A sanctuary in Kenya rehabilitates injured and orphaned pachyderms.

Feeding time brings the babies running. The orphans bond together in a family group. Young elephants are fed by their keepers.

Images and text from: Just for Canadian Dentists, April 2020

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ellieskenya3Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a non-profit organization that rescues injured and orphaned animals: elephants, rhinos and the occasional giraffe and rehabilitates them for returning to the wild.

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The orphaned elephants range in age from a few months to about three-all rescues from various regions of Kenya. The circumstances of their rescue have usually been dire.

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Some rescued babies have suffered gunshot wounds. Others were orphaned when their mothers were slain by poachers, who hacked off their tusks for sale to the Asian Ivory market. Some mothers were killed for bushmeat leaving the offsprings orphaned.

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Caregivers sleep with the young charges at night in the stables. Most of the rescued babies survive the traumas that left them orphaned and will start to be rehabilitated into Tsavo National Park in southeastern Kenya when they are about four.Raising baby elephants is not easy: they have complex emotional as well as dietary needs. It took a decade to perfect a milk formula that today is fed to the babies until they become more independent. At the Nairobi nursery they are fed every three hours, imbibing 24 litres a day.

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Thank you Inda for sharing this information and the pictures.

Best known for our work to protect elephants, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) operates the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. But we do much more than this.



We embrace all measures that complement the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife including anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness and providing veterinary assistance to animals in need.

https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/

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