“The most important quality for keepers is [that] you’ve got to genuinely love the elephants. They can read your heart,” says Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, and she ought to know. More than five decades ago she began rescuing and rehabilitating elephants orphaned by hunters in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, work she continues today through The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, established in memory of her husband, a leading conservationist and founding Tsavo warden.
The efforts of Dr. Sheldrick as well as primatologist and Orangutan Foundation president Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas to save hundreds of orphaned animals is the focus of the Imax film “Born to be Wild 3D,” opening nationwide April 8.
Both doctors do extraordinary work but we’re a bit biased. Dame Daphne is a favourite of ours here at Micato, where we regularly contribute to wildlife preservation nonprofits like the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Every chance we get we bring our guests to see the valuable work being done by the keepers and caretakers, and many of our guests become sponsors of orphaned animals after their safaris.