Friday, 14 September 2012

Saving More Elephants

Last night we said our goodbyes to Locks and Pam with a bottle of Glenfiddich and many Tuskers.  Today was the final day in Kenya for the rest of us, so we spent the time relaxing, apart from a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where we met lots of orphaned baby Elephants, ranging from a few weeks old to three years old and a blind Rhino called Maxwell. We had great fun watching them have their bottle-feeds and playing in the muddy water.  We still had some of the dollars left from our planned camping in the Masai Mara, so we decided to donate the money to the Sheldrick Trust by each of us sponsoring one of the babies.

Karen photographing the young orphans

Explaining the Elephants' life cycles and life stories to visiting school children

Bink snapping one of the larger babies getting a bottle-feed

The circumstances of each Elephant's rescue were explained to the visitors

On our way back to the Backpackers, we had time to reflect on the plight of the poor Elephant babies, most of whom have been orphaned due to poaching or other man-made problems.  Then we passed Kibera, the second-largest slum in the whole continent of Africa and were reminded also of the problems faced by many people in Kenya.  It has been a sobering end to the trip but with an uplifting feeling, having seen first-hand the efforts of the workers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Kibera, home to around a million people

Tomorrow morning we fly home after another great adventure in Kenya.  Some things did not work out as originally planned but we have been able to adapt to the circumstances and find alternative ways to make the most of the trip.

We hope you have enjoyed what blogging we have been able to do on this trip and that you will consider making a donation to our chosen charity Save The Elephants through our Just Giving page.

Look out for the postscript blogging after we have had time to look through some of the many thousands of photographs and contemplate some of the many memories we are taking home with us.

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