An orphanage in Kenya run by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has rescued over 150 baby elephants who lost their mothers to poachers.
“And it’s all play and no work for these orphans.”
Born from one families passion for Kenya & its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue & rehabilitation program in the world & one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in Africa.
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.
At the heart of the Trusts conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program.
The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.
To date the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo, claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in our care.
“Eventually, all the elephants will be released back into the wild and will live in the protected Tsavo National Park.”
Until then, babies spend their days with human carers and elephant friends while indulging in plenty of games.
But for now… here’s a sneak peak into an elephant orphanage & what these little guys get up to…