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“My little baby elephants.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Mbagathi Road | Kws Workshop Entrance - Nairobi National Park, Nairobi 00503 , Kenya
+254 733 891996
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Ranked #1 of 78 things to do in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Nairobi, Kenya
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“My little baby elephants.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

It is just great and moving. You see two sets of elephants coming to be fed with just a piece of string to mark a boundary. A guide tells us all about them and he is very knowledgeable. A little one lent on me and held my hand with his trunk. I have adopted five for little people in my life.

Visited November 2012
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“A must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

This place was on the top of our to do list while we were in Nairobi. But it didn't start out easily. No one we spoke to knew how to get to this place. We spent and hour and a half trying to get there! It is only open for an hour a day so you need to make sure that you leave with enough time for your driver to get lost.
The elephants are beautiful and it is sad when you hear their stories but if you aren't an elephant fan when you walk in there you will be adoping many on your way out!

Visited September 2012
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“Baby elephants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Incredible place, incredible mission, incredible work. To see all the baby orphans playing in the mud and drinking from giant milk bottles was the best. Support their work and adopt an elephant.

Visited July 2012
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“Baby Elephants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Had a blast! Took great pics, elephants were playful and friendly! Staff was helpful in making sure elephants moved around and took pics for visitors. Wished they stayed out longer!

Visited December 2012
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“Warms your heart!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

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!

Visited December 2012
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