18 April 2011

Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya

Daphne Sheldrick is a Kenyan author and conservationist. Daphne and her team have been raising and reintegrating orphaned elephants into the wild for over 30 years. Her Elephant Orphanage is located in the Nairobi Game Park in Nairobi, Kenya. It was originally started by Daphne's husband David Sheldrick, and the work was taken over by her after his death. The park itself is too small to sustain any adult elephants, but they take in orphaned baby elephants from all over Kenya. Having completed their two milk dependent years, these orphans, along with the human family of keepers who replace the lost elephant family, grow up in the Tsavo National Park, where they mingle freely and at will with the wild herds and eventually become fully integrated back into the wild community.

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