Instagram – October 16th, 2019

We always love seeing the new members of the @sheldricktrust in Nairobi – and just look at this little guy!⁣

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. The foundation embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife including anti-poaching, safeguarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, and rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans who will then hopefully enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.⁣

We are delighted to work with DSWT and thank them for the work they do, day in and day to help protect Kenya’s elephant and rhino ⁣❤️ #Repost @sheldricktrust with @get_repost
Meet Apollo, the newest member of our herd! This delightful little chap was rescued last month, after he lost his mother (a well-known wild black rhino named Amoy) to anthrax poisoning. He was just six months old, so we knew we had to act fast before he fell victim to predators.

Rescuing Apollo was no easy task — he may be small, but he’s very spunky! As soon as he sussed out our presence, he was on the move. It’s worth reading the full account of the rescue on our website, but what followed was a nail-biting race though Tsavo West as the wily little calf gave us the runaround for several miles. Thanks to the coordinated (and indefatigable!) efforts of our teams, KWS, and Tsavo Trust, working on the ground and in the air, we were finally able to get little Apollo.

He was flown to our nearby Kaluku Field HQ, where our experienced Keepers were ready and waiting. Although Apollo was initially wary of his new home and didn’t want anyone approaching him, the team won him over with the time-tested trick of giving him a tummy rub with a broom. It wasn’t long before Apollo was eagerly following his Keepers around, happily slurping down his bottle and luxuriating in his specially created mud bath.