An elephant keeper basically takes on the role of surrogate mother to a calf.
Where is Reteti Elephant Sanctuary?
What makes Reteti special and worth visiting?
1. Reteti is Africa's first community-owned elephant orphanage
Reteti is Africa's very first community-owned elephant orphanage!
2. Reteti is driving socioeconomic empowerment among the Samburu
3. Reteti claims another first: it employs women elephant keepers
4. Elephant calves are rescued and given round-the-clock care
5. The sanctuary's aim is rewilding the elephants
Elephants are highly intelligent and emotionally sophisticated herd animals who depend on strong social bonds for survival in the wild.
6. School visits aim to reduce human-elephant conflict
Why are there so many orphaned elephants?
Even newborn calves are heavy – they usually come out of the womb at around 100 kg (220 lb)! The calves often need to be extracted from wells. This area of the country is remote and vast, the terrain mountainous, and there are few roads. The calves are often in severe distress and dangerously dehydrated by the time the rescue team gets to them
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The Samburu's deep connection with elephants
Samburu legend says elephants and humans are related by blood.
What does a visit to Reteti look like?
Your visit will help strengthen the local community and support our mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release.
1. Learn about the sanctuary and its elephants
2. Attend a feed time – it gets lively!
Feeding time at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!