An Orphanage In Kenya Rescues Hundreds Of Baby Elephants. These Photos Say It All

August 12, 2014

An orphanage in Kenya run by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has rescued over 100 baby elephants who lost their mothers to poachers. And it's all play and no work for these orphans.

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Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Eventually, the elephants will be released back into the wild and will live in the protected Tsavo National Park. Until then, babies spend their days with human carers and elephant friends while indulging in plenty of games.

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Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

These two are exhausted after a fun day in the mud pool.

baby elephant rescue
Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Ashaka, Kamok, Kauro and Mbegu are taken out into the bush in Nairobi National Park for a day of play with their human surrogate parents.

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Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Baby Ashaka is given a lesson on how to use her trunk.

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Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Soccer is one of their favorite games.

baby elephant rescue
Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

baby elephant rescue
Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Ashaka and Kamok cuddle up in the sand.

baby elephant rescue
Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

A cuddle with my dad! One of the youngest elephants at the orphanage snuggles up to his keeper. The smallest orphans often seek comfort this way.

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Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Baby Mbegu (left) stands with her friend Kauro. She was rescued from a horde of angry villagers by a group of rangers who protected her.

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Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Older orphans at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Ithumba orphanage get a lesson on how to live life in the wild.

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Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Naipoki and Mutara indulge in a spot of heavyweight wrestling.

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Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Rorogoi takes care of an itch with the help of a conveniently placed tree.

baby elephant rescue
Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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