In Nairobi we visited the orphan elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust centre at Nairobi National Park, which is run by his wife, Dame Daphne. If you have seen any of the BBC Elephant Diaries or the I-Max film Born to be Wild, you will know that she is a formidable lady. We have sponsored two elephants for a few years, so we were allowed to go along at bed time when the babies were being fed and put into their stables. Some of their stories are harrowing, but the care and attention from the keepers is incredible. Our elephants, Sabachi and Kilguni, have moved on to Ithumba at Tsavo, but we spoke to one of the senior keepers, Edwin, who was able to tell us about their exploits.
There is also a black rhino called Maxwell at the orphanage who has been blind since birth and can’t return to the wild. The keepers at the Sheldrick orphanage will care for him for the rest of his life.