The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust looks after orphaned elephants who you can meet at their centre in Nairobi National Park…
The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust looks after orphaned elephants who you can meet at the centre in Nairobi National Park. After about three years of rehabilitation, many of the babies are ready to be released back into the wild in Tsavo East National Park. In fact, the trust runs the most successful rescue and rehabilitation programme for elephants in the world.
The trust was set up over 40 years ago by Daphne Sheldrick in memory of her husband, David, who was a famous warden and naturalist in Tsavo. As well as helping orphaned elephants and rhinos, the enterprise works on anti-poaching initiatives, habitat protection and runs mobile vet clinics.
Visiting will give you a chance to get up close to the elephants, learn about the wildlife trust’s work and contribute to the conservation of these incredible animals. We’ll pick you up from your Nairobi hotel by private car for the 11am feeding. The elephants know when it’s time to have their milk and come running down into the feeding area, falling all over each other – it’s so cute. As the keepers feed them, a guide from the trust will introduce you to the individual elephants and tell you their rescue stories. You’ll get to ask questions while the animals play and munch on leaves, there’s also a mud pool where they roll around to protect their skin from the sun, it’s beautiful to watch.
Adopting an elephant (just ask the Alfred& team) is a great way to support the Sheldrick’s work even further; as well as updates of your elephant, you receive watercolours painted by Angela Sheldrick (Daphne’s daughter) which I think is a nice touch.
Overall, the real highlight for guests is getting to interact with the elephants in such an intimate setting; you’ll probably spot them in the wild while on safari but only from a distance. It’s just fantastic being so close to the animals and visitors love learning about the elephants because these creatures are true conservation success stories. Thanks to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, these baby elephants now have a promising future and you can go away knowing that your visit has helped support elephants in Kenya.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Becky, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in the Mara, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot for your sundowner.
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