The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – home to orphan elephants

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was founded back in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick in honour of her late husband David, founder of Tsavo East National Park. The trust is recognizably known over the whole world for its successful work in wildlife and conservation. In Nairobi the trust runs a nursery for orphan elephants (as well rhinos) and it’s possible to visit every day between 11 am – noon as their lunch is served in giant (believe me they’re massive) bottles and their daily mud bath.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (1)
Keeper about to feed baby elephant.

During the visit you’ll not only enjoy the young elephants (few months to about 3-4 years old) play around and get themselves all red with dirt, you’ll additionally be able to pet them, listen to the very informative and amazing keepers and learn more about poaching, the very reason why most of the youngsters lost their family in the first place.

Most importantly; it’s also possible to give a donation or become a foster parent to one of the elephants. The price is just 50 USD/year and just as two of my fellow travellers  thought (the kiwi-couple, Kathrine and Gavin); it’s a fantastic birthday present for any animal loving friend!

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Keeper feeding an young elephant.

More information about the trust, their work and how to donate can be found at the official website – http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org.

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