• But first, some history:

    But first, some history:

    Naturalists David and Daphne Sheldrick came to Kenya in 1948 and established the Tsavo East National Park. In 1952 two baby elephants orphaned by drought and poachers came into their care. They named the elephants Samson and Fatuma. Source

  • Samson had been abandoned at a waterhole after collapsing and refusing to move. The drought left ...

    Samson had been abandoned at a waterhole after collapsing and refusing to move. The drought left him malnourished, and while his mother stayed with him after the herd had moved on, she was forced to leave in order to survive. Source

  • After two days and debates from the local wildlife park, Samson was moved into David and Daphne&#...

    After two days and debates from the local wildlife park, Samson was moved into David and Daphne’s National Park. He grew very attached to David, but in twenty years’ time would get killed, along with 60 other elephants in the Park, for his tusks. Source

  • Today:

    Today:

    Despite the poachers, the world’s first elephant orphanage would continue to thrive. Over a heartbreaking but rewarding 28 years of trial and error, the Sheldrick’s perfected a system of raising the elephants and integrating them back in the wild. Source

  • For the first three years of its life, an elephant depends solely on its mother's milk for nu...

    For the first three years of its life, an elephant depends solely on its mother’s milk for nutrition. After almost three decades, the orphanage has managed to create a formula that imitates it and keeps the baby elephants alive. Source

  • After the death of her husband, the current Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick continues to work and live ...

    After the death of her husband, the current Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick continues to work and live at the orphanage. Source

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  • As part of the rehabilitation process, the caretakers encourage bonds with the other elephants li...

    As part of the rehabilitation process, the caretakers encourage bonds with the other elephants living there. Source

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  • The orphanage also teaches local villages and schools to respect the lives of the local animals a...

    The orphanage also teaches local villages and schools to respect the lives of the local animals and is an active advocate against illegal poaching and the ivory trade. Source

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  • A graduate of the orphanage, this elephant went on to lead her own herd in the safety of the park...

    A graduate of the orphanage, this elephant went on to lead her own herd in the safety of the park. They found her as a baby, injured by poachers. Source

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