Founded in 1977 the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust plays a significant and vital role in the conservation of Kenya's wildlife. It runs an orphanage at which baby elephants and rhino are reared by trained keepers when they have lost their mothers to poaching or illness. These orphans are rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
Real Africa sponsors Kithaka, an orphan selected by Sara our Marketing Director, when she visited the Trust in 2013. Kithaka appealed because he was the naughtiest of the young elephants. Kithaka is doing really well - we have watched him grow over the past 3 years and he has now moved from the nursery to start his journey back to the wild.
Arruba, a calf we fostered in 2014 has also done well and was moved in December 2015 to join Kithaka in Tsavo.
Our latest calf is Alamaya, who was rescued from the Masai Mara in 2015 having been separated from his herd and then attacked and injured by hyenas. Sara met and fell in love with Alamaya in May 2016.
As well as sponsoring the orphans, Real Africa also encourages its clients to visit the orphage, on the edge of Nairobi National Park, at the end of their safaris.
Robert Ferguson, one of our Directors, was allowed to spend time with the orphaned elephants as they grazed in Nairobi National Park.
"Seeing how small the youngest elephants are brought home how vulnerable these creatures are without the protection of their mothers and family. As they played in the bush, chasing and wrestling with each other, it seemed incredible that people would harm them simply to get the ivory. Trying to help stop this happening is something we feel obliged and proud to do, and we look with admiration at the work that the Sheldrick Foundation does.
At least these young elephants will get the opportunity to return to the wild and hopefully live long and happy lives with their adopted families. Walking with them was one of the most moving experiences I've ever had the pleasure to experience."
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