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.
A visit to the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya
The orphanage is home to baby elephants who have lost their mothers and herds
To date, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants
The foundation also has an excellent rehabilitation program which ends with the reintroduction of the young orphan elephants into the wild
Orphaned elephants replace their mother with a human keeper that needs to be by its side 24 hours a day
Most orphans come from Kenya’s Tsavo National Park
It is true that elephants never forget, they will trust and love their keeper for life
At the orphanage, it is common to see female elephants care and protect those younger
Some baby elephants can be very stubborn 🙂
Baby elephants cannot live without milk during their first three years of life
Feeding time at the DSWT in Nairobi
Visitors are allowed into the orphanage every day from 11:00 to 12:00 hrs.
You might even get the chance of touching a baby elephant!
If you’re planning on visiting the orphanage, try to get there early to have a better spot
If you decide to support the Orphans’ Project by fostering an elephant, you’re allowed into a semiprivate viewing in the afternoon
Before their bedtime, baby elephants enjoy playing with their visitors
To foster an elephant you must contribute with a minimum of 50 USD each year
Bedtime at the David Sheldrick elephant orphanage
We adopted a beautiful baby elephant named Kauro! He was found in a well in northern Kenya
Maxwell, a blind rhino who cannot be returned into the wild because he would be killed as he can’t defend himself