wounded elephant cow with a young calf at Chamilandu Camp inside the park. We found her emaciated and in agony, her leg hugely swollen and infected from a gunshot wound. In such cases the elephant would normally be euthanised ( shot) immediately. However, the young calf was not yet weaned and could not survive alone, so we postponed the Kafue trip and asked the David Shepherd Foundation to send up milk formula. The following day a ZAWA scout put the mother out of her misery, and we moved Chamilandu to her own boma at Chipembele, separate from Chodoba. Obviously terrified, she screamed frantically the whole night. By the second night, however, she had calmed down and was drinking milk without any problem. Chamilandu was small enough to be flown to the orphanage in Kafue. With help and advice from Proflight, who had also recently moved a little elephant named Zamma from Lower Zambezi to Kafue, we prepared for her move. No specialized vet was available, so James Milanzi, Jaston Nyama ( SLCS scout) and I decided to do it ourselves. It was quite a job ( you’d be surprised at the strength of an 18- month- old elephant): first we tranquilised her and loaded her into her crate; then we drove her to Mfuwe Airport; finally we loaded her onto the Proflight Caravan plane. Thankfully the three- hour flight was very smooth. Jaston, her most trusted friend, sat with her at the back and fed her along the way. Update: May 2008 Chodoba, Chamilandu, Zamma and Phoenix are thriving at the orphanage. After months of hard work by the keepers, Chodoba has slowly started to put on weight. Due to local flooding in Kafue, the camp has recently been moved to a more suitable site. SLCS is thrilled that a facility now exists for orphaned elephants, and we have assured the orphanage of our total commitment to assisting them. Meanwhile we would like to thank all our generous supporters, without whom this whole operation would not have been possible: in particular DHL, Conservation Foundation Zambia, Proflight, Gero and Edelgard Heine and the David Shepherd Foundation. To find out more about the elephant orphanage – and learn what else the South Luangwa Conservation Society and David Shepherd Foundation are doing for Zambia’s wildlife????????? – visit www. slcs- zambia. org and www. davidshepherd. org. Left: Chodoba hits the road to Kafue Middle: Chamilandu is captured and sedated Right: A walk and a wash in the bush Two young orphaned elephants from South Luangwa have found a new home in Kafue National Park, joining two other elephant orphans in a unique new facility. Rachel McRobb, director of the South Luangwa Conservation Society, tells their remarkable story. Three new friends enjoy their new home. RACHEL MCROBB RACHEL MCROBB BELINDA PUMFRETT BELINDA PUMFRETT