We had quite a full day in Nairobi before we left for Amboseli. This included a visit to AWF headquarters where we had a couple of lively discussions concerning conservation and poaching. Then it was off to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for the public feeding to see the elephant orphans. We also visited Karen Blixen’s home, the Giraffe Center, and another visit to DSWT for a couple of us to see the orphans come in for the night.
Here’s a ‘few’ photos of the first group of orphans, the younger smaller ones, hurrying in to grab a bottle or two.
This is Kamok, one of my ‘fosters’. She is now about 14 months but was just days old when rescued. She was being very naughy here, and was trying to step on my feet.
Mud bathing is essential… to protect their skin and because it’s just so much fun!
The littlest elephants are always so enchanting. You always see many hands reaching for the elephants which is fine. They know that if they don’t want to interact with people they just stay away from the ropes.
How’s this for a super annoying camera???? I saw a couple of these out in the bush as well making it difficult to take any photos without that ‘thing’ in the way.
A bunch more photos of baby elephants enjoying life!
They are so full of life it’s hard to limit the number of photos I’m including.
Here the younger orphans are returning to the bush with their keepers and the older ones will be coming next. And, a few of the younger visitors are leaving too.
They are separated because the enormous size difference between the littlest and the biggest of the orphans here.
A selfie with an elephant…. what next????
This is one view of the stockades were the elephants and other assorted animals live.
Next is the second trip to DWST when the orphans return for the evening. Here they come!!
Oops, a couple a little late to the party!
While waiting for the next group, I looked in on Maxwell, the blind black rhino.
And more on their way in…
This little one seemed to know it had been left behind and decided to take a little detour but was quickly rounded up.
And still more….
By the time we walked back to the stockades most of the littlest ones were almost or totally asleep.
While the youngest have a keeper who sleeps with them, the older orphans are in more open pens and seem to settle down on their own.
I spent quite a while with this calf. He stuck his trunk through and spent considerable time checking me out. He allowed me to hold his trunk and I could feel the warm air blowing on my face. Blissful is the only way I can describe it.
There are always several other animals that have been rescued and they are also raised to be returned to the wild. I remember when these two ostrich chicks were rescued. So when these two heads popped up, as tall as I am, I was shocked. Look at those beautiful baby blues!
The warthogs are not rescued but hanging out in the stockades is a relatively safe place to sleep considering what is out there in the night!
The next set of photos is of the Rothschild’s giraffe. They are highly endangered and only live wild in a couple of places in Africa. This is called simply The Giraffe Center. You can climb up on this visiting platform and feed the giraffe.
You can even get a ‘kiss’ from a giraffe. What amazing lips they have!
Their tongues are amazing… they are like prehensile tails… they can wrap them around anything. You can see why they can eat around the spines of the acacia.
These two little kids have been frequent visitors to the Giraffe Center as you can see from these photos. They are quite comfortable around the giraffe. Future conservationists I hope~!
That about does it. Next post will be Amboseli.