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David Sheldrick Elephant orphanage was founded in the year 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, in honor of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park. At the David Sheldrick Elephant orphanage is the conservation activity, rescue and rehabilitation of the orphan baby elephants and rhino which has achieved world-wide acclaim The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.
Daphne Sheldrick's Animal Orphanage, can be only be visited for an hour every day between 11am to 12 pm. During this one hour visit, the baby elephants are brought out to play and are feed, The visitors can watch them from behind a rope. Wardens are on hand to explain the work of the orphanage and to answer any questions raised by the visitors. To date the David Sheldrick has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans elephants back into the wild herds of Tsavo west and East.