This is definitely one unique experience in any tour of Kenya. At the David Scheldrick Wildlife Trust, you get to watch as volunteers nurse adorable baby elephants. The elephants are orphaned and would have died in the wild, but thanks to this charity, they have hope of living a full life. Here is more:
About David Scheldrick
David Scheldrick was a Naturalist and the first warden of the Tsavo East National Park where he served from 1948 to 1976. Scheldrick passed away in 1977 but his kin carried forward his dream of preserving Kenya’s wildlife. The Trust is registered as a charity in the US and the UK.
The Trust is found in the Nairobi Game Park. The Nairobi Game Park is in itself very unique because it is a game park located just outside the capital city of Kenya.
Two words: Baby Elephants! Besides elephants, the Trust also offers shelter to orphaned black rhinos. The Scheldrick Wildlife Trust is a pioneer. It has registered the first successful attempts at raising baby elephants to adulthood. The orphaned elephants are raised by surrogate human mothers. The mothers provide feeding, play and nurturing relationship for the baby elephants.
It was also at the Sheldrick Wildlife trust that baby rhinos were for the first time raised in captivity and successfully released into the wild. No other organization in the world has a matching hands on understanding of rhinos.
Dozens of elephants who have successfully survived in the wild often come back to the Trust to show off their offspring to their human family at the Scheldrick Trust.
When to Visit
The orphanage is open every day from 11am to 12pm and visitors are advised to make a donation.
Transition of elephants to life in the wild can take as long as ten years, since elephants are not fast maturing and some orphans do not recall their elephant families. However, all finally take their place in the wild.
Besides elephants and rhinos, the Trust has also hand reared animals from dozens of other species.