Peter Mbulu is on a mission to save Kenya’s orphaned baby elephants. In a country where poaching runs rampant, this man’s quest is particularly admirable.
Each morning, Mbulu wakes before the sun to awaken his 21 baby elephants to take them to the park. Last year, in Kenya alone, 13.5 tonnes of ivory were recovered.The industry is estimated to be worth £12 billion annually. ‘I want to help these animals because they are facing very bad problems,’ he adds. ‘Their mothers are being killed and no one is trying to help them except here in the nursery.’ ‘It’s a good job to do because you can see what you are doing and the impact that you bring to the lives of these orphans.’
Mbulu spends his entire day with the elephants, some as young as three months, nursing them back to health and even bottle-feeding the milk-dependent ones.He also stands watch for predators, like lions. The animals depend on their caretakers as fully as a human child would.