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jeannejak

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Review for Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA, Laguna Hills, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

5 years ago I learned about the David Sheldrick wildlife Trust. ( now renamed the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust SWT) Having always loved elephants I adopted a orphan named Ndotto and followed him and the orphanage on Facebook posts. I learned so much about elephants, poaching and Kenya in general. While I have lived all over the world I had never been to Africa. Then I saw an ad for a safari that included a visit to the orphanage. I decided to go and my son wanted to come too. We made our reservations for Dec 2015 and I was so excited. Sadly, I was diagnosed with cancer and we had to cancel for radiation treatment, but in late Jan. We arrived in Nairobi. I just couldnt believe I got to actually pat Ndotto and get a trunk hug. It was the best day of my 73 years. What an amazing organization and how it has grown to do so much to save not only elephants but so many iconic African animals. I cannot imagine another charity that gives it donors such up close pictures of their adoptees as well as other wonderful videos.
Amazingly, last winter I returned to my beloved Kenya and her elephants. I had a private visit with another of my adoptees in the nursery. This one, Satteo, whom I gifted to my great niece who now loves elephants too. I visited all the reintegration units seeing Ndotto in Voi and Esampu in Ithumba. It was unbelievable. SWT rules.

Role:  Donor