A few weeks ago, my friend Lindsey and I visited the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) Orphanage in Nairobi.
The SWT is best known for its orphan elephant rescue missions in Kenya. 🐘After rescuing these young orphaned elephants from the wild, the Trust takes them through a rehabilitation process; and when they are ready, the elephants are released back into the wild.
Aside from elephants, SWT also rescues rhinos and other wild species. The Trust opens its doors to visitors every day from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (except on Christmas Day). During this time, one of the keepers gives an educational talk about the work the Trust does and also shares information about how visitors can adopt an elephant.
Visitors also get to watch the elephants drinking milk, eating their greens, as well as taking a mud bath or soil dusting - depending on the weather. When Lindsey and I visited, some of the lucky guests even got to stroke the elephants that wandered a bit further away from the pack.
If you'd like to support the work the SWT does, you can adopt an elephant, a rhino, or a giraffe for just $50 a year. Along with the money made through the gift shop - also located in the Trust compound - these donations go towards the mission rescues and taking care of the elephants while they are at the elephant orphanage.
Although the visit to the orphanage lasts for only one hour, I'd say it's well worth it if you're visiting Nairobi - or if you live here and are looking for an entertaining and educative way to spend part of your morning.
The entry fee is only $7/ Ksh.500.
P.S. Here's a short vlog of our visit to the elephant orphanage. Enjoy! 😉😊