|The orphan elephants have a play in the sand.|
Die Elefantenwaisen vergnügen sich im Sand.
|Even the youngsters enjoy their sand bath.|
Sogar die Jüngsten genießen ihr Bad im Sand.
|True friends are even drinking simultaneously.|
Wahre Freunde trinken sogar zeitgleich.
|So tiny, yet curious|
So winzig, und schon sooo neugierig
|With Edwin Lusichi, the great head elephant keeper at the orphanage|
Mit Edwin Lusichi, dem großartigen Chef-Tierpfleger im Elefantenwaisenhaus
|Dame Daphne Sheldrick, the elephant foster mom and one of|
Africa's best-known conservationists
Dame Daphne Sheldrick, die "Mutter der Elefanten" und eine der
bekanntesten Tier- und Naturschützerinnen Afrikas
Back in Nairobi I of course had to visit "my" foster baby, the other orphans and the team of the DSWT. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust DSWT is nestled within Nairobi National Park in the capital city of Kenya. Meanwhile it is the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. Its founder Daphne Sheldrick and her team have so far hand-raised more than 150 infant elephants and effectively reintegrated them into the wild. Unfortunately more and more calves are coming to the nursery due to the current menacing increase in poaching.
By then we stayed in Nairobi quite often, which means I was lucky enough to have been in the orphanage loads of times. But may I tell you: each time it is different when the little ones, headed by their caring keepers, are returning from the bush to their stockades in the late afternoon. Sometimes they are excited and trumpet loudly, next they are rather sad and low, then again frolicking, or curious, playful, cheeky, jealous, or they need an extra portion of love... in a word: elephants and humans are very similar, and BTW not only in their emotions.
A highlight for travellers in Kenya
Hence seeing the orphan elephants at the DSWT is one of the hightlights of a trip in Kenya for most travellers, in order to better understand the current situation of this endangered species, and to help. There is a public visiting hour from 11-12h daily. Upon prior registration