Do not confuse this abomination with the wonderful Sheldrick elephant orphanage. I was here at the time of its inception and it was the most amazing place in Kenya. I have never forgotten the emotions I felt over the sad histories of the wonderful orphans and the plans for their rehabilitation - babies weighing from a few ounces to almost a ton - all on their way back to the wild. What a disappointment! Almost every animal was under sentence of solitary confinement for life, without remission! I detest zoos, and accept NO justification from any that they have ANY role in replenishing diminished stocks in the wild. The cost of releasing animals into the wild is prohibitive - see the film "Born Free." Ask the Sheldrick Foundation. There was even a wild dog in solitary confinement that spends every waking moment running distractedly on three legs to and fro along a deep-worn track along the furthest fence from the viewing area. His prognosis - never to be released. Just like the aged wart hog who lost his wife a year ago and one of his tusks more recently. If you want a good cry - this is the place to go. The people who operate this concentratio0n camp would be kinder to shoot all the animals and chop them up for pet food. DON'T GO THERE.
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