Today I visited an elephant orphanage where people take care of elephants who don’t have a mother elephant to look after them. It takes about 3 years for an elephant to be able to survive on its own in the wild, so if an elephant is killed when it has a baby then the baby needs to be rescued and looked after by humans. There were 18 elephants in the sanctuary ranging from 2 months to 3 years old.
The baby has blankets on its back to stop it from getting pneumonia. Even though it is quite warm in Kenya, the baby still needs to be kept the right temperature, so the keepers put blankets on the youngest animals. I don’t think mother elephants have blankets though – what do you think they do to keep their babies warm in the wild?
While the babies are in the orphanage their keepers sleep in the stables with them every night! This is because elephants normally live in families and they would get lonely if they were left on their own too much. They also need to be fed every 3 hours, right through the night, so it’s easier for the keepers to stay with them than to keep coming in and out. The keepers have bunk beds in the stables where they stay with the baby elephants. Do you think you would like that job?
We’re flying to Mombasa tomorrow. It will be much hotter and we are going to spend the Easter weekend there. I will try and get on the Internet while I’m away.