Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. The Trust embraces all measures that
complement the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife.
I painted this portrait of Ndotto and Lasayen; two of the orphans at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, to raise funds for the charity.
The colourful array of blankets hanging on the trees, fences and stockades of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Nairobi Nursery are now a familiar symbol of the elephant orphanage. When washed and dried these comforting blankets are an elephant’s best friend.
In the wild, baby elephants are sheltered from the the wind, rain and sun by their loving and attentive elephant herd, from the cold of the night and cooled in the shadow of their mother from the harsh rays of the sun during the heat of the day.
At a delicate age all infant elephants are extremely vulnerable to changing weather and temperature conditions and are highly susceptible to pneumonia, which claims many young elephant orphan’s lives.
Without their mother and their herd to protect them from nature’s unforgiving elements young orphaned elephants need extra special care from their human keepers at the Nairobi Nursery.
To ensure each orphan’s health, comfort and well-being, the keepers are armed with a secret weapon; a soft and fluffy blanket!