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Daphne Sheldricks Elephant Orphanage - A Shelter for Baby Elephants & Rhino Calves

Daphne Sheldricks Elephant The Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is located on the outskirts of Nairobi and can be reached by a 45 minutes drive. The orphanage is run by Daphne Sheldrick, wife of the late famous naturalist David Sheldrick who was the founder warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. The objective of this park and sanctuary is to take care of orphaned baby elephants and to tame black and white rhino calves and adults. This park is not only home to numerous orphaned baby elephants but also takes care of other animals as well. There at the park a team of dedicated conservationists take care of all the animals. This park is open for only one hour between 11:00 hr to 12:00 hr in the morning for the visitors. There at the park, at 11:00 hr the baby elephants are brought to take mud-bath. This is the time when one gets a chance to get close to the baby elephants and even touch them. After the bath the handlers feed these baby elephants.

You also get to know all the details regarding individual baby elephants which are present at the orphanage through the handlers. These handlers give a talk about the babies as to where they come from, how they are progressing and much more. This is the best time to get close the elephants. If you are lucky you can also get a chance to get in touch with young rhino's which are also being taken care at this orphanage. The orphanage runs a rehabilitation program for the elephants and all of them are sent back to the wild elephant community of Tsavo National Park when they are grown.

Contact Details:

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust  
P.O. Box 15555, Nairobi, Kenya