Tea for Elephants Campaign
1 September 2017
If everyone reading this bought a tea caddy we could save three orphaned elephants…
The amazing work The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust needs to constantly be supported to keep elephants wandering in the wild. We are campaigning to raise £4,800 for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to support their Orphans’ Project and the rescue of baby elephants in need of a second chance.
These orphans are rescued from the perils of poaching, human – wildlife conflict, deforestation and drought that separate them from their families and herds in modern Africa. Often in complicated and dangerous circumstances the brave rangers and vets seek to save orphaned elephants transporting them to the safety of the nursery in Nairobi. After being bought to the nursery, the baby elephants are often traumatised and need around the clock care and nurturing from the keepers of the nursery to rehabilitate them. They are then integrated into the family of the other orphan infant elephants and under daily supervision to grow to their teenage maturity. The infant elephants require attention, affection, feeding of milk as well as communication with their own kind and playfulness. Elephants are sensitive and thoughtful and thrive within a herd, but as children they need mothering and protection.
To date the programme has successfully hand-raised over 200 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo, claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in our care.
You can read more about our relationship with The David Sheldrick Trust and why we choose to support them here. It is a project that is deeply close to our hearts and you can support our campaign by giving an elephant caddy a new home today.