Elephant Orphanage in Kenya, Reteti

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elephant sanctuary kenyaI have certainly blogged before about my love of being with wildlife.  Our extended family certainly needs our help. That is why I’m taking people on wildlife trips.  I am hoping we can spread the word and hopefully create an understanding of how dire it is out there.

This is a beautiful article about a sanctuary in Kenya.  Many of us have heard about the Sheldrick Trust and know of the great work they are doing.  Here is another gem in Kenya:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/05/reteti-orphan-elephants-vitale/

I think what I love most about this is it is huge transformation in the community among the humans. 

 “What’s happening here at Reteti, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way Samburus relate to wild animals they have long feared. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants.”

Also, I love the transformation for the ecosystem.  The other animals. The understanding of purpose.

“The loss of elephants has a ripple effect on other animals. Elephants are ecosystem “engineers” who feed on low brush and bulldoze small trees, promoting growth of grasses, which in turn attract bulk grazers like buffalo, endangered Grevy’s zebras, eland, and oryx, themselves prey for carnivores: lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards.”

If you want to read more about this wonderful work, or better yet, donate, go to:

http://www.retetielephants.org/

 

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