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Meet the men who play “Mom” to orphaned baby elephants — they even tuck them in at night

Meet the men who play “Mom” to orphaned baby elephants — they even tuck them in at night
Source: BrightVibes

Orphaned elephants under the care of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust staff are reintegrated into a fully protected wild area by keepers who behave more like mothers.

DWST runs the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world

Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. At the heart of the DSWT’s conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program.

The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought. Source: Facebook/DodoImpact

The DSWT is dedicated to the protection and conservation of wildlife and habitats in Kenya

To date the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 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 their care. The DSWT is dedicated to the protection and conservation of wildlife and habitats in Kenya. Best known for the rescue and hand-rearing of milk dependent orphaned baby elephants and rhinos, so that they can return to the wild when grown, the DSWT also manages anti-poaching teams, mobile veterinary units and community outreach programs.

Below: images reveal affection between the keepers and their young charges. 

Bottom: watch and listen as a keeper describes a typical day at the trust for the young elephants and the men who take care of them.

Source: SheldrickWildlifeTrust.org

The staff sleep above the babies, maintaining a reassuring presence as a mother elephant would. There is an obvious affection displayed between the men and their young charges.
The staff take on the role of mother for the babies The staff sleep above the babies, maintaining a reassuring presence as a mother elephant would. There is an obvious affection displayed between the men and their young charges. Source: Facebook/thedwst
Source: Facebook/thedswt
Source: Facebook/thedswt
Source: Facebook/thedswt
Watch and listen as a keeper describes a day at the sanctuary From preparing breakfast bottles in the morning, to tucking in the babies' blankets at night, the keepers are clearly devoted to their work. Source: Facebook/thedwst
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You Can Make A Real Difference Through The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Fostering Program

"Please help us help an orphaned elephant
 by fostering one of the orphans
 directly through our website
 as a gift of life" — 
Daphne Sheldrick.