Hutt Val­ley woman helps or­phaned elephants

Kapi-Mana News - - FROM THE REGION -

New Zealand cow milk could feed or­phaned pygmy elephants in Bor­neo if a Porirua woman’s trial is suc­cess­ful.

The Ro­tar­ian first met the two elephants Jimbo and Tun Tan two years ago when she was rep­re­sent­ing the Ro­tary Ac­tion Group for En­dan­gered Species.

Since then she has spent the past 18 months con­vinc­ing Fon­terra NZ to get in­volved in pro­duc­ing a milk pow­der es­pe­cially for the elephants.

‘‘I spent $3000 US [$4250 NZ] when I was over there buy­ing up all of the lo­cal milk pow­der for the elephants,’’ Deb­bie Mair said.

‘‘[Fon­terra] has been fan­tas­tic and given me some milk pow­der to run a six week trial.’’

The for­mer po­lice­woman from Ed­in­burgh, who runs Con­fig­ure Gym in Porirua and sport shop Wild Hag­gis, said she bonded with the two baby elephants in Bor­neo. She will meet them again when she re­turns on July 29.

The trip is to col­late the trial data to see if it was a suc­cess.

If it was, it would save the or­gan­i­sa­tion that was spend­ing be­tween $80,000 and $100,000 per year on milk pow­der.

Deb­bie Mair with an or­phaned pygmy ele­phant in Bor­neo.

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