Nairobi National Park
The Nairobi Nursery is the first, formative step in an orphan’s journey back to the wild. It is the place where calves who have lost everything find family and a future once more. Originally established in 1987, more than 300 orphaned elephants have been nurtured in this sheltered, forested corner of Nairobi National Park. Keepers provide round-the-clock, specialist care, even sleeping alongside their little charges. Around the age of three, orphans graduate to one of our three Reintegration Units, where they ultimately reclaim their place in the wild.
Tsavo East National Park
Voi is the heart of the Trust’s past, present and future. 70 years ago, when David Sheldrick was the founding warden of Tsavo East National Park, he and Daphne raised their first orphaned elephants there. Since those days, generations of orphaned elephants have reclaimed their place in the wild from our Voi Reintegration Unit. The stockades sit at the base of Msinga Hill, with uninterrupted views of the Voi River and the plains that dominate the southern sector of the park. Voi is fully protected and patrolled by SWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Teams and our Aerial Unit.
Tsavo East National Park
Established in 2004, Ithumba has become one of our most successful Reintegration Units, where dozens of orphaned elephants have found their way back to the wild. It is located in the vast, northern sector of Tsavo East, a place completely untouched by mankind. Ithumba has also become a hub for wild elephants in the north. Herds of all sizes filter through on a near-daily basis, from young families to cohorts of bulls. Voi is fully protected and patrolled by SWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Teams and our Aerial Unit.
Kibwezi Forest - Chyulu Hills National Park
Umani Springs was created in 2014 to help our most vulnerable orphaned elephants reclaim their place in the wild. The orphans here have fraught histories and challenging physical setbacks, but here, they can move beyond the tragedies of their past and live as nature intended. Umani sits within the Kibwezi Forest, nestled between the rolling foothills of the Chyulu Hills and the vast plains of Tsavo beyond. As one of Kenya’s last remaining groundwater woodlands, this habitat is lush year-round, meaning compromised orphans will never have to travel far for food or water. Umani Springs is fully protected and patrolled by SWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Teams and our Aerial Unit.
SWT Field HQ, Tsavo Conservation Area
Kaluku is the nexus of our field operations. We have always raised an assortment of orphans at Kaluku, from antelope to rhinos to ostriches. Since 2018, it has also become a haven for the most vulnerable neonate orphaned elephants who come into our care. Kaluku is located at the heart of a 5,000-acre buffer zone bordering Tsavo East National Park, bound by the Athi and Mtito Rivers. It is fully protected and patrolled by SWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Teams and our Aerial Unit.