Finally, a few weeks ago, the day came for Grobler to free Leila from her chains and drive her to a new life. He’d sedated Leila to keep her calm, and she ended up being a patient passenger for the long drive.
Now Leila is at Dreyer’s home in Luanda, Angola, and she’s settling in well, Grobler said. Leila may spend at least the next year in Namibia, but Grobler is planning for her to move to Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in Zambia. Then hopefully, within one or two years, she’ll be released back into the wild. Despite her unusual upbringing, Grobler believes that Leila will be able to easily adjust to life in the wild.