An amazing day with the orphans. a very clever shaba is using a warthog burrow to find cool and even cold earth to cover herself during the heat of the day. luckily the warthog was not at home! but immediately afterwards the other elephants saw this good idea and did the same. these are the tricks that elephants only learn from being out in the wild all day exploring and learning.
Reteti keeper naomi reaches up, up, up to give warges his bottle. this baby has gotten big! warges mother had a bit of a rough start. his mother died after contracting septicemia (blood poisoning) as a result of a bullet wounds in her foot. he had tried to join another herd, but they didd not accept him and we took him in. today at 3-years-old, he's the biggest elephant in our little herd and is generally a docile, happy-go-lucky, easy-going guy, acting like a big brother to all of his fellow orphans.
We have a winner! congratulations to michael o. of nashville, tenn. who will be traveling to see dave matthews band (@davematthewsband ) in concert in la & traveling again to see us in person on a kenyan safari. he'll also receive a @nikon camera kit, a custom @rockbridgeguitar & a special present from elephant gems, inc. (@elephantgems )
Advice from an elephant - 🐘. if you feel you are in a rut (or an erosion ditch in this case) try not to over think it and make the most of what the rut has to offer. (yummy grass roots in this case) you will get out of it eventually! thanks, nadasoit!
Thank you to all of you who generously supported us in our @prizeo fundraiser over the last few months. we are entirely moved that so many people around the world think our work is important and have come forward to stand with us. we will be posting more details about the results of the sweepstakes as we learn them, and, of course, continue to share updates from our little corner of the world as often as possible. elephant kisses from nadasoit and the rest of the herd here!
1 day left to support reteti & enter to win a trip to visit (link in profile - sweepstakes ends aug. 21) here, happy bawa relaxes in a pile of delicious browse. when bawa came to us, he was 2 weeks old, hovering hovering between life and death. emaciated, dehydrated and scared, he had been stuck and submerged in the mud near a dam for days. the veterinarian who examined bawa said there was little hope for recovery. undeterred, the reteti team launched into action, staying by his side, working non-stop for 48 hours, never leaving bawa’s side while he received an iv drip and oxygen. slowly, but surely, with love and endless, dedicated care, he recovered. today, he is strong, healthy and happy and loves to play with the rest of the herd.
Hurry! just two days remain to make a $10 @prizeo contribution to reteti elephant sanctuary and be entered to win a trip to visit us yourself. the sweepstakes ends tues. aug. 21 at 3pm et (link in profile.) thank you!!! ❤️🐘💕🐘❤️ film by @amivitale