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I’ve always loved the mighty and graceful elephant, but this feeling was most certainly solidified when I first saw the African elephant in the wild of Kenya’s Maasai Mara in 2009.
That was also when I first visited the Sheldrick Wildlife elephant orphanage in Nairobi.
Having returned to this orphanage a few times since then, I’ve seen it grow in tourist popularity. Some feel it to be an exploitative showing, but not I. The money and awareness raised but the dedicated volunteers FAR outweighs any other minor inconveniences.
I patiently waited to see the newest arrivals, those baby elephants that had their mother’s slaughtered in the wild for their tusks, leaving the babies alone to die if it weren’t for people such as the Sheldrick organization.
It is a special treat indeed, as the newest member of the family, Alamaya, comes right over to me. Her trunk playfully and inquisitively feels my body as I touch her skin.
David Sheldrick has passed away, but Kenya born Daphne Sheldrick continues her work today. Support the mighty and graceful elephant, won’t you?