Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them

By Ami Vitale

Nature, first prize stories

February 11, 2017

Keepers feed baby elephants at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in northern Kenya.

Orphaned and abandoned elephant calves are rehabilitated and returned to the wild, at the community-owned Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in northern Kenya. The Reteti sanctuary is part of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust, located in the ancestral homeland of the Samburu people. The elephant orphanage was established in 2016 by local Samburus, and all the men working there are, or were at some time, Samburu warriors.

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