In Kenya, there is an awesome orphanage for baby elephants, of which you’re about to see some amazing pictures! Elephants are the largest land animals living today, with male African elephants reaching maximal heights of up to 13 feet (4 meters) and weighing in at staggering weights of up to 15,000 lbs (7,000 kg)! Elephants are intelligent, beautiful and very social creatures. These giant mammals communicate via touch, sight, smell and sound. They even use seismic communication over long distances!

While elephants should, on average, be able to live up to 70 years in the wild, poachers killing them for their ivory tusks often end their lives long before they even get close to 70 years old. They also kill the baby elephants without remorse. The African elephant is considered a vulnerable species and the Asian elephant is already endangered.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is helping with this with its elephant orphanage in Kenya. Rescued from poachers, rough villages that mistreat elephants, and other places not suitable (and often deadly) for baby elephants, this orphanage provides a safe place for them to grow into adult elephants ready to be released into the wild. They have rescued a total of over 100 baby elephants!

While releasing them into random parts of the wild would be risky at best, the orphanage releases the elephants into the protected Tsavo National Park instead, whenever they are ready. Until then, they get to play, enjoy their lives and learn how to survive in the wild!
They are able to play with each other in mud pools and also with their surrogate human parents that help prepare them for life in the wild. These lucky keepers get to cuddle with baby elephants and watch them play soccer or wrestle each other.

A truly amazing and uplifting story about a bosslike elephant orphanage in Kenya!