THIS Group Of Elephants Stands In Line Everyday To Hug This Lady. This Is The Strange Reason Why!

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The ivory trade is one of the world’s oldest, cruelest, and most inhumane types of trade.  Every year thousands of animals are killed for their ivory tusks, with elephants being slaughtered at alarming rates and suffering the most from it.  Poachers have decimated herds and wild elephant numbers are steadily declining.  

One woman, Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, saw this happening in her own back yard.  Along with her husband she was the co-warden of the Tsavo National Park in Kenya and when he passed away in 1977, she started the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).  Her goal was to help rescue and save as many orphaned elephants as she possibly could, and she succeeded, today it’s the most successful orphan rehabilitation program on the planet.  

Orphaned baby elephants are notoriously hard to care for.  To survive they require constant, specialized care and a certain type of milk formula that contains coconut oil, which Daphne found only after trying every possible milk source she could get her hands on.  When she did finally find the proper type of milk that the elephants, and rhinos, could tolerate and thrive off of, it was the breakthrough she’d been looking for and made her work possible.

When a newly orphaned baby elephant arrives at the sanctuary they are under deep emotional and physical distress.  Some are injured and all are scarred after seeing their mothers and possibly other family members slaughtered by poachers for nothing more than their ivory tusks.  They are not caged or penned in, instead they’re allowed to roam freely.

Each one is assigned their own handler who is like a surrogate mother, they take care of any and all needs the baby elephant might have.  They feed them, watch their health closely, play, and snuggle together. All of this is done with the goal of returning the elephant back into the wild, healthy and ready for the life it deserves.

Daphne was a leading voice in the fight against poaching and ending the ivory trade.  She saw firsthand the devastating effects it had on not only the elephants, but also the rhinos who are now facing extinction.  Her foundation has helped hundreds of elephants survive and return to the wild.

The saying “an elephant never forgets” is true in Daphne’s case because they never forgot her.  Over the years many came back to visit and bring their families to see her. They would line up to hug her and show their appreciation, and that alone made it all worth it to her.

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These Wild Elephants Take This Walk Once A Year. But Watch What They Caught On Video!

The visit that is captured in this beautiful video was a transporting experience.  What you are about to view is the yearly pilgrimage that takes place by a family of wild elephants.  They visit a lovely hotel in Zambia called the Mfuwe Lodge, when the mangos are ripe. Wonky Tusk, their matriarch, leads them through the reception area of the Lodge, so that they can reach the mango tree on the grounds of the hotel.

She intuitively knows when the mangos are ripe, and brings her family to enjoy their delicious snack. Wonky and her family, which includes an adorable baby elephant, seem to know that it is safe for them to partake of these treats.  Equally amazing is that their human friends leave them be in this incredibly peaceful scene.  A mutual trust is evident as they enter the lodge.

After they are satiated from the mangos, they peacefully lay down to take a nap.  After resting they gently rumble back through the lodge for their leave-taking.  One can only imagine what an unforgettable experience this is for the visitors. I now have something new for my bucket list. I would love to watch this in person!

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Video: These Elephants Always Gather To Hug This Woman. The Reason Tore My Heart Up!

Whenever we hear stories about orphanages there is a good chance it is going to pull at your heart strings.  The video below is no exception, even though the elephants in this video have gone on to live happy lives.  The orphans all come from East Africa and were abandoned when they were less than 2 years of age.  With the price of ivory increasing, more and more elephants are being killed and their orphaned babies are being left alone and in need of care.

The orphanage is in Kenya and has been around for over 30 years.  The elephant sanctuary is huge and it has to be, in order to accommodate these majestic animals.  Each elephant has their own private room/dormitory.  There is also a group bathing area, dining area, and a fun playground.

There are usually 14 orphans at the sanctuary at one time, and they usually spend a few years there until they are reintroduced to the bush.  CEO and head nurse Daphne Sheldrick founded the orphanage and has been working with these animals for over 50 years.  What Daphne and the crew do for these elephants is truly incredible.

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