Kenya Elephant Sanctuary tests goat milk as a healthier food option

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An elephant orphanage in Kenya is testing goat’s milk as food for its small herds as a potentially healthier and cheaper form of nutrition than baby formula. This solution also generates money for the local community.

The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Samburu County in the semi-arid arid region of northern Kenya helps rescue orphaned and abandoned baby elephants.

When the elephants are old enough to survive on their own, the sanctuary established in 2016 will release them back into the wild.

The sanctuary has been using expensive infant formula to feed the calves, but Dr. Steven Chege, the facility’s veterinarian advisor, told Reuters they have started using goat’s milk-based formula as a potential substitute, especially for infant calves.

 

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