Fiela Legacy Lab Fund

Fiela’s Legacy Lab Fund is an account that was set up to honour a baby elephant, born at the Knysna Elephant Park, on the 5th of March 2013. Named Fiela, she was rejected by her mother, Thandi, at birth and had to be hand-reared and bottle-fed by her adopted human family (AERU and Knysna Elephant Park staff and volunteers).

For three months, this family provided 24-hour care and nurturing, bottle feeding her every two hours. The fund was originally set up to provide financial assistance for the specialised milk powder we needed to feed her. Generous donations from all over the world helped us give Fiela the best possible care.

For three months she grew rapidly and gave much joy and delight to everyone who came into contact with her. Unfortunately, her hard start in life and lack of colostrum and mother’s milk, contributed to her suddenly taking ill and passing away on the 3rd of June 2013. A post-mortem also revealed several organ defects, indicating she may have been born prematurely and had never developed properly.

She touched thousands of lives in her short life and it was decided to honour this little elephant, by building a laboratory in her name. This lab would then be used for monitoring and maintaining the health and welfare of other elephants – not only at Knysna Elephant Park, but at other facilities too. Fiela’s legacy would live on in other elephants through this endeavour.

If you would like to contribute, please click the donate button to pay via PayPal, or email research@aeru.co.za for details

DONATE TO THE FIELA LEGACY LAB FUND

Well, today it has been a month since we had to say goodbye to Fiela. As it took so long to get this video/photo collection together, we thought we would wait a few more days and release it today in remembrance but also in celebration of her amazing little life. Fiela touched many lives along the way, including that of the musician who's music we have used on this video. Thank you very much to Jason Hartman for allowing us to use his song 'Say my name' and to his mom Lyn Hartman for working so tirelessly to try to actually get it to me.

Posted by African Elephant Research Unit (AERU) Volunteers on Wednesday, 3 July 2013