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Our visit to DSWT in Nairobi - September 2011

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Our visit to DSWT in Nairobi - September 2011

Post  Laikipia on Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:58 am

After a stressful morning sorting out our paperwork at the Registrars office we visited DSWT. We took 2 large tins of milk for the eles. Edwin, the head keeper took us out to meet the 13 orphans currently in the nursery, he told us that each ele drinks 4 tins per day What a Face so next time an empty suitcase is needed! The eles came to the mudbath for their 3pm feed in two groups, smallest first and the the larger ones. Pete and I were able to feed 4 between us, a really memorable occasion, and then we watched them splashing around. White T shirt, ha ha, that was funny, I was a mud splattered red when we left. So worth a visit and Edwin was wonderful showing us around, we also met Max their blind rhino.









Kainuk - an ele we foster for a friend of ours.


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Post  whitestarling on Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:24 pm

You lucky lucky Guys, that must have been a wonderful feeling, to feed them like that. We would so love to be able to do it. Great pics you all really look as though your having the best time in the world, and that includes the Baby Ele's

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:56 pm

Wonderful pictures Lai Pai. Very Happy Isn't it just the best being able to do that Very Happy Do you know which eles you fed? I really want to go and do it again!!

I'm glad you asked how much they drank. 4 tins a day Shocked Shocked I had no idea it was that much. I must put my piccies on too.

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Post  Doogs on Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:24 pm

WOW 4 tins a day, that's a lot Shocked

Great photos Lai Pai, love them

Was watching Natures Miracle Babies last night and saw MHG also feeding the Elephant behind at DSWT so your photos are very like what he was doing. You both must have had such a great time, very special indeed, wonderful
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Post  Laikipia on Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:48 pm

scratch Anne-Marie sadly I forgot to make a note, will have to ask Pete. Edwin was such a star he took zillions with my camera, it was on slow continuous!

That was just what Martin was doing Doogs - such an experience.

It was the best and most special experience ever wasn't it Anne-Marie, just amazing.

Looking forward to your photos ............. Laughing

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Post  Doogs on Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:53 pm

What time of the day was that when you got to feed the Elephant behind ? Was it only the 'fosters' that got to do it ? Did you have to ask or did the staff there offer you the milk to feed them ?

Would love to do that Very Happy elephant
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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:21 pm

Doogs, it was at 3pm, its a private visit which you have to pay a small (ahem) fee. Its all for a good cause though and a wonderful experience so I didn't mind. Its definitely worth doing if you can though.

I'll try and post my pictures tonight, I did do a little diary for my time there. It did make me cry reading it back.

Lai, the ele in the first picture looks roughly the same size as the one I fed first and that was Sities. Very Happy one of my little family. Very Happy

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Post  Laikipia on Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:50 pm

(ahem) is just about right Anne-Marie Laughing but honestly so so so worth it I love you You could be right about Sities, sadly I was so overcome and despite asking Edwin so many times I have now forgotten!

Pete may know scratch I can check their website and go through the names there.
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Post  littlewid on Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:35 pm

Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant piccies Lai Pai bounce what an incredible experience that must have been and one you will remember forever. Mind you Pete looked like he was getting his little ele in a right old mess you can tell you are both so happy feeding them though and what a lot they drink but then they have much bigger bellies than we do Very Happy They really are spectacular photo's Lai Pai, loved looking at them and am now a tad green in colour
Thanks for sharing them and look forward to your pics AM.

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:17 am

Its obviously a male thing, getting the eles in a mess, because Chris was exactly the same. Laughing
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Post  princesspurplehippy on Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:32 am

it looks like you had a great time, the little Elephant behind are so cute
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Post  Laikipia on Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:29 am

I Agree Anne-Marie and Pete's shoes were covered in milk - i had sandals on, wise move!

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Post  Doogs on Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:19 pm

Thanks for the info re the visit AM & Lai Pai.

Is the fee paid when you are there or do you pay before you go ? Do they tell you how much to give them or do you just give what you want ? I know what things are like over there so I'm not surprised but as you say it's well, well worth it.

We have been to DSWT before but went to the 5pm private viewing so didn't get the chance to give the Elephant behind any bottles. I know we'd all love to do that sometime.
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Post  Laikipia on Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:35 am

I organised it through DSWT in the UK and it's a flat fee, paid in advance. Sadly, they've just changed their policy and now say at the private visit you can't feed the eles, too many people have been upset that they couldn't at the midday and 5.00pm feeds. It's a real shame as it was such a special experience. Anne-Marie and I were so so so lucky.

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Post  Anne-Marie1981 on Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:39 am

Even with the policy changed I would do it in a flash again. Just to be able to interact with the eles on a personal level is amazing. To be able to walk, play and stoke them is just amazing ... and to get muddy Very Happy We really were so lucky, because we must have been some of the last people to be able to feed them.
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Post  Laikipia on Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:18 pm

I Agree Anne-Marie - totally wonderful and we would definitely do it again - mud and all!

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Post  Doogs on Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:27 pm

That is a shame that they have stopped doing it Crying or Very sad

You certainly were both lucky that you got to do it Wink An experience you'll treasure forever and never forget Very Happy
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Post  Dnyanada Kulkarni on Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:27 pm

Laikipia, you lucky thing!! How I envy you!! I want to go there too and feed all these beautiful babies!! bounce Its rather unfortunate that you can't feed the babies. Sad But I'm sure that I want to visit. Just looking at the babies thriving and living so happily is a reward in itself! Very Happy
Really nice pics you clicked there! :)

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Post  Laikipia on Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:16 pm

Thanks Dnyanada - it really was a privilege to feed the baby eles. Even if that is not possible now, you can still visit at midday and as a fosterer you can visit in the late afternoon and see them all being fed and put to bed. It's a truly wonderful experience.

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Post  Dnyanada Kulkarni on Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:22 pm

I can only imagine how amazing that must be! :)

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