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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Elephants Orphanage Tour From Nairobi with...
Ranked #3 of 129 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 18, 2014

Wow. They do such amazing things at the DSWT. It's so lovely to see how much they really care for the elephants in their care and are doing all they can to raise them up to release into the wild. We adopted Kamok - beautiful little baby elephant. The organisation requires 900 USD per elephant per month, which is a huge amount of money when they only ask for 50 USD for adoption. (So spread the word). They have a lovely little black rhino there too who is blind and can't be released. There is national park access teaching the elephants how they must be in the wild. We had a 5pm booking to see them and they all came trotting in from the park into a line and into their pen. It was adorable. highly recommend visiting these elephants.

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Reviewed April 18, 2014

We visited the David Sheldrick centre on our last day in Africa and it was a perfect way to end a perfect trip. We had arranged to "adopt" an elephant each so were treated to a private viewing. We watched as the keepers led all the young orphans back into the centre after having been out foraging - saying each one's name as they passed. We then walked around the centre, stopping to see all the little elephants being fed and cared for by their individual keepers. We were invited to choose one to "adopt", and fill out some paperwork so we could be sent regular updates on the work of the centre, comings and goings, tragedies and successes. The orphans stories are heartbreaking, but seeing these beautiful animals being cared for and eventually released back into the (relative) wild is heartening. I would definitely recommend a visit to anyone interested in conservation, or just wanting to spend some time with some lovely little elephants and their amazing human helpers.

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

The Elephant Orphanage from 11am to 12 is a must for anyone and everyone. 500 KES entry fee for the hour watching the orphaned Elephants saved from the wild. I am resident in Kenya and visit at least every 3 or 4 months. An incredible experience.

Thank Ad W
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

lovely baby elephants and the keepers are well knowledgeable and know there history in there figure tips.

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is an environmental concept of protecting and reintegrating abandoned elephants to the wild. There is not much to see besides young elephants bottle feeding, horsing around ('elephanting' maybe) or mud bathing. I feel that the opportunity cost is too steep for jet lagged tourists coming all the way from America or Europe to spend 45 minutes watching baby elephants frolic. To include it in the tour schedule one must have plenty of time to spare, laze around or transition. Excellent for children though

Thank Hector J
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