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Meet Olorien and Bondeni! 

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was founded in 1977 and is a wildlife orphanage in Kenya made to "protect Africa’s wildlife and to preserve habitats for the future of all wild species."

They work across Kenya with mainly elephant orphans to help raise them and ultimately to enjoy the wildlife habitat when they have grown. They run ani-poaching teams, safe guarding and  mobile veterinary units. 

You can read more about them here

This holiday we were able to help in adoptions for two beautiful elephants. n early June 2020, Olorien(now 20 months) was reported as an alone calf. They waited to see if she would absorb back into a herd however several days passed and while a number of herds came and went, she was left behind. She had been without her mom and milk for at least 5 days but immediately took her bottle of milk upon arrival at the Nursery. Once introduced to the others everyone took a keen interest in Olorien. She is known to have such a sweet expressive face, she’s independent and self-sufficient. She is named Olorien after the area of where she was found. In the Maa language, Olorien means “place of the olive trees”.
On the morning of February 4th 2019, Bondeni (now 23 months old) wandered into a village as an abandoned calf. They believe the herd was disturbed as they ventured onto community lands, and in the chaos, he was left behind. He must have traveled far as his feet were covered in lacerations from the lava fields that just out of the land surrounding the Chyulus. Bondeni embraced his new family at Kaluku without hesitation and joined two slightly older females making a trio. He blossomed into a very playful boy taking 2-3 mud baths a days. As of recently as Bondeni gets older he has been moved to the Nairobi Nursery. There he can benefit from the company of the other orphans, forming special friendships that will carry them throughout their life, as they slowly make their way back to the wild over the coming years.

Source: Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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