Established in 1977, 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, who was at the centre of the 1970’s ivory poaching wars in Tsavo National Park.
Today, the Sheldrick orphanage is best known for its elephant rescue project.
Elephant calves, orphaned by poaching are brought here from all over the country. The baby elephants are specially nursed by dedicated staff, as they are highly dependent on milk.
Elephant calves are a challenge to raise, as they are dependent on their mother’s milk for the first two years. The baby elephants at the Sheldrick nursery are bottle fed with a special milk formula. They are also necessarily covered in blankets to protect them from the morning cold.
When the elphants are stable enough to survive on their own in the wild, they are then moved to Tsavo National Park, where they are carefully reintroduced into wild herds.
Enjoy a heartwarming sight of the calves being bottle fed on their milk formula, and after, a happy, playful and splashy mud bath like toddlers, to keep cool under the harsh sun.