Chilly morning this is; But how about I share a post on my favorite African pride to warm you up! 😉
Over the holidays, I was itching to visit the orphans at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust on Magadi road, Nairobi. In the past, had always made plans to pay them a visit but life happened and I never got the time nor the company to accompany me. So during the festive season, my good friend Loretta and I visited the orphans and I must say, our time was well spent.
Although we arrived slightly late, we found a fleet of cars parked on the drive way and I couldn’t believe that these beauties had so many fans. We quickly parked our cars, paid the Ksh. 500 entrance fee then rushed to see the elephants.
The elephants were enjoying a mud bath that was prepared for them by their keepers. The mud protects their skin from the harsh sun which can actually be harmful to the calves because their skin tend to be very sensitive to the sun and they can literally get sunburns. So in their case, the mud acts like a sunscreen cream. Interesting right!
Afterwards, they were given milk which went down in less than a minute. The milk has a lot of nutrients and it helps in the growth of the orphans. The keepers know how to feed them and over time, they form a bond with the calves who in turn place their trunks on the keepers neck or armpit. This shows that they feel relaxed and safe, same way they would behave with their real mothers.
The keepers spend their enter day with these calves, taking them for walks; feeding them and they also sleep with infants to make sure that they are comfortable, safe and well covered with a blanket to keep them warm throughout the night. The dedication that these men have is so admirable. God bless the work of their hands. I salute you…
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has a fostering program which allows an individual/s to foster an elephant/s and they in turn get daily update of the elephants. The sponsors are allowed to visit the elephants; walk with them; feed them and put them to sleep. How cool is that.
It is important that we support these elephants the best way we can. You can choose to be a sponsor or better yet, you can make an effort to visit them more often. The entrance fee that we pay, goes into their care and upbringing.
We need to fight for these elephants by saying no to poaching. They deserve to be raised in a family in the wild where they belong. We should choose to help conserve our forests and wildlife so that we can sustain the existence of these species.
To the keepers: We are humbled by your dedication to these elephants.
To David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: We applaud you for taking up this initiative and being the voice for the elephants. Thanks to you, may have been rescued and given a chance to life. Thank you.
For more information in regards to the elephants and how you can become a foster, kindly visit https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/