Last summer, I had the privilege of visiting probably the best animal orphanage in the world. 🙂
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program based in Nairobi, Kenya. The baby elephants, who range from about 1 month to 2 years old, get rescued by this lovely team after their mothers have been killed by poachers or died of natural causes.
Since the babies no longer have access to their mothers’ milk, they feed on formula.
They are all given unique names that tell of their rescue stories. Like there’s a calf called Suswa because he was found on Mt. Suswa.
This baby can do the feeding all by herself! 🙂
So much soul in their eyes.
Visiting hours are between 11-12 noon daily.There’s a KSh. 500 entrance fee. That’s about 5 USD.
Some of the calves still have bruises from traps and weapons. Bruises which are being treated by qualified veterinarians.
Their keepers are the most caring bunch ever!
There is a fostering program that you can participate in where you get to foster a calf for a minimum of 50 USD a year.After a couple of years, when the elephants are strong enough to survive on their own, they are released back into the wild and are monitored as they integrate into new families and adjust to their new homes.
PS: these babies love to roll in the mud hence their brown/red shades.
Always be kind.