Firstly, the place is only open from 11-12, I don't want anyone to miss out!
They are doing a fantastic job here, rescuing baby elephant and rhino from around Kenya, who have lost their mothers, more often than not, due to poaching (yes, despite continued awareness around the world,, education is still not getting out around the world, in china, where most of the ivory goes for luxury items, they believe that the tusks naturally fall out and grow again, like milk teeth in humans, knowledge is power and there needs to be better education about elephant ivory, and the death it brings, as it still happens all too often ) , mothers get killed), or natural death.
You get let in, paying a nominal entry (500 shillings, around £4) and walk to a clearing with a wonderful view of the national park (the orphanage is in the park, but you don't have to pay the park entry fee) where there are plenty of milk bottles! The elephant come in 2 groups and there is a guy with a microphone telling the story of each and every elephant. Where he/she was found, how old, how long they have been there etc. They also touch on the success stories of reintegration into Tsavo.
They do such a great job here. Sometimes you find orphanages whom don't release back into the wild, so it was fantastic that they do.
You can tell that they really care about the animals, and are predominately a rescue and release facility rather than a tourist attraction, which is just fine by me! Often you find with similar places, all they care about are the tourists and the dollars they bring, and looking after the animals is almost a second thought. This orphanage is NOT one of them!!
I felt honoured to be able to meet these wonderful, gentle, and oh so cute animals!
I would recommend you buy Daphne's autobiography, I haven't finished it yet, but so far, it's great. From her early childhood, where even then she was lookimg after baby orphaned animals, like moongoose, dik dik, bush buck, zebra to growing up, (this is where i am in the book) marriage and her work with elephant and rhino. If you can read it before going to the orphanage, then I think your visit will have even more meaning!
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