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Our Visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Orphan's Project in Nairobi (January 2010)

Before taking our plane to Edmonton we had a day to waist in Nairobi. We hired a taxi, for much cheaper than a organized safari and we went to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Orphan's Project. Check with your hotel how much you should pay for the cab, they will have a good idea. Our cab driver sugested to stop there on our way to the Girafe Center . I thought it was a good idea. He said this orphanage was in the Nairobi National Park.

You have to be there around 10:30. The gate opens at 11:00 and it closes at 12:00. It's open for only one hour, they don't want the elephants to get use to people since they have to be sent into the wild. It costs 300 ksh but their is also a donation box because the center needs a lot of help to feed all those hungry cubs. There is a warden that explains everything there is to know about elephants and also where the orphans were found. Shukuru the most lovely creature, three months old at the time, was rescued by a herdsman when she had fallen into a manhole on the Mzima Mombasa Pipeline.

When you exit, there is a table where you can by all sorts of gadgets and also adopt an elephant with pictures and everything.

Before going there my wife thought this would be a waist of time but when she was done she said this was her best experience in Africa.
The only sad part of our visit, was the fact we did not see any rhinoceros.

See also Our Visit to the Giraffe Center


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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Orphan's Project sign
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Orphan's Project sign
Workers bringing the orphan elephants
Workers bringing the orphan elephants
Workers nursing the cubs
Workers nursing the cubs
Orphan drinking water, Shukuru?? Three months old
Orphan drinking water, Shukuru?? Three months old

The biggest elephants are about three years old
Animals love chewing on branches and leaves
Animals love chewing on branches and leaves
They love sucking on this baby formula
They love sucking on this baby formula
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The elephants like to roll or cover themselves with cool dirt
The elephants like to roll or cover themselves with cool dirt
Elephants show the same kind of affection than humans
Elephants show the same kind of affection than humans
This cub lost its tail fighting with a lion...lucky
This cub lost its tail fighting with a lion...lucky
Cool dirt is thrown on top of them
Cool dirt is thrown on top of them


Drinking water
Drinking water
Eating branches
snack time, Eating branches