In the cold mornings in Nairobi National Park and without their mother and protective herd by their side, these young orphaned elephants are vulnerable to nature's elements. These multi-colored coats are their secret weapon for survival.
At their young age, the elephants need full time protection, not just from poachers and predators, but from the wind, rain, cold and hot sun during the heat of the day. This is exactly what the blankets provide. Highly susceptible to pneumonia, without the protection of their fluffy blankets, the cold could claim the lives of many orphaned elephants.