The Daphne sheldrick Elephant orphanage is located about 45 minutes drive from the city of Nairobi of Langata Road just outside the Nairobi National Park. It offers the visitors an opportunity to mingle at close range with rescued baby elephants who lost their parents to poaching, death, injuries or getting lost and separated from their parents. They are raised to be released back to the wild when they are capable enough to survive the jungle life.
For over 25 years Kenya-born Daphne Sheldrick lived and worked alongside her husband David, during which time they raised and successfully rehabilitated many wild species. Daphne Sheldrick’s involvement with wildlife has spanned a lifetime, and she is now a recognized International authority on the rearing of wild creatures and is the first person to have perfected the milk formula and necessary husbandry for infant milk-dependent Elephants and Rhinos.
Since the death of her husband, Daphne and her family have lived and worked in the Nairobi National Park, where they have built the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and its pioneering Orphans Project, into the global force for wildlife conservation that is today.