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How to sponsor an Elephant?

Houston, Texas
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How to sponsor an Elephant?

We are visiting Kenya (Nairobi,Mombasa)mid-Sept for first time. We would like info about cost and procedure for doing this. Can anyone help or provide info site? Thank you in advance!

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1. Re: How to sponsor an Elephant?

There was an earlier post from someone who is a volunteer at the charity. See post by BeverleyP. Alternatively the website is.....https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/fostering.asp

When we sponsored an ele we wrote to the charity asking for permission to visit the babies at Voi. We combined a private safari to Voi Safari Lodge with a visit to the stockade late afternoon in time fiorcthe babies return from the bush. We gave them their milk bottles and had a play with the smaller ones. Absolutely magical!

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2. Re: How to sponsor an Elephant?

If you sponsor the younger elephants from David Sheldrick you can visit those at the Nairobi orphanage too. (same link)

Mombasa, Kenya
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3. Re: How to sponsor an Elephant?

Sign up with Dhapne Sheldrick foundation and when you have your certificate you can send them your request of visit's

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4. Re: How to sponsor an Elephant?

If you visit the orphanage during the public time from 11am-12n, there is a 500 KES donation requested. If you adopt an ellie, the cost is $50 USD per year. If you have an adopted elephant, you can go to the 'parent' time from 5-6pm but you have to make sure you are on their list as they only allow so many in at that time. If you are going through a trip operator, they can make this reservation. Otherwise, you can contact the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and they will be happy to add you to the list. There is a private visit at 3pm which I have not done (but I know some that have). It is more costly (I believe in the $600 range).

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5. Re: How to sponsor an Elephant?

You can choose and foster the baby you want online. https:/…fostering.asp

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6. Re: How to sponsor an Elephant?

Lots of information on the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust website, and also here is a response I received when contacting them regarding fostering:


Thank you for getting in touch and for you interest in our elephant Adoption Program.

There is a suggested minimum fostering fee of £35 GBP / $50 USD per elephant, per year. But of course we would welcome any donations over and above this amount if you wish to do so. Our adoption program is entirely digital. The adoption program is entirely digital, meaning that via email you will receive a fostering certificate, monthly updates etc.

When deciding which elephant/s to adopt, we would suggest choosing from the ‘Nursery Baby’ group. A full list of elephant profiles can be found on our website at: www.thedswt.org/orphan-profiles, with the Nursery Baby group towards the top of the page. By fostering from the Nursery Baby group, this means you can follow their journey right from the beginning, receive more detailed updates on their progress and you will be able to visit them at the Nursery in Nairobi. Once you have decided who to adopt, click on their profile and then select ‘Foster Now’ at the top or bottom of the page.

Yes it is possible to visit the elephant you adopt.

Public Visit to the Nursery

The orphanage in Nairobi is open to the public between 11am and 12 noon where you are able to see the orphans taking their morning mud bath and having their milk feed. There is a small entrance fee of 500 Kenyan Shillings per person, which is approximately $5. You would not need to book for this as it is open to the public, though we would recommend that you arrive at 10.45am as this visit is very popular.

Foster Parent Visit to the Nursery

As a foster parent of any of the orphans in our care, we can also arrange for you to visit at 5pm when the orphans return to their stables. Here you would join other foster parents to see the orphans running back to the stockades for their milk feed. Once they are inside their stockades, you would then be able to go ‘door to door’ to see them. This is a more personal experience than the public visit, as it is only available to our current foster parent supporters and therefore there is no fee for this visit. You would also need to show your foster certificate upon arrival. Please note a single fostering applies to an individual or a couple. As such, if you would like to visit as an extended group of family or friends, each additional adult will have to be a foster parent in their own right. To book a foster parent visit, please contact info@sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

Please note that during busy periods, the foster parent visits can reach full capacity and as such as we cannot guarantee that you will be able to book a visit on your preferred date. Therefore we would suggest booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Please be aware that during all of our visits, any interaction is on the elephants terms and as such, not guaranteed. At the public visit, visitors are stood behind a rope cordon. If the elephants are happy to do so, they may approach you. At the foster parent visit you will be able to watch the orphans being put to bed and approach their bedroom door. If the orphan is happy, they may stretch their trunk over the door to say hello - but it’s entirely their decision.


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