I came across the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust on perhaps my favorite travel app, CNNGo. I was looking for places to visit on my recent trip to Kenya. The article "10 things you probably didn't know you can do in Kenya" has some great suggestions, but this one particularly caught me. The trust specilaizes in rescuing young elephants that have been affected by poaching.
Below: Visitors gathering to watch the young elephants feed and interact with eachother
The elephant orphange, run by the Sheldrick Wildlife trust, is a must visit when in Nairobi. It's just a short 25 minute drive from the city. While there you can get up close with these young elephants, watching them feed and interact as they are rehabbed to the point that they can be released back into the wild.
The best part about the entire experiance is the opportunity the trust offers to support these young elephants. With a $50 USD donation per year, you're able to choose an elephant to adopt. The orphanage then sends you monthly updates and pictures on your elephant keeping you informed of their journey back to the wild. You're also able to arrange sessions to meet the actual elephant you've adopted. It was truly an inspiring visit and a fantastic way to help support Africa's wildlife.
For more information, please visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust online
Below: This is the elephant I chose to adopt after spending time at the orphanage. I went with Orwa because of his love of football (you can't be calling it soccer in Kenya).