This elephant orphanage on the northern edge of Nairobi National Park is home to more than twenty baby elephants, all victims of poaching or abuse at the hands of humans. They live in the orphanage between three and 10 years until they are returned to Tsavo National Park. Over 135 elephants and 17 rhinos have been saved by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, originally founded by the conservationist David Sheldrick and carried on by his wife Daphne.
The nursery is only open to the public for one hour a day from 11 a.m. until noon.
Right at the stroke of 11, the orphanage caretakers wearing bright green coats and khaki sun hats lead a procession of babies to the watering hole. The wrinkly brown creatures hesitate for a minute before tapping one foot into the water and then a trunk before fully taking the plunge.
It's hard not to feel wonderful about the universe while watching a scrum of baby elephants roll around in the mud.