Our commitment to elephant conservation
Encompass Africa’s conservation objectives and efforts saw us recently adopt our very own orphaned Kenyan elephant named Galla. Galla is now a 2 year old boy. He was found last year wandering around on his own with no sign of family. Thankfully the Kenya Wildlife rangers were able to save him and take him to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
To read about Galla and the rescue, click here. Galla will get our support and love from the team when we visit! Thanks Gen for setting this all up for us last week during your stay. We adore Galla and hope it helps our guests see just how easy it is to contribute to the Africa wildlife conservation efforts.
Thanks to Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E and your passionate, committed team of staff for your outstanding efforts to protect the elephants in Kenya.
So here’s some information on everything in case you’re interested in Kenya’s elephants.
The trust successfully runs an orphan elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation programme. Founded in 1977 by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.R.E in honour of her late Husband David. The Sheldrick family has deep roots in Kenya wildlife conservation. The trust is now run by their daughter Angela along with a dedicated team of carers work 24/7 to ensure the little elephants have constant care
The project was established to rescue orphaned elephants and rhino plus any other young animals whose existence is threatened in the wild. This commitment has grown from the increased threat of poaching for ivory, horn and bush meat. Some 150 Elephants have been successfully reintegrated back into the wild thanks to the efforts of this committed team!
- The family unit is essential for the development of young elephants
- The trust employs loyal Keepers, who make the commitment to be the loving family the elephant will need to survive
- The ‘family’ look after the elephants until they each start to become independent
- The elephants are then slowly introduced into the wild, often with previous orphans who have been successfully integrated into herds acting as their ‘guardians’
- Once the elephant is fully confident to go their own way, they are released into the Tsavo East National Park and monitored to ensure their survival and safety
- These elephants are known to return to the “nursery’ to visit their keepers, show off their own little babies and assist with the new little orphans
So there you have it, a small commitment of US$50 a year is contributing to Galla’s safety and reintroduction into the wild. To find out how you could foster a Kenya elephant and contribute to wildlife conservation click here.