Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi

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When an elephant is poached for its ivory, what happens to the orphaned calves left behind? Founded in 1977, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust provides lifesaving assistance to wild animals in need, including orphaned elephants, rhinos and other wildlife.

At their Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, elephant carers stand in for an orphaned elephant’s lost family, providing 24/7 care, specialist formula milk and the security of a new human-orphan herd. As the orphans grow, they are gradually reintegrated back into the wild, protected by the charity’s Anti-Poaching and Aerial Surveillance Teams.

To date, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has hand-raised more than 180 orphan infant elephants.

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