Just outside of the Nairobi National Park is David Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage. This popular tourist attraction is home to dozens of baby and adolescent elephants who were orphaned and can no longer survive on their own. The sad reality is that without this sanctuary, these elephants most likely would have died. It’s heart breaking to see so many young elephants needing assistance, however heart warming to know that man that is helping to rehabilitate, protect and repopulate these majestic creatures back into the wild.
Touring the Elephant Orphanage
Get there early as the hundreds of visitors will be jockeying for a place to get up close to these adorable baby elephants.
Precisely at 11:00am the elephants are (very willingly) led from the forest into a large, roped off area where they are fed bottles of milk and get a chance to mingle and play with other elephants. Play-time is happy time for these leathery pachyderms – rolling in the dirt, splashing water and slinging mud on the visitors tops the day’s activities. The elephants will come up to the rope line and investigate the non-elephant life forms snapping hundreds of pictures of them. You’re able to touch/pet them and snap the selfie that all of your friends will be jealous of.
NOTE: Ropes aren’t used to keep the elephants in, more to keep the visitors from crowding.
During the short 60-minute feeding time the elephants will live a happy, worry free life filled with dirt, water and mud. You will get dirty! On the way out there is a souvenir shop to support the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) to help keep the doors open and the bottles full.