Kenya: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

If you know anything about me, you know I love animals. I don’t discriminate – I love literally all of them. So of course, traveling around Kenya was a total dream come true because I got to see so many furry, ferocious, and majestic animals of all species. Because I can’t possibly cover our whole trip in one post, I’ve decided to focus on one very special experience for this first one: Our day visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

If you don’t already know, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust primarily focuses on rescuing (and eventually reintegrating back into the wild) orphaned elephants who are too young to live on their own and would otherwise starve and/or die. They have a special team that goes out to find and rescue orphaned babies and intervene in human-wildlife conflict (yep, poachers). You can read more about the history and their mission here.

What I really wanted to share were these incredible photos of baby elephants!

If you feel compelled to help, you can make an annual donation through their website by ‘adopting’ an orphan. You’ll get a monthly newsletter with updates about your chosen elephant, as well as the whole herd. They’re also very active on Instagram @sheldricktrust if you can’t make a monetary donation, follow the orphans’ journey! They go ‘live’ every week or so during the orphans’ milk time and bedtime (which is incredibly cute).

We ended up ‘adopting’ these two girls, but of course we fell in love with the whole herd!

If you find yourself in Nairobi, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a must-visit!

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