Kenya Reteti

Reteti is the first community owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa.

The sanctuary is in Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County, northern Kenya. This area used to be heavily poached and degraded due to instability in the region. Now, with the help of Northern Rangelands Trust, they have become a self-governed community conservancy which is working to protect its natural resources in order to create stability, employment and revenue.

The sanctuary rescues orphaned and abandoned elephants as well as injured and sick elephants and nurtures them back to health to release them. It is by no means an easy task – rescued elephant calves have very high mortality rates. However, they could not be in better human hands than in the hands of the caretakers at Reteti. It is always moving to see the caretakers level of dedication to looking after their elephants. Reteti elephant sanctuary also works closely with partners such as Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) to continually improve the welfare of the calves at the sanctuary.

When the elephant calves reach between three and a half to four years of age, they are weaned, trained to get into the transport container and are dissociated with human beings. They are then reunited with their families or released into other northern rangeland conservancies.

This community is benefitting from standing up for their elephants, through Reteti. So thank you so much for supporting them through your safaris and donations.

If you would like to donate to Reteti you can do so through our foundation.


100% of your donation will go to the project you choose and your donation to our registered 501(c)(3) organisation is tax-deductible as provided for by law. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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