IAG Cargo donates blankets to baby elephants

Picture copyright: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Ever wondered what happened to old airline blankets? In the case of IAG Cargo, hundreds get donated to help baby elephants.

There are between 500-750,000 Asian and African elephants left, and their numbers are rapidly falling with 100 African elephants being poached each day for their tusks and meat.

Since its foundation in 1977, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has fostered orphaned baby elephants that have lost their herds and mothers as a result of poachers and forceful separation.

After three years of rehabilitation at the orphanage, the keepers work to reintegrate the elephants into the world.

In the wild, elephants keep warm by staying in their herd but when an elephant is orphaned, they are unable to sustain adequate body temperature on their own.

Every year, IAG Cargo donates hundreds of airline blankets to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, ensuring baby elephants are warm and protected from common diseases such as pneumonia before they are reintroduced into the wild.

This year, hundreds of airline blankets will go to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to keep the baby elephants warm.