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Gallery: elephant orphanage in Nairobi

This post has 20 of our favorite pictures taken during our visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage. If you would like to know more about our trip to the orphanage and a couple of tips for planning a visit there, please click here.

Enjoy!

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A visit to the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya

 

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The orphanage is home to baby elephants who have lost their mothers and herds

 

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To date, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants

 

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The foundation also has an excellent rehabilitation program which ends with the reintroduction of the young orphan elephants into the wild

 

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Orphaned elephants replace their mother with a human keeper that needs to be by its side 24 hours a day

 

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Most orphans come from Kenya’s Tsavo National Park

 

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It is true that elephants never forget, they will trust and love their keeper for life

 

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At the orphanage, it is common to see female elephants care and protect those younger

 

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Some baby elephants can be very stubborn 🙂

 

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Baby elephants cannot live without milk during their first three years of life

 

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Feeding time at the DSWT in Nairobi

 

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Visitors are allowed into the orphanage every day from 11:00 to 12:00 hrs.

 

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You might even get the chance of touching a baby elephant!

 

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If you’re planning on visiting the orphanage, try to get there early to have a better spot

 

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If you decide to support the Orphans’ Project by fostering an elephant, you’re allowed into a semiprivate viewing in the afternoon

 

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Before their bedtime, baby elephants enjoy playing with their visitors

 

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To foster an elephant you must contribute with a minimum of 50 USD each year

 

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Bedtime at the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage

 

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We adopted a beautiful baby elephant named Kauro! He was found in a well in northern Kenya

 

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Maxwell, a blind rhino who cannot be returned into the wild because he would be killed as he can’t defend himself

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