It is truly heartwarming to witness baby elephants, who have lost their families due to poaching, human-wildlife conflict, or habitat destruction, frolicking in the mud and seeking comfort from their human caretakers. Thanks to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), 101 orphaned elephants have been rescued and rehabilitated since 2001. The Orphans’ Project, a UK-based charity, has played a significant role in locating these elephants in remote parts of Kenya and helping them assimilate back into the wild.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has saved over 100 animals, including these cute baby elephants, from isolated areas in Kenya over the past two decades.
The DSWT has saved many elephants from being poached for ivory, suffering from human conflict, or losing their habitats. These gentle giants are now under the care of the trust’s elephant orphanage in Nairobi, where they receive the love and attention they need to heal and thrive. Despite the hardships they have endured, the elephants display remarkable resilience and an irresistible zest for life, according to Rob Brandford, the director of DSWT. However, ivory poaching still poses a major threat to Africa’s elephant population, as evidenced by the trust’s 500 percent increase in rescued elephants over the past year. Once rescued, the elephants are taken to the DSWT’s sanctuary in Nairobi National Park, where they are nurtured by dedicated human-elephant caretakers around the clock. Eventually, they will be reintegrated into the wild at one of the trust’s three reintegration centers in the Greater Tsavo Conservation Area.
The team at the charitable organization, established in the UK and based in Nairobi, is currently tending to the baby elephants, aiding in their recuperation from harm and abuse. According to DSWT.
The young elephants find joy in being a part of the “orphan” family and are carefully introduced to their own kind and humans by workers before they are eventually set free. According to DSWT.
According to the director of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Rob Brandford, every orphaned elephant has a unique story of rescue that is often saddening. However, their will to survive and enthusiasm for life is inspiring. The trust has rescued several elephants, such as Mbegu, a seven-week-old calf that survived a vicious attack, and Barsilinga, whose mother was killed by poachers.
Mbegu, a baby elephant who was only seven weeks old, is among the rescued orphans. The poor animal was attacked with stones and spears in a revenge incident before being saved. Source: DSWT
Over the past year, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has seen a significant rise in the number of elephants they have saved due to the increase in ivory poaching. The trust has helped these animals thrive and recover under their care, showcasing the remarkable influence this organization has on these magnificent creatures. Source: DSWT.
At the orphanage, the young elephants receive loving care and are trained on essential skills such as feeding, sharing, and showing affection towards each other. The goal is to ensure their successful reintegration into their natural habitat. This information was sourced from DSWT.
After being saved from hazardous situations, such as conflicts or other dangers, young elephants are transported by plane or car to the sanctuary run by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Nairobi National Park. This park serves as a secure place for elephants who have lost their parents.
The DSWT, based in Nairobi, has a rescue team that frequently responds to calls for injured elephants. The team brings the elephants to the orphanage for care. Source: DSWT