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Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

The elephant and rhino orphanage in Nairobi Kenya was founded in 1977 by Dr Daphne Sheldrick in memory of her late husband David Sheldrick who was a world famous naturalist.

They are the most successful elephant orphanage in the world. To learn more about the orphanage you can click this link. In addition to rescuing elephants they also rescue rhinos.

Most of the babies arrive due to their mother either being killed or dying and some arrive injured. They are kept at the facility until the team feels they are ready to join a herd.

The babies are brought out from 11 to 12 and this is the only time to see them. If you plan to visit, get there early to get a good spot, it gets very crowded.

Mark recently fostered a baby named Kiombo as a birthday present for me. He is 2 years old and arrived because his mother died of natural causes.

Here is a pic I captured of Kiombo during our visit.

We also captured some cute pics of some of the other babies.

3 Responses to “Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage”

  1. Tom Jones

    Kiombo is adorable! As a sponsor did you get to meet him up close?

    • Mark Kingsdorf

      As an orphanage​​ they do thei​​r best to protect the elephants. They actually only open for one hour – from 11-12 when they bring out the elephants for feeding. They ​do have an evening time when sponsors / “foster parents” can meet them up close but we were not able to get there at the scheduled time.


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