With the help of DSWT, Galana grew up from being a milk-dependent 1-year-old calf to a healthy young adult. In 2011, Galana made the decision to return back to the wild, and she's been living with a herd of elephants led by another former orphan named Yatta.
Galana may be a wild elephant now, but she periodically visits DSWT's Ithumba Reintegration Unit, where she spent her last years as an orphan. "The females typically visit more than the bulls," Amie Alden of DSWT told The Dodo. "Yatta's group, which includes Galana, typically visits every other month."
On her latest visit to the Ithumba Reintegration Unit, Galana had the biggest surprise to share.