10 Questions for Daphne Sheldrick

Naturalist Daphne Sheldrick on rescuing orphaned elephants, animal intelligence and how to win over a rhino

Javier Sirvent for TIME

Dame Daphne Sheldrick

How hard is raising elephants?
In early infancy, it's very, very difficult because their milk is very specialized. And they're milk-dependent for the first three years of their life. If they've been well-meaningly fed cow's milk before they're brought to us, we usually can't rescue them. Their stomachs are in such turmoil.

What do you feed them?
Our nursery in Nairobi uses human baby formula. Most of the fat is vegetable, mainly coconut. The nearest thing to the fat in elephant's milk is coconut.

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