Elephant Orphanage Nairobi, Kenya
It took 28 years of trial and error before Daphne Sheldrick discovered the right formula in her effort to create an Elephant milk substitute for the infant orphans the Trust rescues and raises until they are reintroduced to the African wild. Because of such determination, as of 2015 over 120 of these hand-reared, pachyderms have been given a second chance of life and freedom. We have witnessed first hand the extraordinary dedication with which the Trust and its keepers care for these traumatized babies. Regardless if orphaned because of Ivory poaching, falling into wells or mineshafts or because of human / animal conflicts, each survivor successfully raised to adulthood is a major triumph. Far too many of these infants succumb to grief and illness for they are exceedingly fragile. As mentioned on the Trust’s website: www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org
"The hand-rearing of orphaned elephants is an emotional roller-coaster for those involved, for tragedy stalks success and can strike unexpectedly at any moment."
Over the years we have fostered many of these tiny victims through the “Fostering Program”, one of the Trust’s many undertakings, which also include Conservation Projects, Anti poaching and De-snaring Teams, Mobile Veterinary Units and several Community Outreach Programs An Ele Orphan can be fostered for as little as $50 a year. The Foster Parent receives a certificate, profile, photograph and regular email updates on the progress of his or her chosen orphan. A wonderful gift idea for any friend of the animal world. Much more information is available on the Trust’s website.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.
To see the Orphans enjoying their daily Mud Bath and more please view the Videos below
magical Ithumba, Tsavo
playtime at the nursery in Nairobi Nat. Park
getting ready to head on out into the bush. Ithumba, Tsavo
a good scratch being the ear
Dame Daphne with JK & JMK at a fundraiser in Jackson Hole, WY
noon mud bath at the nursery
out in the bush
outside the Ithumba stockade
a grieving new orphan being comforted by another
Ready (not) to leave Ithumba. Michael Willis, Shawn Kay, our wonderful cook and JK & JMK