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Elephant Orphanage – David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is focused on the protection of elephants, rhinos and other wildlife at a field level. Over 40 years, they have aided countless African animals, from elephants to antelopes. Believing animals have a right to be free, to roam wild, and to be safe in their surroundings. They have a responsibility to afford them that right and challenge those that would seek to take it away or harm them. They are proud of what they have achieved and are grateful to those that believe in them and support them, making their lifesaving work possible.

The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is located near Nairobi National Park. This orphanage for Elephant Calves and Rhinos from all over Kenya was founded and still managed by Daphne Sheldrick, the widow of one of Kenya’s best known Game Wardens David Sheldrick.

David Sheldrick was at the centre of the 1970’s Ivory poaching wars in Tsavo National Park.

Today, the Sheldrick orphanage is a focal point for Elephant Conservation.

Elephant calves orphaned by poaching are brought here from all over the country. They receive extremely specialized treatment here and literally receive personal care 24 hours a day from highly dedicated staff who become surrogate mothers to the calves.

Eventually, the calves are moved to Tsavo, where they are carefully reintroduced into wild herds.

The centre is open to the public each morning (11:00 am-12:00 pm)

At this time the calves are being exercised and bathed and visitors are free to watch. This is a good centre for general information on Elephants and their Conservation.

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