Elephant Refuge

Elephant Refuge Daphne Sheldrick and the sanctuary keepers have been acting as an adoptive family to orphaned baby elephants for over 30 years, loving them and preparing the elephants for life back in the wild.
"Just like human babies, they want to be close to you, to be touched, to be comforted", Abdul Kashi, a keeper at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust says. And little wonder, as these gentle growing giants escape from the constant threat of poaching and drought. A lifetime's work by David Sheldrick's widow has ensured that the baby elephants have somewhere to grow strong. But while there are happy endings - one adult elephant enters the wild again - there are also deep underlying problems. Everyone at the Trust is worried about the decline in biodiversity in eastern Africa. "What you can see in the nursery is a microcosm of what is going on in the bush", explains Daphne. And the drought has ensured that their intake of orphaned elephants has doubled in the past year alone.

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