More than 200 animals call Ensessa Koteh home and, like Rea and Girma, many of them have been confiscated from the wildlife trade. Others were found injured or orphaned.
Sadly, many of the animals can’t be returned to the wild, either because they’re too injured, or because they’ve grown too accustomed to people to survive. In Rea and Girma’s case, they never learned how to fend for themselves in the wild, which would make it hard for them to survive on their own. They’ve also lost their fear of people, which would make them vulnerable to poachers and wildlife smugglers in the wild.