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“Sheldrick Wildlife Trust” 5 of 5 stars
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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Mbagathi Road, Nairobi 00503 , Kenya
+254 733 891996
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Ranked #1 of 43 Attractions in Nairobi
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Owner description: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Elephant Nursery in Nairobi National Park provides a safe haven to orphaned baby elephants rescued by the DSWT. The Nursery provides the first stage in the hand-rearing and development of milk dependent baby elephants. Once they graduate from the Nursery, aged 2-3 years, the elephants move to one of the DSWT's Reintegration Centres in Tsavo East National Park, from where they will ultimately return to the wild.
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“Sheldrick Wildlife Trust”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

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 It is clear that elephants do have personalities: some were quiet, perhaps a little withdrawn (probably more recent arrivals), whilst others exuded mischievousness, trying to purloin bottles of milk intended for other orphans!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.

Visited October 2012
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“a real highlight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

A must for anyone staying in Nairobi, and a very worthwhile cause.
Get there early - it is open for one hour from 11am, but we got there at 10.30 and were the first in, therefore got the best views

Visited November 2012
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“Elephant Orphanage”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

These people do such a great job with so many orphaned baby elephants ... and it is not a simple job with such varied and mischievous personalities.

Visited November 2012
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“Orphaned Elephant Redoubt”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Great to see especially if you won't get a chance to see ellies in the wild. If you do, you might be disappointed as it's a bit commercial (the baby elephnats wear blankets to keep them warm) and your shots will be full of other people. Still interesting to hear how each elephnat came to this center.

If you miss the 11 AM feeding (until 12 PM) you will need to pay $50 (for two) to put the elephants to bed at 4. But there are then less people.

Visited November 2012
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“Elephant Orphanage”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Very close, even touching, encounter with orphaned baby elephants. Each elephant had his or her caretaker. The dedication and knowledge of the caretakers is beyond compare. A must see!

Visited August 2012
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