ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE IN KENYA
We are not fans of ZOOs in general as their goal is to entertain people. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is something completely different. It is an institution to help the animals. This elephant orphanage takes care of the baby elephants whose mothers were killed by poachers or they got separated due to any number of reasons. They can’t survive on their own and they need help to get through their first few years. Here the orphanage steps in. The baby elephants are rescued in the wild and put into a nursery where they feed them for 3 years. After that they move the elephants to Tsavo National Park, where the elephants learn to be on their own for another 5-10 years. When the elephant is ready they introduce him back into the wild, where they belong.
The greeting in the orphanage is brief, as it should be, but very personal as they are just feet from you while eating and rolling in mud. Their handlers bring them by so they can be touched but, it is clearly not a petting zoo or for entertainment, but so we can connect with them beyond a documentary, commercial or movie. You actually feel why you should care.
To help the elephants do what we did. Adopt one by donating at least $50 per year. They are super cute and they need your help to be able to survive and go back home – INTO THE WILD.