To our dwindling wildlife populations the illegal poaching is a real commination. Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, a prominent animal activist, dedicates her life to care for baby elephants orphaned by merciless poachers who slaughter adult elephants for their tusks, writes ilovemydogsomuch.
Since 1977, Daphne has been caring for orphaned elephants. In the beginning, it was very difficult for young elephants to get through life without their mothers. But over the years, thanks to her tireless research, Daphne has managed to develop a special food and milk formula that gives the elephants the nutrition they need for normal development. Daphne is a mother figure to all the elephants she breeds. Elephants have a strong sense of family, so they always run to their foster mother and hug her when they see her. Later, Daphne became aware of the large number of rhinos being killed for their horns. So she expanded her crusade to include rhinos.
All animals bred by Daphne are released into their natural habitat when they are old enough. Unfortunately, the trade in ivory tusks and the smuggling of other banned animals continues to flourish. Due to their popularity on the black market, putting these animals at further risk. We need to raise our voices and help stop this outrageous trade.
Watch the video below to see Daphne’s valuable contribution to orphaned elephants!