The Sheldrick Elephant Nursery
Infant African elephants are extremely fragile, which makes hand-rearing them into a delicate, emotional process. They are milk dependent for two years and developing the right “artificial” formula took Daphne Sheldrick 28 years through trial and error. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has a Nursery in the Nairobi National Park. There they have a team of trained keepers who replace the elephant’s lost family, together with the other orphans. It can take up to 10 years until the elephant calves are ready to be brought back into a wild heard. Like humans, elephants need time to grow and develop, to be able to lead independent lives within a social structure.
We think that they are doing an amazing job and deserve our full support. Elephant populations are currently under great pressure. Poaching for ivory has become a ruthless international business with a lot of money involved. Helping the orphaned elephants who have lost their families is the least we can do. Fostering an elephant will give you the opportunity to support them and through the monthly updates, you will be able to follow their lives.
The above image is a screenshot of the Orphans Project on the website of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.