We visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphanage just outside of Nairobi, Kenya. An elephant orphanage. It is open to the public for one hour each day. To start off the youngest nursery elephants are in the viewing area, playing around together in the dirt + mud, while three keepers share the orphans stories and elephant facts. The keepers replace the lost families and are with the elephants 24 hours a day – together as a group during the day and sleeping alongside them at night in the stables. All the time in physical contact like wild elephant families live. The aim of their Orphans’ Project being to raise the orphaned elephants in a way that they can be returned to the wild elephant community of Tsavo National Park. The babies are herded away and then it’s feeding time for an older group that charge in trumpeting for their bottled milk.
It’s a neat program with a lot of effort and concern for orphaned elephants. They become a family here too. Heartfelt affection and sincere love…they say elephants can read a person’s heart.
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