In an early scene from the groundbreaking documentary "Gardeners of Eden," a newly rescued infant elephant thrashes in fear and confusion in a stable outside Nairobi, Kenya. He cries out, terrified, in the night.
Recently orphaned, most likely by poachers who slaughtered his mother for her tusks, the grief-stricken little elephant had no idea where he was and what had happened to him.
But at least the frightened young fellow was in the best place he could be right then, given the tragic circumstances. He was under the care of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a field organization that works to protect and rehabilitate the youngest victims of the poaching crisis. If anyone could save this injured, terrified calf, they could.
However, this is a difficult time for elephants - especially for young, milk-dependent orphans. Although the Trust is the world's most widely successful rescue and rehabilitation organization, even they can't save everyone. Some orphans are too injured or traumatized when they arrive at the sanctuary to survive the transition, unfortunately.