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“Nice to see the baby elephants, but a boring presentation”

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Nairobi Day Tour David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center
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Elephants Orphanage Tour From Nairobi
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Half-Day Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - Elephant 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.
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

We were initally very eager about coming to this "elephant orphanage" to learn about these abandoned elephants. But, our time there was rather boring. The Trust is now caring for 14 elephants that they plan to reintroduce to the wild within 8 years of having taken them in. What could have been fascinating, was quite otherwise. We were introduced to each elephant, told its name and told how it came to the orphanage. Hearing the same thing about 14 elephants that we cannot tell apart from each other was tedious. Our knowledge of these wonderful creatures was not enhanced in any way.

When in Zimbabwe our experience at the elephant orphanage was quite thrilling. We were able to feed the baby elephants, touch them, meet their trainer, and learn how they are treated and trained and reintroduced into the wild. None of that happened at this Trust. A disappointing experience. Even though this review is negative, I would still recommend going to see all these wonderful babies which you may not get to see in the wild.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

A visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust provides a true perspective of what is happening to our beloved elephants. A large number of elephant orphans closely bonded to human carers can be seen at the Orphanage each morning at 11.00am. With a lot of human characteristics and the sense soy a strong family bond, these young elephants are a wonderful spectacle enjoying each others company, mud baths and plant yof other fun. It is a tragedy that such a place has to exist due to human greed. do everything you can when in Nairobi to visit this wonderful organisation. We may not have elephants for much longer!

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

This was definately worth a visit. The orphaned elephants are delightful and their keepers obviously enjoy what they do. It was educational. We visited on my son's 21st birthday and he was really pleased to be given the chance to sponsor an elephant. We arrived a little late because of the traffic so leave plenty of time to get there. It was difficult to get up close but most people were happy to take their turn.

Thank OzzieC42
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We spent a morning here and really enjoyed it despite a large crowd of tourists. So many orphaned elephants. Well worth the visit.

Thank maggieMD
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Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Only open from 1100 until 1200 every day, but try to arrive a bit early to make sure you're at the front to really see the elephants up close.

The hour went really quickly as the rangers described their work and the name and personality of each elephant.

Lovely experience. Amazing organisation. Feeling guilty I didn't join their adoption scheme, maybe I'll go online now.

I went to the Karen Blixen museum and the Giraffe Centre on the same day.

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