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R.E.S.C.U.E

r.e.s.c.u.e

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary Community United for Elephants

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Our ecoengineers in action! One of the big benefits that elephants bring to the land is that of ecoengineer. They feed on low bush and bulldoze small trees. This allows for grasses to grow, which provides food for bulk grazers like buffalo, endangered Grevy’s zebras, eland, and oryx, who then attrack carnivores like lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, leopards. This grass also provides food for the livestock of the Samburu community here, something that is greatly appreciated.  Photo by @amivitale.  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
An early morning visit from a familiar friend at Reteti! 🐘😊 One of the wild elephants in the area came by to check on the Reteti orphans. Mpala was the first to go over to say hello, then all the curious orphans followed. Photos by @katie.rowe #protectelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #retetielephants babyelephants #whyilovekenya #kenya #magicalkenya #northernkenya
"Where are you going with that milk there?Are you looking for someone to take that bottle off your hands? I could help with that. I mean, if you need some cute little elephant to drink it." Photo by @amivitale  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
A little herd of little elephants inside the boma. The communities of Samburu County have a long history of innovative conservation and the idea for the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary came out of community conversations. Over a period of two years, there was a series of meetings among the Samburu tribe and other stakeholders to discuss the benefits that healthy elephants could bring to the area: employment, education and security.  Today, the elders tell us their prayer for the future is that we as a community will master the art of wildlife and environmental management. That is the wish for all of us here have as well. Photo by @amivitale  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
It's mealtime at the Reteti boma! All of our elephants eat every three hours, around the clock. Although it happens all the time, everyone is still super excited for it.  Video by Jeremy Bastard (@sararacamp)  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
All of the ellies at the water trough. They love fresh, cool water. Fun fact: an adult elephant trunk can hold over two gallons of water in its trunk at at time. It's starting to get dry again here, which is worrying, because many calves are orphaned because of drought, but, for now, we are enjoying our day.  Video by @katie.rowe  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
Happy New Year, from our herd, to yours!  In this photo, the Reteti herd is having a wonderful time in the wilderness. Each day, from 6am to 6pm, the orphaned elephant calves of the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) head into the wilderness so they can learn how to behave in the wild. They spend their days stripping leaves, tasting bark, pushing down small trees, and, best of all, taking luxurious mud baths. They may even encounter other wild animals, which will help them learn how to respond when they are on their own in the future. @r.e.s.c.u.e plans to release the elephants in groups, once they are old enough and strong enough to survive on their own.  Photo by @amivitale.  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
Beautiful and generous, @glassybaby creates one-of-a-kind, sustainable, collectible, hand-blown glass votives that make exceptional gifts while giving back to nonprofit organizations, like us.  Glassybaby donates 10% of online sales of selected products to Conservation International's Sarara Initiative which supports our work at Reteti as well as vital initiatives going on here Namunyak Wildlife Sanctuary.  Give a gift, to others or yourself, that gives back. Check out Glassybaby's stunning charitable lineup. (Link in profile). We're so proud to have them as a partner.  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @conservationorg @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
Pokot receives some love from one of the keepers at Reteti, which is also Africa's first community owned and operated elephant sanctuary. Pokot was found in Turkana on Northern Rangelands Trust's Pello Conservancy, a victim of the drought. After days of intensive care, the exciting signs of playfulness started to emerge, showing that he was making a recovery and getting his spirit back. Today, he's a beloved little bull at Reteti.  Photo by @amivitale.  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
Keeper Naomi Leshongoro gentles orphaned Pokot with the hand of experience: She had cared for and released five young elephants into the wild before Reteti opened last year. A mother herself, Naomi views these big babies as her own children. Naomi is one of the very first women wildlife keepers in all of Kenya.  Photo by @amivitale.  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants#saveelephants #stoppoaching@nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
Nadasoit and Bawa, never far from Shaba! Happy Holidays, everyone, from our little herd to yours! #elephants #babyelephant #bekindtoelephants #magicalkenya #protectelephants #stoppoaching @sararacamp @conservationorg @nrt_kenya @sandiegozoo @kenyawildlifeservice
Reteti Keeper Joseph plays with Pokot in the boma of Reteti Elephant Sanctuary. Pokot was found in Turkana on Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya)'s Pello Conservancy, abandoned by his mother due to drought, After days of intensive care, the exciting signs of playfulness started to emerge, showing that he was making a recovery and getting his spirit back.  Today, a healthy, hearty Pokot has inserted himself as a keeper favorite. He is a fairly independent character, but entertains himself and the team endlessly with games in the mud bath. Diving in headfirst and wallowing in the muddy waters, he gets lost in his own mind, only to realize that the rest of the heard moved on to browse some time ago!  Photo by @amivitale.  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
The herd on the move. Each day, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the orphans who are strong enough venture into nature, to become accustomed to the wild. That way, when it's time for them to return to wilderness, they will know how to behave in it.  Don't forget - you can support our lovely herd of little ones by making a tax-deductible contribution to Reteti Elephant Sanctuary via our website. Link in profile.  Photo by @amivitale.  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
Morning walk with David, Matiba, the two newst orphans, Ewaso and Lemorijo, both of whom are doing well.  #bekindtoelephants #protectelephants #dontletthemdisappear #retetielephants #magicalkenya
"Excuse me," says Shaba, to keeper Leleruk. "I will take that bottle off your hands." Elephants have the highest number of olfactory receptor genes of any animal yet tested, and they know when their meals are about.  Photo by @amivitale.  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
Sweet Nadasoit trumpets with glee. As Bawa has grown up and become more independent, Nadasoit has become Shaba's new shadow, never leaving her side.  Photo by @amivitale.  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
Today, Dec. 10, is the final day to order a fine art print of Mpala and the Gang by @natgeo photographer @amivitale. 100% of the proceeds from this sale will go to us here at Reteti. (Link in profile)
Dorothy prepares a meal for the rescued elephant calves here at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Northern Kenya. Dorothy is one of the very first women keepers in all Kenya, if not Africa. Before becoming a keeper, Dorothy feared elephants, but now she loves them and is proud of the work she does raising them.  Empowering women, like Dorothy, is going to help counteract the increasing pressure placed on this fragile landscape. Reteti is opening a door to a world of possibilities where women are equally entitled to working on their own land, protecting their own wildlife.  Photo by @amivitale  #womenempowerment #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
One of Africa's very first woman keepers, Naomi, brushes Bawa while he tucks under Shaba. Shaba is the proxy matriarch at Reteti, and once Bawa was strong enough to begin going out on walks, Shaba took him under her wing. Bawa was never without Shaba and Shaba was never without Bawa.  You can be a hero to these wonderful elephants and their incredible keepers. Help support the work we do here, by making a donation to Reteti today. (Link in profile.) Photo by @amivitale.  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
Keeper Mike sleeps at night beside Bawa in his stall. When elephants first come to us, a keeper is always with them, even at night, should they need anything at all. Bawa particularly came to us in a fragile state, hoovering between life and death, and required days of 24 hour care, including IV-drips and oxygen. Today, happily, he is a big, strong eight month old bull.  Photo by @amivitale.  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa
Three very hungry elephants? No worries, Keeper Mike is on it. Our elephants eat every three hours, for a total of eight times a day. It's a messy, slurpy exchange that the Reteti keepers manage like the professionals they are.  Photo by @amivitale.  #bekindtoelephants #dontletthemdisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching @nrt_kenya @tusk_org @conservationorg @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeo @sararacamp #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa

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