Location: Bogan Gate, Magadi Rd., Nairobi, Kenya
Destination: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
On 4th May 2013, the Kenya Diggit! team headed down Magadi Road towards the haven of orphaned and injured Elephants and Rhinos. This was The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. We saw a herd of young African elephants which were being sheltered by the kind humans at the trust.
It was a beautiful site as we arrived when they were being fed and having their ‘sunscreen’ applied. Did you know that the elephants are fed after every three hours? They also roll in mud so as to protect their skin from the strong rays of the African sun. The staff at the trust also help apply sunscreen the young elephants by pouring mud on them.
The staff also explain what each of the orphaned elephants went through before they were brought into the shelter. Most of the young elephants had their parents poached. Poaching is a big problem facing Kenyan wildlife.
For example, Seven rhinos were killed in different conservancies Kenya on the last week of May 2013.
The work being done at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is amazing and we think everyone who sees this should get on board with protecting our wildlife and natural resources. Check out their website and see how you can participate in protecting our elephants and rhinos at sheldrickwildlifetrust.org.