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“Not to be missed” 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.
Brisbane, Australia
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193 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This is the most wonderful wildlife experience that you will ever have. The founder of this Trust, Dame Daphne Sheldrick is a truly inspirational woman and she along with a team of caring, warm and generous people create a safe haven for orphaned elephants, rhinos and a smattering of other displaced animals.
You are able to get up very close to the baby elephants, touch them and interact with the keepers. For a small extra fee, you can have a private experience with them and this is extremely worthwhile. If you want to help a fabulous organization, or just enjoy a wonderful encounter that you could not get anywhere else in the world, then visit this place, you will not be disappointed.

Visited June 2013
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“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Enjoyed the visit here. Educational and the keepers take great care of and pride in these animals, and are happy to tell their stories. The groups are small enough where you get great views of the animals and can interact with them.

Visited May 2013
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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“A Crowd Pleaser”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Very educational and the babies (there was a 6 week old orphan there with keepers putting sunscreen on his ears and a brolley over his head), were fun to watch. By the time the 3 year olds arrived they were ready for some rough and tumble in the mud bath and as a spectator, you had to be carefully placed, or you could also be covered in mud! Old clothes are best.

Visited May 2013
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st Petersburg, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Adorable Elephants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

The caring staff at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust make this an essential stop off for any visitor to Nairobi, especially for animal lovers. To see the baby elephants drinking for teats on large baby bottles is a moving experience I am so pleased I was able to see. The babies are wonderful to see and the caring of the staff is most impressive. fantastic place to visit.

Visited July 2012
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Cronulla, Australia
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“What a Joy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Seeing these baby elephant orphans and seeing how they are loved and cared for by their keepers was a really joyful experience.
The majority of the babies have become orphans as a result of poachers killing their mothers and they are being cared for here until,hopefully they can be released into a reserve with another herd who will accept them as one of there own.
The keepers sleep with the elephants as they have to be bottle fed every 3 hours until they are two.Now that is a commitment.
Watching them jostling for a space in a very small mud pool was hilarious.
The keepers were very informative and you can only visit at 1 particular hour a day to minimise human contact.
We were also delighted to see the well behaved,beautifully school uniformed school children enjoying the antics of these beautiful babies

Visited April 2013
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