The caretakers do their best to imitate the elephants’ family structure which they lost when they were left orphaned.
This is essential for the elephants’ future survival and ability to reintegrate into wild populations when they are ready.
“It will be many years before these orphans will be independent of their Keepers, after all, they are still babies, needing their milk, guidance, teaching, and mentorship.
“Before they are ready to ‘fly the nest’ which usually occurs when orphans are around the age of ten,” said Executive Director of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Rob Brandford.
“In the meantime, they are positioned in a beautiful place where their days can be filled with important interactions with wild herds.”
In the photo below, you can see two orphans appreciating a sweet show of love among themselves.
“As sensitive and tactile creatures, elephants are very touchy-feely.”
“They use physical contact to communicate and bond with one another and you’ll often see them “chatting” by purposefully touching each other, using their trunk, tusks, tail, and even their entire body.”
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