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“Adorable elephants, wonderful survival stories” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Elephants Orphanage Tour From 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.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Adorable elephants, wonderful survival stories”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

Watching the orphans at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is truly an eye opening experience as to the smarts and emotional capabilities of these wonderful young elephants. It is fascinating to learn about their day-to-day lives with their trainers, whom they are extremely fond of and attached to. The care and dedication these trainers give to the little elephants is awe-inspiring. The one hour where tourists get to enjoy being in the presence of the elephants is incredibly entertaining as they get to watch the animals in a natural environment as they are eating leaves, rolling around in the mud and playfully wrestling one another. When we were there, there was also an orphaned rhino that was being housed there, and we had the pleasure of visiting him as well.

Overall, a wonderful experience!

Visited February 2012
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“elephant orphanage”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

it was so special to be with the little orphans when they come trooping in for their milk, fed by the trainers. The youngest was only 4 months old, rescued from a well after his mother and the rest of the family were chased away by herders. The orphans are cared for till they're 3 years old and then they're slowly introduced back to the wild in Tsavo National Park, if they're accepted by the wild herds there. A heart tucking experience. And a worthwhile cause to support.

Visited November 2012
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Pennington, South Africa
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“A Must if in Kenya”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick and her daughter Angela are the driving force behind this extraordinary elephant orphanage/ nursery. It would be a huge shame to miss out on what is a global model for conservation, Dr Daphne Sheldrick is acknowledged worldwide as a pioneer and authority on saving baby elephants, not only saving them but re-introducing them successfully back into the wild.
The visit is heart warming, emotional, uplifting and informative. Man's greed and the resultant poaching has left countless baby elephants orphaned and without DSWT these babies would never have stood a chance. Visit this special place, take your children, read Dr Daphne Sheldrick's book An African Love Story, and do not leave without fostering your own baby elephant. This place is literally life changing!

Visited November 2012
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“Worth the visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

The Elephant Orphanage is a great insight to what happens to the little ones which are left by the poachers.
If you miss this orphanage, you really miss the whole meaning of protecting animals in Africa.
I could have spent a lot more time there

Visited July 2012
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“Sheldrick Wildlife Trust”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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