500 pictures of baby elephants
Last weekend I visited the David Sheldrake Wildlife Trust which is located just outside of Nairobi. The organization raises baby elephants that have been orphaned, often due to poaching or hunting, and releases the elephants back into the wild when they are between eight and ten years old.
The process of raising a baby elephant is surprisingly difficult. Baby elephants form intense emotional attachments to their mothers and can die of sadness when separated from their family. Human keepers at the organization act as substitutes for the orphan elephant’s lost family and spend 24 hours a day with the baby elephants, even sleeping alongside them at night. Bonds between a baby elephant and a keeper can be so strong that keepers are rotated between the different elephants each day so that a baby elephant does not become depressed when a specific keeper takes time off work or leaves the organization. Psychological grief is life threatening to a baby elephant.
I have restrained myself from posting all 500 of the pictures that I took of these baby elephants, but here are a few of them.