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“Unforgettable” 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 86 things to do in Nairobi
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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.
Santa Ana, California
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“Unforgettable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

My first choice for sightseeing, observing the orphan baby elephants was educational, and motivational. Seeing the care they're receiving after the tragic loss of a mother, shows what CAN be done, not just what can go wrong. Elephants and staff are each amazing. I will continue to support these efforts in the years to come.

Visited February 2013
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“There is a reason this is # 1”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This place is often referred to as the elephant orphange by the locals.
I just returned from my third visit to Nairobi and my third visit to this
place. This is the only so-called tourist attraction that I felt warranted
a return visit. Don't miss it!

Visited February 2013
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“Amazing experience with baby elephants - truly enchanting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Was there with a friend who sponsors/adopted a baby elephant there and so we got to do a private visit in the evening when the babies were coming in from the park at the end of the day (around 5pm) and have to say that having a troupe of baby elephants run towards you is incredible! The keepers are so wonderful and friendly as well once you start chatting to them and the whole experience is just enchanting. Well worth a visit!

Visited October 2012
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“incredible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

just go. you will not be disappointed. go both during the day and night. night visit is more relaxed and less crowded while the day visit is more of a display. it is worth doing both.

Visited December 2012
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“Nice for families, but a bit uninspired.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Sheldrick Trust got a lot of press from Nat. Geographic. They rescue elephant babies and Rhinos and attempt to re-introduce them to the wild when they are ready.
While this is an admirable and much needed conservation tool, I have to say the experience felt a bit more like a petting zoo than a wildlife sanctuary. A large group of people crowded around after paying a fairly large fee to have the young elephants trotted out to feed on display. Then there is a concession stand on the way out and the whole thing seemed more surface than substance.
That is just my impression. I would hope that the family that started and manages this trust spends their earnings on high value conservation projects that really move the needle on saving these magnificent beasts.

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