The new barn and corral at Reteti Elephant Orphanage

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Twice the Love

A year ago, we asked you to help us double the size of the Reteti elephant sanctuary in Kenya. We are thrilled to share that you did it! The barn has been built, and the size of the sanctuary has been doubled.


A close-up shot of the new barn at Reteti Elephant Orphanage.

The new barn at Reteti Elephant Orphanage.

In this new barn and corral, a growing herd of 14 elephants will find shelter. It's larger than the existing barn, which now houses the younger calves. 

Elephant orphans wallow in a mud hole at Reteti elephant sanctuary

Thanks to donors like you, twice the baby elephants can now call this special, safe place home. They receive around-the-clock care and big bottles of milk every three hours, and are learning how to be wild elephants at "elephant nursery school". 

elephant milk bottles lined up on a fence

Each elephant orphan gets a specially-formulated bottle of milk for their individual needs.

Elephants are in crisis, and face terrible trouble in the wild: 96 elephants are killed every single day. These senseless deaths tear families apart and leave countless desperate orphans to fend for themselves. When one elephant is slaughtered, more deaths often follow: young elephants cannot survive without the protection and care of their moms. Poachers are claiming generations of these African giants with just one bullet. But donors like you are fighting back and helping save these defenseless victims of the poaching war.

The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Part of the sanctuary where orphaned elephants learn to wallow with their little herd.

When sweet Shaba was just a baby, her mother was killed right in front of her. Shaba was traumatized by this horrific event. At the elephant sanctuary, she was able to heal and grow strong again. Now, Shaba is the star of the show. She is one incredibly special elephant! We affectionately call her “Shaba the mama” because of the way she has made herself matriarch of the orphan herd.

Shaba the orphaned elephant gets fed a bottle by her keeper at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

Sweet Shaba gets a bottle from her keeper.

Shaba is a natural leader and now spends her days leading an "elephant nursery school". The elephant babies start their mornings getting a bottle of milk—the first of 8 for the day! After that, they romp out into the bush where "Shaba the mama" shows them how to scramble over rocks, choose the tastiest plants to eat, wallow happily in mud holes, and find the coziest spots to nap.

Under the watchful eye of Shaba and their keepers, these little elephants are thriving. Without the generous support of friends like you, Shaba would have died—a second victim of her mother’s death. 

And thanks to donors like you, twice as many elephants like Shaba have a fighting chance.

On behalf of Shaba and her friends, we can't thank you enough. 


An elephant orphan plays in a mudhole