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“Don't Leave Nairobi without visiting this Centre!”

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Ranked #3 of 130 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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Reviewed April 27, 2013

A fantastic place to visit with so much information provided to all visitors by the attendants. Came away with a splash of red mud from head to foot from the baby elephants - a little piece of Kenya will certainly visit again next visit.

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Reviewed April 25, 2013

This place really warmed my heart, the elephants are orpans for one reason or another - mostly poaching, and the keepers look after them so well it honestly brings a tear to your eye. The youngest elephants were only a few weeks old, and had been given little blanket capes to wear to keep them warm in the cool air. There was a blind rhino living there too, it was just so lovely to see that in a third world country such as Kenya there are still people out there wanting to help an endangered species. I got talking to one of the keepers, and he told me that they deliberately wear green coats when feeding/looking after the elephants so that they don't lose their fear of humans completely when they are released back into the wild. He also told me that the elephants are so intelligent, they can sense whether you really care about them or not! The keepers treat these animals as their own children, and even sleep with them at night and comfort them if they wake up! I donated some money towards this organisation as they are doing such a fantastic job and I got to stroke one of the babies which was lovely. They are so cheeky they play fight with one another like real human siblings do. One needed some assistance as he got stuck in the mud! All in all, we really enjoyed this.

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

I LOVE the Wildlife Trust. You get to see and learn about baby elephants. I mean, what is cuter than a baby elephant? The staff is very knowledgable. The elephants feed themselves with huge bottles. They are adorable. Perfect for animal lovers!! You can buy gifts, and support or "adopt" an elephant. This is a great place, because they are helping orphaned elephants, and you get to see them! Win, win!

Thank carrie831
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

went there with a friend and we were amazed at the love and care this baby orphans are getting...

The workers feed them milk literally using a feeding bottle where they have to suck from. once in a while they are taken into the park and back for them to be in initiated when they finally have to leave the sheldrick trust.

One of the workers told us that its usually a difficult time for both the elephants and the entire sheldrick family during departing and most of the elephants still come back once in a while to visit

Its truly a cool place to visit and is only opened for an hour every day

Thank bridgitndinda
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Although the baby orphaned elephants only come for an hour around 11am, its worth every minute. Just seeing them there, eating, playing and having a good time with their friends is a wonderful experience. U can spot the ones that are still shy or traumatized as elephants never forget. There is a fee of 400Shillings at the entrance. Bring a hat if as there is no shading, an umbrella if its raining and some wellies as its muddy. I ended up fostering an elephant online as its much easier as the crowd queues up after the viewing. When you foster an elephant you can book for an afternoon session to see them get ready for sleeping.

Thank Loomi
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