My childhood dream came true when I finally went on an African safari in 1996! I can't believe it's been almost 20 years since I was lucky to have met such esteemed wildlife conservationists as Jane Goodall and Daphne Sheldrick and view their work firsthand at their sanctuaries in East Africa.
Near Sweetwater Campsite, we traveled on a small boat to view chimpanzees living in protected areas thanks to Goodall's rescue and rehabilitation work. Healthy and living wild, it was very comforting to see one successful example saving chimps in need.
At our visit to Daphne's orphanage next to Nairobi National Park, we met three abandoned elephant calves only a few months old and surrounded by attentive "keepers" busy caring for them around the clock, sleeping with them in the stables and feeding them the special milk formula Daphne developed to nurse them back to health.
One in particular, Emily, was my favorite, filled with curiosity and wonder as she played with us and eventually entangled her trunk in our hair!