This month, we are excited to share with you an update from our #MilkMatters project in support of The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. This project focuses on helping to provide orphan elephants in Kenya with lots of TLC and the vital formula milk that they depend on for survival, as they are being hand-reared by the Sheldrick team.
All of the orphans that arrive at The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Nursery are nurtured from day one and given the opportunity to build their confidence and independence as they grow up with other elephants. Once they are bigger and stronger, they are able to graduate from the Nursery to one of the Trust’s three Reintegration Units in the Tsavo Conservation Area.
THE NEXT STAGE OF CARE
These Reintegration Units allow the orphans to spend time with and learn from older elephants, including wild elephants. The young orphans pictured here are Sana Sana, Ndiwa and Malkia, all of them are currently settling in to the next stage of their care at the Ithumba Reintegration Unit where they will still be dependent on their Keepers and the formula milk for several more years, but now have the opportunity to experience a more independent life in the beautiful African wilderness. Here in Ithumba, these young elephants are able to gain crucial survival and social skills that they will need before successfully reintegrating into the wild elephant community. They have made such progress since their arrival and it is heart-warming to know that their futures are brighter thanks to the unparalleled work of The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
It is wonderful to be able to see each of the elephants grow in confidence whilst in the care of The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and an honour for Love Brand to contribute to the milk that they need in order to grow.
Your support means everything, and it is through your continued support that we are able to fund projects such as this. We cannot thank you enough.
ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF THE SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST