Everywhere she has visited during her trip across Africa this week, first lady Melania Trump has cradled infants and held children. But on Friday she spent time feeding other young creatures: baby elephants.
It is Trump’s first time in Africa – visiting four countries in five days – and her first solo international trip as the first lady. The mother of a 12-year-old son, the crux of Trump’s trip is focused on schools, hospitals and orphanages while she focuses on the wellbeing of children.
Trump arrived in Kenya on Friday, the second-to-last country on her swing across the continent. She opened this portion of her visit with a safari in the Nairobi National Park, an activity that allowed her to highlight wildlife conservation efforts in the region.
First lady Melania Trump pets a baby elephant, accompanied by CEO Angela Sheldrick (center) and Kenya’s first lady Margaret Kenyatta (right) at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Trump took part in a baby elephant feeding on Friday as she visited a national park in Kenya to highlight conservation efforts. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, Pool)
At least one baby elephant got a little too rowdy and caused a U.S. Secret Service agent to step in and hold the first lady back, Kenyan newspaper The Star reported.
During the safari, she took photos on her iPhone and peered through binoculars for a closer look at zebras, giraffes, impalas, hippos and rhinos. She also saw a site where 105 tons of ivory was burned as part of an effort to discourage the trade.
“Thank you for what you do and taking care of them,” Trump told the orphanage’s staff after learning more about the facility and the circumstances that brought many of the young children and babies to it.
The final stop on her tour will be Egypt.
On her trip, Trump has promoted the advocacy initiative “Be Best,” which she launched earlier this year. As she says, the campaign is “shining a spotlight on successful programs and organizations that teach children tools and skills.”
“The people love her, and she loves them! It is a beautiful thing to see,” the president said.
Fox News’ Paul Tilsley and The Associated Press contributed to this report.