The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary located in Samburu has received a major upgrade to its facilities courtesy of the M-PESA Foundation.
The Kes 12.7 million upgrade to Reteti which is Africa’s first community-owned elephant orphanage, has seen an increase in the number of elephants that can now be housed in the facility.
The Foundation expanded the elephant stable to house 20 elephants from the initial 5. It also funded the construction of the keepers’ canteen to accommodate more staff, fenced the orphanage and purchased a tractor to aid in operations.
“The Sanctuary has provided opportunities for the locals whose livelihoods have been improved proving that nature and conservation can provide a sustainable economy for the population that occupy its ecosystem. The fact that close to 50 keepers have been employed from the community shows the tremendous effect the sanctuary has had on ground,” said Michael Joseph, Chairman M-PESA Foundation.
The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is situated in the remote Mathews Range, among Kenya’s second largest elephant population. It takes in orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim to release them back into the wild herds adjoining the Sanctuary.