Thousands of elephants are killed each year for their tusks. Their magnificent ivories are cut off and sold on the black market. This terrible work leaves various baby elephants without a mother.
Many elephant poachers are never caught since they are active n the evening and are very difficult to track. One woman was heartbroken by what was done to these fantastic creatures. She decided to solve her own problem.
Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick has been nurturing orphan baby elephants since 1977. These baby elephants have suffered severe emotional and physical trauma, mostly due to the devastating trade in ivory and their mother’s loss.
Dr. Sheldrick founded the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in honor of her husband. After years of taking care of wildlife together, he passed away. She wanted to maintain his legacy.
In Dr. Sheldrick’s Elephant Rehabilitation Center, babies have lots of space to run around and play. Each elephant also has a manager, so they receive a lot of attention and love.
Dr. Sheldrick has even developed a formula that almost mimics a mother’s milk’s quality and taste. These baby elephants must get the nutrients they need to grow to their enormous size.
Dr. Sheldrick’s primary goal is to help babies recover and develop so they can return to the wild and regenerate wild herds that poachers have depleted.
Dr. Sheldrick not only received and restored many orphan elephants, but she also started raising rhinos. Their population is decreasing in the wild for the same dire reasons. Dr. Sheldrick wants to do everything in her power to stop the ivory trade and help these unfortunate animals.
When the creatures are large enough and strong enough, they are taken to a resettlement center in Tsavo National Park before finally being returned to the wild. It is a passion and joy for Dr. Sheldrick to see them return to their natural habitat.
Elephants love and respect Dr. Sheldrick for all that she does. She said they were like humans, “just better.”
“They are not damaged. The elephant’s family consciousness is as strong as we do. Their memory is excellent, their detailed thoughts and reasoning are on par with that of humans. Elephants are much larger than humans and enduring loyalty and friendship.”
Learn more about Dr. Sheldrick’s incredible work with these beautiful animals in the video below: