It’s been a long time since I’ve given an update on our ‘elephant child’. A bit of back-story first: we have sponsored Zurura since 2008 through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/ It is a center in Nairobi, Kenya that rears milk dependent elephants and rhinos that have been orphaned. (Fifty dollars a year sponsors an elephant baby. You get monthly updates and photos by email.)
When we were in Kenya in ’08 we went to the center and were able to see ‘our’ elephant. He was such a cute little guy.
Like any little boy he enjoyed a romp in the mud.
As he matured, he was sent to the ‘half way house’ at Tsavio. Here is where the young elephants learn to live in the wild… taught by other ‘former orphans’ who have come here before them.
Zurura was very quick to leave the compound and become a wild elephant once again. However, he makes frequent visits to the water hole and the keeper snap photos for us sponsors who want to see how our babies are doing.
He’s not a baby anymore though! Isn’t that a fine set of tusks?