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Garments for Good: Give the Gift of Fostering a
Baby Elephant!


’Tis the season to give back, and we continue to care a ton about the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). The Kenya-based charity—that we’ve been working with since 2013—has rescued and rehabilitated 200 orphaned calves to date. Meet some of them here (all adorable and all ready for fostering now).

GALLA, MALE

AGE: Two years old

FROM: Sobo Rock, Kenya

RESCUE STORY:
Galla was found alone, hiding under a tree to protect himself from the harsh sun. Thankfully, the DSWT rescue team was able to track him down by following his little footprints.

WHAT HE’S UP TO NOW:
This confident young bull has settled in well alongside the other orphans, and his favorite day of the week is Friday—when the keepers condition his skin with coconut oil!


ESAMPU, FEMALE

AGE: 10 months old

FROM: Narraengolo, Kenya

RESCUE STORY:
Esampu was found wandering alone in the wild. She had been left without her mother for quite some time, leaving her very vulnerable. Luckily, the DSWT team found her in time, as poaching is rife in this area. 

WHAT SHE’S UP TO NOW:
Esampu is very sociable and curious. She loves mealtime and playing with her new human family, as well as the older elephants at the DSWT nursery. 


JOTTO, MALE

AGE: 11 months old

FROM: Namunyak Conservancy, Kenya

RESCUE STORY:
When he was just one month old, Jotto was found by some kind-hearted herdsmen while he was struggling to get out of a well. They contacted the DSWT nursery for help.

WHAT HE’S UP TO NOW:
Adventurous and playful, Jotto enjoys being cared for by the older female orphans—also known as the mini matriarchs!


GODOMA, FEMALE

AGE: Almost two years old

FROM: Taita Hills mountains, Kenya

RESCUE STORY:
Godoma was spotted struggling to get out of a steep watering hole that she had fallen into, injuring herself in the process. When her mother didn’t return, the DSWT stepped in and rescued the young calf. 

WHAT SHE’S UP TO NOW:
Godoma loves playing in the mud bath alongside her new friends at DSWT’s Nairobi nursery.


AMBO, MALE

AGE: 11 months old

FROM: Amboseli National Park, Kenya

RESCUE STORY:
Ambo was discovered trying to free himself from a deep mud bath he had gotten stuck in. Thankfully, the DSWT found him before any predators did.

WHAT HE’S UP TO NOW:
Ambo is a big character at the DSWT nursery! He’s growing into a feisty little bull elephant (here he is wearing his favorite colorful blanket).


Baby elephants—they’re just like us!


Elephants need bug repellent too!
Learning from their elders, elephants “dust” themselves from an early age to protect against the harsh sun and biting insects. Younger calves get a little help from the keepers.

Elephants give kisses too!
Whenever there’s a new arrival at the DSWT nursery, the other orphans greet them by touching trunks to provide reassurance.

Elephants get nervous too!
Just like human babies, elephants need to comfort themselves. Instead of sucking their thumbs, they’ll suck on the ear of another elephant orphan.


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