If it were not for such places as DSWT my life would not be what it is and certainly not the special people in it. Sometimes you just need to look back to realize what is in front of you...
At home with giants
The area around our Ithumba Reintegration Unit is a safe haven for elephants, with lots of wild herds regularly visiting in the knowledge that this is a place where they are protected and one that has ample water year-round courtesy of the Trust's water bowsers.
When the Ithumba Unit was first founded, elephant bulls came to scout the area, bravely stopping by to see what all the commotion was about and, in time, word has spread among Tsavo's wild elephant population that here they can find safe water points, food and even help if they might ever need it.
This ‘big boys club’ has become very attached to the Ithumba orphans and their Keepers, and they have fully familiarised themselves with all the routines - so much so that it’s often difficult to differentiate between wild elephants and the orphans! Even more special is the presence of female herds that converge with their young and the fact that we have in the past had injured elephants visit us here, seemingly coming to us for help, which our teams have provided.
You can read about Ithumba and all our Units at sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/projects/orphans/our-orphan-units