David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in 1977, following the death of her husband who was regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on African wildlife.
Spencer says in some ways Kenya is different today, yet sadly is still the same in other respects. "When you travel to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, you are going to her house," said Spencer. "When I first visited in the early 90's, you pretty much had the place to yourself. Today, because of international exposure like National Geographic, there can be nearly 500 people at the orphanage on some days. And it's only open one hour a day. Of course that's great because the money generated supports the program. And when I take a group we pay an extra fee for a private tour to get a more personal experience."
Unfortunately, poaching still exists, so the care provided by Dr. Sheldrick's staff will be needed for the foreseeable future. The land remains rugged and so vast that effectively patrolling the entire area is virtually impossible.
Come see "Born to be Wild 3D" on Thursday, August 4th at 6:00 pm. After the film we'll have an informal meet and greet with Louis Spencer. You can learn more about what it's like to be face-to-trunk with dozens of playful pachyderms. Hope to see you then!