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“Warms your heart!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Elephants Orphanage Tour From Nairobi
Ranked #1 of 109 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.
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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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“Loved it - elephants were so cute!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed this. It was fun to see the elephants being fed and to hear the story of the Trust. We adopted a baby elephant. You have to get there at 11AM to see them being fed. It lasts for 1 hour. There was a lot of construction on the way and it took us a very long time to get there so allow extra time.

Visited December 2012
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“visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Brilliant, we want to adopt an orphan elephant.unfortuneately it poured with rain while I was there as I would have liked to have stayed longer

Visited November 2012
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“lovely baby elephants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

The DSWT raises orphan baby elephants whose mothers were often killed by poachers. From 11 - 12 it is feeding time. They come running into their feeding area where they drink milk out of a bottle. Very dearing to watch. Then they play around a bit. There are two rounds, first the very little ones and then the slightly older ones. Ver nice. Entrance fee KES 500 (around EUR 5).

Visited November 2012
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“Go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Visiting hours between 11am-12pm. You get to see lots of elephants and them being fed/fooling around. Also a resident rhino (blind) and other animals. Thoroughly reccommeded.

Visited November 2012
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