This was an excellent visit, although the site is open for only one hour each day. Seeing the orphans inter-act with each other and their keepers was a joy, particularly when reminded of the traumatic start to life they have had, separated from their mothers, so often at the hands of poachers. It is clear that elephants do have personalities: some were quiet, perhaps a little withdrawn (probably more recent arrivals), whilst others exuded mischievousness, trying to purloin bottles of milk intended for other orphans! The older calves held their bottles themselves, using that magnificent organ that is the trunk - a real sight to behold. Explanations and introductions to each calf by the keepers provided an added dimension: it is difficult to leave without making a donation to this excellent service. Further poaching in Amboseli since our return has led to additional orphans being sent to the Trust: thank heavens for the excellent work they all do. Dame Daphne was visible around the site when we were there: she is to be congratulated for still, despite advancing years, clearly being very hands-on. I thoroughly recommend this visit.
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