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“A must-see when in Nairobi”

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
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Elephants Orphanage Tour From Nairobi with Optional Giraffe Centre
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Half-Day David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - Elephant Orphanage Tour from Nairobi
Ranked #1 of 128 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 July 24, 2013

The baby elephants are adorable, especially when feeding. The presentation is a rather sobering litany of poaching and human-animal conflict. It is crucial to arrive early, particularly during the summer, because the number of attendees far exceeds the amount of good viewing space.

Thank Brian R
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

There are a few challenges to visiting the baby elephants, but they are far outweighed by the overall mission to help orphaned elephants and reintroduce them into the wild. I think I would have felt almost guilty visiting these magnificent creatures elsewhere had I not understood the challenges facing them with the recent uptick in poaching and stresses of human encroachment. The Sheldrick Trust will help you understand the situation much better. Furthermore, who doesn't want to get some up-close time with adorable elephants. The 500 schilling entrance fee is a pittance given the conservation work being done, and you have a nice opportunity to help sponsor an elephant if you want to contribute more. The only real downside is the sometimes aggressive crowd of camera-toting (and clicking) tourists. But it's all for a good cause. Just make sure to arrive early and don't get too upset if you need to slide back to make some way for the Kenyan school children who invariably show up late. You will see plenty of elephants and have that great shot - just be patient.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Due to the extensive road works and resulting traffic jams everywhere in Nairobi we were half an hour late getting to the daily viewing of the baby elephants. This was a shame because there were so many visitors and school groups that we stood 6 or 8 deep most of the way around the "arena". The guy with the mic didn't really move around at all so we couldn't hear the commentary, or Q and A session at the end. I suggest that during excessively busy days like this, the one with the mic tries to move around to make sure that everyone gets a chance to hear. My sympathies are with the staff as the crowds are huge and its a good policy not to turn any one away. Perhaps setting aside one section for individuals who are not part of a large group might help crowd control a little. I was disappointed for the first time friends I took as they were not as engaged as they would have been had they been able to hear the fascinating rescue stories etc

Thank Fiona M
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The facility is worth a visit for an hour. It is a facility that finds orphaned Elephants in the wild(mainly because their mothers have been killed by poachers for their ivory) and after nurturing them for a number of years retrurn them to the wild, where they are protected. Very worthwhile project well explained by local staff.

Thank Guy2508
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Every elephant here has a story, some past, a family and a name; exactly thats wht makes this place so unique and heart touching.

Thank Shahzad K
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