A year ago today a baby elephant, Kainuk, was rescued next to her dead mother on a reserve in Kenya and was brought to the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Nairobi.
We fostered her just a week later when we were visiting the DSWT on the last day of our family safari in Africa. I just checked in on her status and photos on the Orphan’s Project website and Kainuk seems to be thriving. What a difference a year makes!
This is a heartwarming update for my family. DSWT rescues and supports animals who would otherwise die without their intervention. Their Orphan’s Program hand-rears milk dependent baby elephants, rhinos and other species so they can return to the wild once they are grown. Even with their help, some of the animals are just too far gone to make it. You can read the different stories on the website.
Learning about this organization and touring their facility was the perfect way to close a trip where we worked hard to share age-appropriate lessons about conservation to our 8-year-old son Devon. We met the elephant caregivers and of course, all the orphans. Questions were asked and answered. Devon is the one who selected the elephant for our family to foster.
How wonderful it is to have this ongoing touch point with our extraordinary trip to Africa, and the ability to continue to support this fantastic organization. If you are passing through Nairobi, a stop at DSWT is a must.
Even if you have no plans to visit Africa anytime soon, anyone can help save an elephant by donating directly through their website.
Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy