Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is located near Nairobi National Park.
This orphanage for Elephant Calves and Rhinos
from all over Kenya was founded and still managed by Daphne Sheldrick,
the widow of one of Kenya's best known Game Wardens David Sheldrick.
David Sheldrick was at the centre of the 1970's Ivory poaching wars in Tsavo National
Today, the Sheldrick orphanage is a focal point for
Elephant calves orphanned by poaching are
brought here from all over the country. They receive extremely
specialized treatment here, and literally receive personal care 24
hours a day from highly dedicated staff who become surrogate mothers to
Eventually the calves are moved to Tsavo, where they are
carefully reintroduced into wild herds.
The centre is open to
the public each morning (11am-12pm)
At this time the calves are being exercised
and bathed and visitors are free to watch. This is a good centre for
general information on Elephants and their Conservation.
Visit the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust website for more information