& David Sheldrick's Elephant Animal Orphanage
Magadi Road-Nairobi, Kenya
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage situated on the outskirts
of Nairobi (approximately 45 minutes drive). David Sheldrick
Wildlife Trust is located on a plot within the Nairobi
National Park and the Sanctuary cares for orphaned baby
Elephants, tame black and white rhino calves and adults)
Sheldrick's Elephant Animal Orphanage (Tour
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Sheldrick Animal Orphanage, located in a secluded
area of the Nairobi National Park, where orphaned baby
elephants amongst other animals are taken care of by
a dedicated team of conservationists.
orphanage is run by Daphne Sheldrick, the wife of the
late famous Naturalist, David William Sheldrick who
was the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park in
Kenya from its inception in 1948 to 1976.
1100 Hours, the baby animals are brought from the National
Park for a mud-bath at the orphanage, where for an hour
you can get close to them and sometimes touch them.
may not feed the animals but will get a chance to view
the handlers feeding them. The Private Session
strictly between 1500 Hours to 1600 Hours each
day allows you to see the animals in private and you
will be able to interact with them. This requires advance
booking through African Spice Safaris.
Baby Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi National Park drive
takes approximately 45 Minutes and is open one for only
an hour daily for the public. You can visit between
1100 Hours and 1200 Hours every day and see the elephants
being fed and playing.
addition, there is a keeper who will give a talk about
the elephants, where they came from, how they are getting
on, and how some of the previous orphans are progressing.
You can get really close to the elephants. The orphanage
also takes in rhinos and so if you are lucky you will
get the chance to see a young rhino.
of a Fully Milk Dependent *Infant* Elephant
Elephant orphans at David Sheldrick Wildlife
Two Year Old Baby Female Orphaned By Poachers
Baby Elephant Orphanage
& Non-Residents Public Viewing Session
Hours to 1200 Hours) Daily Departures
Price Per Person
& Non-Residents Private Viewing Session
Hours to 1600 Hours) Advance booking required
Price Per Person
for a Quote
Private viewing sessions is also available from 1500
Hours to 1600 Hours. (Private return transport from
the city centre included). Kindly email us for a quote
Sheldrick Animal Orphanage
Tour Price Includes
Price per person
All Park Entry Fees, Service Charge and Taxes
Pickup from your hotel in Nairobi and drop-off to your
Professional English speaking African Spice Safaris
* Visit Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage at Nairobi
Sheldrick Animal Orphanage
Tour Price Excludes
Personal expenses such as drinks
to your Safari Driver Guide
Optional activities the stipulated itinerary
Meals, sightseeing not included in the package
Communication charges, visas, international airfares
and airport taxes
to/from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost
applies for tours starting from the airport)
Status & How the Trust Operates
Sheldrick's Elephant Animal Orphanage;
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is
a small, flexible charity, established in 1977 to honor
to memory of a famous Naturalist, David Leslie William
Sheldrick MBE, the founder Warden of Tsavo East National
Park in Kenya, where he served from its inception in
1948 until his transfer to Nairobi in 1976 to head the
Planning Unit of the newly created Wildlife Conservation
& Management Department.
David died 6 months
later but his legacy of excellence and the systems he
installed for the management of Tsavo and wildlife generally
in Kenya, particularly in the sphere of wildlife husbandry
and ethics, lives on.
its inception, the Trust has remained true to his principles
and ideals, its modus of operation overseen by 6 competent
and well versed Trustees assisted by an Advisory Committee
of practical Naturalists with a lifetime experience
of wildlife, local environmental conditions and the
history of conservation in this country.
2004 the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust attained US
Charitable status enhancing its corporate funding capability
under the guidance of the U.S. based Friends of the
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, all whom work on a voluntary
9th June 2004 it was incorporated as a Charitable Company
Limited by Guarantee in the U.K. and granted charitable
status by the Charities Commission, its Charity No.
1103836. A Company Limited by Guarantee retains the
overall jurisdiction of the Trust’s existing Trustees
over the disbursement of funds generated in the U.K.
first young elephant orphans of Tsavo were “ Samson”,
a two year old baby bull orphaned during drought conditions
in 1952 and “Fatuma”, a two year old baby
female orphaned by poachers soon afterwards during the
followed many others over the subsequent early years
of David Sheldrick’s 30 years as Warden of Tsavo
East National Park, but always only those orphaned either,
just below, or at two years old and over, survived.
hand-rearing of a fully milk dependent infant elephant
(i.e. under two years of age) was something that eluded
the Sheldrick’s for 28 years for an infant elephant
is milk dependent for at least the first two years of
life, and those that survive in a wild situation without
access to milk between the age of 2 and 3, are few.
has been established by the scientific monitoring of
the Amboseli population for the past 30 years.
composition of the fat content of elephants’ milk
is very different from that of cows’ milk, added
to which evidence suggests the actual protein and fat
composition of elephants’ milk varies during different
stages of lactation to cater for the growing needs of
means that two years is a very long time to be reliant
on an artificial substance that is not identical to
/ mother’s milk, / especially in view of the fact
that Nature has made infant African elephants exceedingly
fragile; they can be fine one day and dead the next
and one can never be sure that a calf will survive until
it is past its second birthday.
hand-rearing of orphaned elephants is an emotional roller-coaster
for those involved, for tragedy stalks success and can
strike unexpectedly at any moment.
the elephant orphans raised by the Trust are gradually
rehabilitated back into the wild elephant community
of Tsavo National Park when grown, a transition that
is made at their own pace and in their own time, but
usually taking approximately eight to ten years.
number of our ex Nursery orphans have now had wild born
young which they have brought back to show their erstwhile
human family, and others are now pregnant and living
free, yet keeping in touch with those who are still
Keeper dependent. Amongst these are many orphaned too
young to have any recollection of their elephant mother
Rhino at the Daphne
Sheldrick Wildlife Park
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Sheldrick's Elephant Animal Orphanage,
Nairobi - Kenya
Office Tel: + 254 (0) 20 2437871
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