The new barn at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

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Twice the Love

Donors Double the Size of Unique Elephant Sanctuary

We asked you to help double the size of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya, and we're thrilled to share that you did it! The new barn and corral have been built, and the size of the sanctuary has doubled.

In these new, bigger enclosures, a growing herd of young elephants will find shelter and safety. The original barn and corral are not as large, and now house the younger, smaller calves.

Young elephants wallow playfully in the mud at Reteti

Play is essential for young elephants—it helps them learn important social behaviors.

More Space to Help More Elephants

Thanks to friends like you, twice the number of baby elephants can call this special, safe place their home. At Reteti, young elephants receive around-the-clock care, including big bottles of milk every three hours. And they're learning how to be wild elephants at "elephant nursery school."

Elephant milk bottles lined up on a fence

To get the nutrition a young elephant needs, the calves receive bottle feedings throughout the day. They’re given a blend of milk formula and supplements, customized to each individual’s health needs.

Victims of the Poaching War

Elephants face terrible trouble in the wild: 96 elephants are killed every single day, mostly for their tusks. 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 mothers, and continue to nurse from them until they're 2 or 3 years old.

Poachers are claiming generations of these African giants with just one bullet. But friends like you are helping save these defenseless victims of the poaching war.

A mud wallow at Reteti

Part of the sanctuary where young elephants learn to wallow in the mud, which helps protect their skin from sunburn and biting insects.

Shaba's Story

When Shaba the elephant was just a baby, her mother was killed right in front of her. Poor Shaba was understandably traumatized by the horrific event.

Fortunately, she was taken into Reteti, where she was able to heal and grow strong again. And now, Shaba is the star of the show. She is one special elephant! We affectionately call her “Shaba the mama” because of the way she has made herself matriarch of the orphan herd.

Shaba the elephant gets fed a bottle by a caretaker at Reteti

Sweet Shaba gets a bottle from a caretaker.

Shaba Leads the "Elephant School"

Shaba is a natural leader and now spends her days leading an "elephant nursery school." The elephant calves at Reteti start their mornings by 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 the caretakers, 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. But thanks to you, twice as many elephants, like Shaba, have a fighting chance.

A young elephant plays in the mud

At the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, young elephants can recover and thrive.

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

Read more about the elephants at Reteti >