gisele bundchen
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Photo: Flickr/Tiago Chediak

Model and environmental activist Gisele Bündchen took the time to visit with orphaned wildlife on Friday at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi National Park.

On the organization’s website you can see animals like Orwa the elephant and Solio the Rhino who lost their mothers to poaching.

Bündchen can be seen on the website playing with the rescued baby elephants. The organization said about her visit, “She was entertained by an exuberant mudbath and dust bath session, and was captivated by the individual rescue stories, and the circumstances surrounding their second chance at life, understanding that the orphans in our care represent those fortunate enough to be found and rescued, while sadly many remain not so lucky.”

While it must be heartbreaking to see so many orphaned animals, it must have been a magical experience for Bundchen to see these creatures up close and interact with them. We wonder if she perhaps helped out with a donation to the organization for the care of these animals as well…

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Nicole Parisi-Smith

    The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is featured in the Disney 2011 film Born To Be Wild. It’s a fantastic film if you get to see it! I was living in Nairobi last year and visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust twice. Anyone who finds themselves in Nairobi really should go – it’s an amazing place. Visitors can watch the baby orphans being fed and hear the Kenyan keepers tell the elephants’ stories about the conditions in which they were found, between the hours of 11am – 12noon daily. Many of the orphans are the victims of poaching – it’s amazing that people still buy ivory.