Elephant Orphanage

Bottle Fed Elephant

NAIROBI, KENYA—If you are in Nairobi for a visit, even if you go on a safari, it is worth it to visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. It costs KES 500 (about $7) and the elephants are really cute! Two years old and already 400 pounds.

The keepers sorta become the mothers of the elephants and must sleep in the same room as the elephants every night. One keeper said that in the mornings if he doesn’t wake up at the right time (according to the elephant), the elephant will moisten the trunk and poke the keepers face. If that doesnt work, the elephant might grab the keepers blanket and rip it off the bed.

Elephants fighting for a stick

The elephants are very playful. They kick a soccer ball around, fight over sticks and throw dust on their backs. I wish I could bring one home.

If you want to visit them, you can visit at 11am any day of the week. The orphanage is off Magadi Rd.

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