Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
RES rescues orphaned baby elephants and parents them to be released back to the wild. It is the first community owned elephant sanctuary in Africa. Before, all rescued Kenya elephant orphans were taken to Nairobi to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. The Samburu people felt that their elephants should be kept at home and a new idea was born. All the keepers are Samburu formally trained in the care and release of elephants to the wild. In a break from tradition, Samburu women are the first-ever women elephant keepers in all of Africa. This is part of a grassroots movement of community-driven conservation in northern Kenya; a movement that is growing new economies, transforming lives and conserving natural resources.