Back in November of 2017, talk show host and self-proclaimed animal lover Ellen DeGeneres launched a campaign called #BeKindToElephants on her popular television show, “The Ellen Show.” The campaign, which aimed to raise awareness about how amazingly smart and special elephants are and why they need to be protected, drew support from thousands of viewers.
After donating the money raised in the campaign to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), an organization devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned endangered animals like elephants, Ellen made a trip to DSWT’s elephant sanctuary in Nairobi, Kenya to highlight their important work.
At the DSWT elephant orphanage, DeGeneres had the amazing opportunity to experience the beauty and intelligence of elephants up close. She met all 20 of the rescued orphaned elephants currently being cared for at the sanctuary, including Enkesha, a sweet and incredibly brave young elephant with a heartbreaking past.
At just one year of age, Enkesha walked into a snare set by poachers and got her trunk stuck. When rescuers from DSWT found her, her trunk had been almost completely severed by the snare. But after a year of receiving the loving care she deserves at the Nairobi orphanage, Enkesha has made a remarkable recovery.
Her journey to recuperating from the unimaginable trauma that she faced hasn’t been easy by any means, but this adorable elephant has made incredible progress since she arrived at the sanctuary. A year ago, Enkesha’s trunk was severely injured and she was understandably terrified. Now, thanks to her selfless keepers and her foster parents who have funded her special care, she can be seen swinging her trunk in delight as she roams around the sanctuary.
Once she is fully grown, Enkesha will return to the wild where she belongs.
Unfortunately, there are countless other elephants like Enkesha who are hurt by humans in the wild, and they need your help to get a happy ending, too. If you’d like to play a role in saving these gentle giants, please consider fostering an orphaned elephant or donating to DSWT so that they can continue to rescue and rehabilitate elephants in need!
Image Source: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Facebook