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Monday, July 4, 2016

Meet the Woman Who Has Taken it Upon Herself to Raise the Elephant Orphans

The ivory trade has been running rampant for decades now, and these poor gentle giants suffer immensely at the hands of it. Hundreds, if not thousands, of elephants are killed every year for their tusks to be sawed off and sold on the black market.

This can leave many baby elephants without the mothers they need to take care of them, and they end up dying as well. It can be difficult to track down these poachers and see that they’re brought to justice, but one woman is taking the task into her own hands to ensure that these creatures are no longer mistreated and murdered for their tusks.

Since 1977, Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick has taken it upon herself to raise the elephant orphans who have suffered both physical and emotional injuries from the loss of their mothers.

They’re provided with enough space to roam, and each have their own handler to care for them throughout the day to ensure that all of their needs are met.

Her years of study have helped her to develop a formula that is similar to an elephant mother’s milk, making it easier for these babies to develop as they should to be big and strong.

Daphne’s main goal is to help these creatures recover so that they can be returned to the wild and help to repopulate the wild herds that have been diminishing in numbers.

Daphne is so passionate about the ending of the ivory trade that her open arms have been extended to rhinos as well, whose numbers are dwindling into the verge of extinction. Watch the video below.


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