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"Please help us help an orphaned elephant by fostering one of the orphans as a gift of life"
- Daphne Sheldrick
Foster An Orphaned Elephant


For as low as $50 per year you can foster a baby ophaned elephant.

None of this would have been possible without help of many people worldwide, for the rearing an infant elephant is an expensive and long-term commitment during the time it is dependent upon milk.
A tiny newborn elephant is orphaned, often its mother and family gunned down to serve the Ivory trade, its life support gone; any survivors fleeing in terror; its fate now suffering and death in hopeless and lonely isolation it cannot understand.

It's All About the Family

For an elephant, the family is all important; its very existence dependent upon its mother's milk for the first two years of life and a life that should span three score years and ten, equivalent to that of man. In a perfect world that elephant life would be filled with fun and joy through the companionship of friends and a close-knit and loving family, whose love is pure and unconditional all the days of its life.

The Orphanage

This amazing Elephant Nursery is situated in Nairobi under the auspices of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and overseen by Dr. Daphne Sheldrick. Sheldrick’s elephant experience spans a lifetime, and with the cooperation of the Kenya Wildlife Service, for the first time ever, there is hope for any orphaned elephant fortunate enough to be found alive. Every one of these orphans can look forward to a quality of life in wild terms, living free in Tsavo East National Park encompassed by their new extended orphaned family and friends amongst the wild herds in a National Park that offers elephants the space they need - the 8,000 square miles of pristine wilderness that is Tsavo.

Back to the Wild 

The aim of the Orphans’ Project, is to rear the orphaned elephants in such a way that they grow up psychologically sound so that they can eventually return to the wild, where they rightly belong; where they can enjoy a normal wild life amongst the wild elephant community of Tsavo National Park. It took Daphne Sheldrick 28 years of trial and error during the years that her husband was Warden of Kenya's largest and most important elephant Sanctuary, Tsavo East National Park, to perfect the milk formula and complex husbandry necessary to rear the orphaned infant African elephants. Today, with financial help of many caring folk world-wide, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is proud to have saved what amounts to a herd; over 60 orphaned infant calves that would otherwise have perished.




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