Elephant Nursery In Kenya

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Le sigh, how adorable are those baby elephants? This morning I read an emotional article about the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which is a small but incredibly successful orphan-elephant rescue nursery in Kenya. They help those little buddies get well and strong before they let them back into the wild. The cutie in the raincoat is called baby Shukura and that raincoat was made especially for him to keep him dry, warm and healthy. Also, one of the carriers said this: "The more you're with them, the more you satisfy yourself. You just love them." Melts my heart. Aren't they sweet? xo

P.S: This story totally reminds me of those best pals from Havelock!
P.P.S: Also, the people who walk with reindeers.

(Photos by Michael Nichols for National Geographic)

31 comments:

Elizabeth Benfield said...

daw! this is so sweet. ill be reading that article. thanks for sharing!

HiLLjO said...

SO cute! Shawn and I read a gammut of articles and this will be included! I love the happy expressions from elephants and handlers alike. LOVE!

Michelle said...

This is the cutest thing I've ever seen!

Natasha Fatah said...

I love these photographs so much! I went to a elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka, and we spent the afternoon washing the beautiful animals, feeding them, and watching hundreds of them bathe in the rivers. It was so magical.

xoxo
www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

Eliza Jane said...

Sigh. This just made my morning. I love elephants. xx

Diana Mieczan said...

You are very welcome, Elizabeth!

Diana Mieczan said...

That sounds awesome, Natasha. It had to be an incredible experience. How fantastic!!!

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww..I am so happy about that, Eliza:)

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

I adore Elephants. This is a great establishment, I heard that there are 100 elephants killed a day for the ivory. It is just awlful.

Karena said...

Diana how wonderful and heartwarming!!

Do come and enter my Valentines Giveaway!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Punctuation Mark said...

When my sister lived there she went there many times... such a beautiful thing to do!

Emily said...

I saw a movie on this and it was amazing!! such a precious story

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i know ALL about it - i'm an adopted mother of a lil girl Melia! - my dream is to one day meet her in person!

Roselie said...

They are adorable! I respect those people so much, they rescue those poor souls and they help them!

Patricia Villamil said...

This is so wonderful! Elephants are social creatures and they need a close knit family circle to survive, I'm so happy these places exist in Africa!

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww..Erika, your comment melts my heart! And Roselie, so well said:)

Diana Mieczan said...

That is so sad, Bella, isn't it? And Punctuation Mark, how wonderful that your sister knows this place.

punkychewster said...

I just watched an IMAX movie titled Born to Be Wild, narrated by Morgan Freeman. And it focused on these refuges for elephants in Kenya and orangutans in Borneo. Amazing film, and even more amazing creatures of Mother Nature.

Thanks for sharing!

Chui
http://elephantislove.blogspot.com

Alena: Oh, Its Just Perfect! said...

Visiting this place would be a dream come true!! I love all things elephant.

Diana Mieczan said...

Chui, I can't wait to check out that movie now. Sounds so interesting. Thanks so much!

Moon Child said...

What an amazing place of kindness towards these incredible animals, I visited an elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka as a child. To feed a baby elephant with a giant bottle of milk is totally on another level of inter species love!

Loren said...

I went to this very orphanage while I was in Kenya. I was such an amazing place. Those little baby elephants come running from down the hill to come get fed and they make all kinds of noises when they drink. Some of the babies will come up to people and play, which can be rough. I had one grab my hand with its trunk as if he was holding it - It was precious. Its only open for one hour per day and the elephants are only exposed to park visitors for a half hour. They want as little human interaction as possible bc they eventually want to release them back into the wild. All of their stories are heartbreaking, but they are well taken care of. Some mothers who had been there as a baby and were either sick or had babies that were sick or hungry treked all the back to the orphanage bc they knew they would be well taken care of. A true testament to the fact that an elephant never forgets.

Diana Mieczan said...

Loren, how incredible!!! Your comment made my day and now I truly want to visit this place:) Thanks so much for all the info. You are fantastic. xo

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