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Elephant and Rhino Nursery

Elephant and Rhino Nursery, also known as Elephant and Rhino Orphanage, is located in Nairobi, Kenya. It is one of the most unique things to do in Nairobi. The Nursery is a rehabilitation centre for elephants and rhinos managed by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.It is the perfect place to get close to elephants and rhinos. 


One of the advantages of the place is that you can get close to baby elephants and even touch them. The disadvantage is that you will only have an hour to stay with the baby elephant and enjoy the experience and if you are lucky you might just get targeted and rammed by one of the baby elephants. There are also a lot of rhinos in the nursery that you can also enjoy their company.


If you love Wildlife Kenya Safari Tours or are interested in visiting and adopting a baby elephant, this will definitely be a must-visit on your trip to Africa.

Elephant and Rhino Nursery

Opening Hours


The Elephant Nursery is open from 11 am to 12 pm, it’s highly recommended that you arrive early, roughly by 10:20 am or 10:30 am to catch a good spot to watch the elephants, tourists can also take pictures as much as they can which is another advantage. 

Location and How to Get There


The Elephant and Rhino Nursery is located in Nairobi National Park, 17 km south the city of Nairobi, Kenya. You can get to the nursery by taxi, which will approximately cost you $24. There is an entrance ticket of 500 shillings ($7) or it is a donation fee. 

Why Visit Elephant and Rhino Nursery


It is a great thing to get close with the elephants and see them playing happily. It is refreshing and quite a unique experience. You will get introduced to the youngest nursery elephants, ranging from 2 months to 1 year old. They are adorable and most of them are coated with blankets to protect them from the morning cold. When they feel hot, they splash themselves in the mud. They also love to play football. 

Elephant and Rhino Nursery

You will also get to know their stories of how they are rescued and how they are released back into the wildlife. Take great pictures with baby elephants. If you are lucky you will get to see baby rhinos also.


Adopting an Elephant 


Anyone can adopt an elephant from one year to ten years. Your elephant will still live in the orphanage until they are mature enough to be released back into the wildlife. You get an adoption certification, information about the elephant you adopt and you will keep up to date with the status of your elephant. Whenever you are in the orphanage, you will get to see your elephant. 


Fun fact about elephants is that they don’t forget. After being released into the wildlife, they come back to the orphanage for a visit.

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