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An elephant orphanage in Zambia is making a plea for donations of horse and pony rugs to keep its residents warm, as temperatures drop for winter.

The orphanage – supported by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) – takes in elephants orphaned by illegal ivory poaching.

“The donation of pony and horse rugs has been a real success,” said DSWF’s Melanie Shepherd. “But with a steady influx of new orphans we are always in need of more.

“The baby elephants are very vulnerable and require round-the-clock care. Ensuring that they are warm is the first step to their recovery and release back into the wild.”

The DSWF work with Game Rangers International (GRI) and local authorities to stop poaching with their park protection programme.

Clean rugs of all sizes are required. If you have a rug you would like to donate please call 01483 272323.

For more information or to make a donation visit www.davidshepherd.org