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The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust at Nairobi in Kenya cares for elephant orphans taken from their mother. Due to poaching and drought the numbers of orphaned elephants have increased 8-fold in the last 2 years. NaturePL photographer Lisa Hoffner has spent several years documenting the vital work of the elephant orphanage where dedicated keepers rehabilitate the traumatised young elephants, so that eventually they can return to the wild.

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Orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) being taken for a walk by their keepers. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) being taken for a walk by their keepers. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Elephant keeper with his young orphan Elephants (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Elephant keeper with his young orphan Elephants (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Orphan Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) and Elephant (Loxodonta africana) with blankets on their backs. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Orphan Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) and Elephant (Loxodonta africana) with blankets on their backs. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing football with their keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010. Model released.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing football with their keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010. Model released.
Portrait of an orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana) playing on the back of another. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Portrait of an orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana) playing on the back of another. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Young Elephant (Loxodonta africana) playing. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Young Elephant (Loxodonta africana) playing. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
A baby orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana) being comforted by its keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / A baby orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana) being comforted by its keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Young orphan Elephants (Loxodonta africana) out on a walk. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Young orphan Elephants (Loxodonta africana) out on a walk. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Elephant keeper with his young orphanElephant (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010. Model released  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Elephant keeper with his young orphanElephant (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010. Model released
A group of rescued orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / A group of rescued orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
An orphan baby Elephant (Loxodonta africana) raising its trunk among its friends. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / An orphan baby Elephant (Loxodonta africana) raising its trunk among its friends. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Four orphaned Elephants (Loxodonta africana).  David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2008.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Four orphaned Elephants (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2008.
Orphan elephants (Loxodonta africana) fling red dirt during their daily dust bath. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Orphan elephants (Loxodonta africana) fling red dirt during their daily dust bath. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.
A baby orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana), named Murka,  wounded by a poacher's spear is comforted by the touch of another elephant's trunk from outside its pen. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Eleph...  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / A baby orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana), named Murka, wounded by a poacher's spear is comforted by the touch of another elephant's trunk from outside its pen. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Eleph...
Rescued newly orphan baby Elephant (Loxodonta africana) receives vital fluids from the emergency triage crew. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Rescued newly orphan baby Elephant (Loxodonta africana) receives vital fluids from the emergency triage crew. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.
Hungry orphan elephants (Loxodonta africana) greet the milk delivery trailer. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007. Model released  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Hungry orphan elephants (Loxodonta africana) greet the milk delivery trailer. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007. Model released
A young orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana) being bottle fed milk by its keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010. Model released.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / A young orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana) being bottle fed milk by its keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010. Model released.
A baby orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana) leaning against the rump of its friend. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / A baby orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana) leaning against the rump of its friend. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2010.
Young orphan Elephants (Loxodonta africana) out on a walk. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Young orphan Elephants (Loxodonta africana) out on a walk. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Baby orphan  Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing in dust. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Baby orphan Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing in dust. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) being taken for a walk by their keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) being taken for a walk by their keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
A portrait of an elephant keeper with two of his young orphan Elephants (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / A portrait of an elephant keeper with two of his young orphan Elephants (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
A baby Elephant (Loxodonta africana) being bottle fed milk by its keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / A baby Elephant (Loxodonta africana) being bottle fed milk by its keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Elephant keeper with his young orphan Elephants (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Elephant keeper with his young orphan Elephants (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) walking with their keepers,  a Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) in the foreground. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) walking with their keepers, a Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) in the foreground. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Keeper mixing special milk formula for the orphaned elephants (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2008.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Keeper mixing special milk formula for the orphaned elephants (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2008.
Newly orphaned baby Elephant (Loxodonta africana) being monitored by veterinarian in airplane during rescue operation. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Newly orphaned baby Elephant (Loxodonta africana) being monitored by veterinarian in airplane during rescue operation. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.
Orphan baby elephant (Loxodonta africana) explores keeper's face with its trunk, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Orphan baby elephant (Loxodonta africana) explores keeper's face with its trunk, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Keeper shovels dirt on elephant (Loxodonta africana) orphan, teaching it to use dirt to protect its skin. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Keeper shovels dirt on elephant (Loxodonta africana) orphan, teaching it to use dirt to protect its skin. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.
Orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing with their keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing with their keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Orphsn baby Elephant (Loxodonta africana) being inspected by its keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Orphsn baby Elephant (Loxodonta africana) being inspected by its keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
A baby Elephant (Loxodonta africana) being bottle fed milk by its keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / A baby Elephant (Loxodonta africana) being bottle fed milk by its keeper. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2010.
Keeper holding the trunk of a young orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Keeper holding the trunk of a young orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Keeper and a rescued Elephant orphan (Loxodonta africana) embracing. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2008. Model released  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Keeper and a rescued Elephant orphan (Loxodonta africana) embracing. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2008. Model released
Orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana) tapping a keeper on the hat as he eats dinner in their sleeping quarters. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana) tapping a keeper on the hat as he eats dinner in their sleeping quarters. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.
Two orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) being affectionate. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Two orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) being affectionate. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Two young orphan Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Two young orphan Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Two Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Two Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
A group of rescued orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing football. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / A group of rescued orphan baby Elephants (Loxodonta africana) playing football. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
A man and children watching the Sheldrick elephants (Loxodonta africana) coming back to the stockade for the evening. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2008.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / A man and children watching the Sheldrick elephants (Loxodonta africana) coming back to the stockade for the evening. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2008.
Elephant (Loxodonta africana) orphans follow the lead keeper while on a walk in Tsavo National Park. Near David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2008.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Elephant (Loxodonta africana) orphans follow the lead keeper while on a walk in Tsavo National Park. Near David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2008.
A herd of young orphaned Elephants (Loxodonta africana) following each other. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / A herd of young orphaned Elephants (Loxodonta africana) following each other. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2010.
Aerial of orphaned elephants on a walk-about in Tsavo National Park. Near David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2008.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Aerial of orphaned elephants on a walk-about in Tsavo National Park. Near David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, August 2008.
Keeper ready to bed down for the night with orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana) at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Keeper ready to bed down for the night with orphan Elephant (Loxodonta africana) at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.
Keeper and orphaned Elephant (Loxodonta africana) bed down for the night together at the Nairobi nursery in Kenya. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Keeper and orphaned Elephant (Loxodonta africana) bed down for the night together at the Nairobi nursery in Kenya. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, April 2007.
School children touching a rescued baby Elephant orphan (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2008.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / School children touching a rescued baby Elephant orphan (Loxodonta africana). David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Kenya, July 2008.
Children visiting David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery to see a baby Elephant (Loxodont africana). Kenya, July 2010.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Children visiting David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery to see a baby Elephant (Loxodont africana). Kenya, July 2010.
Orphan Elephant baby (Loxodonta africana) rests its trunk on the hand of a keeper; indicative of the bond formed with its new human family. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Ken...  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Orphan Elephant baby (Loxodonta africana) rests its trunk on the hand of a keeper; indicative of the bond formed with its new human family. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Elephant Nursery, Ken...
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