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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  Sunday, November 6, 2016
Location Found  Mapea Gap, Tsavo East National Park
Age on Arrival  1 year
Comments on Place Found  Found in a collapsed state and left by the herd
Reason for being Orphaned  Drought Related

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT 2017 Newsletter, The Unsung Heroes, and An African Love Story

    The Unsung Heroes - Daphne Sheldrick An African Love Story

    DSWT 40 Years Strong, The DSWT Give a Gift Website and DSWT in Action

    DSWT 40 Years Strong The DSWT Give a Gift Website David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Action

  1. Ngilai, Godoma and Murit move to Voi - 6/14/2018

    The end of May was a busy time for our Orphans' Project, Keepers and staff with much planning and many moving parts required to pull-off two elephant moves to our Voi Reintegration Unit in just three days. (read more)

    Murit and Ngilai loaded Godoma and Murit after disembarking Heading out on the first day Godoma, Ngilai and Murit in the park





  1. Laikipia visits the Voi Dependent Babies - 6/8/2018

    In the early morning of Thursday 7th June, Big Boy Laikipia returned to our Voi stockades for a visit after an absence of more than three months, having last joined the dependent Voi orphans in February of this year. (read more)

    Laikipia and Lolokwe 2005 Ex orphan Edo visits younger dependent Laikipia 2005 Laikipia at the stockade Rorogoi front and Laikipia
  1. Ndotto, Lasayen and Mbegu move to Voi - 6/5/2018

    Tsavo is magnificent at the moment with abundant vegetation, elephants celebrating the green season and all the waterholes throughout the region filled to the brim. (read more)


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  1. Vehicle hand over to KWS and Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala - 5/31/2018

    In order to further enhance the Kenya Wildlife Services’ (KWS) capacity in tackling prevailing conservation challenges in Tsavo, such as the threat of poaching for ivory, rhino horn and bushmeat, human-wildlife conflict, and climate change and variability, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) yesterday donated four new vehicles to KWS. (read more)

    Inspecting rangers and vehicles Inspecting vehicle to facilitate elephant and rhino translocation Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala inspecting DSWT Tsavo HQ DSWT fly over
  1. Communities Saving Habitats - 10,000 new trees for Lamu - 5/29/2018

    A significant project The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is incredibly proud of is our collaborative partnership with the community-led conservation initiative, The Lamu Conservation Trust. (read more)

    Flooded Amu A four years old boy touches the hearts of Amu Ranch team after pleading to help Planting trees in Amu Ziwa la mbuni water pan

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Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

Founded in 1977 by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E, in honour of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the DSWT claims a rich and deeply rooted family history in wildlife and conservation.

The DSWT has remained true to its principles and ideals, remaining a sustainable and flexible organisation. Guided by experienced and dedicated Trustees and assisted by an Advisory Committee of proactive naturalists with a lifetime of wildlife and environmental experience, the Trust takes effective action and achieves long-lasting results.

Mission statement

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.

Chaired by Daphne Sheldrick, the DSWT is run by Angela Sheldrick, the daughter of David and Daphne, who has been managing all of the Trust’s activities for over a decade. Growing up in Tsavo and later in the Nairobi National Park, Angela has been part of the Trust’s vision from the start, supported by her husband Robert Carr-Hartley and their two boys Taru and Roan, who are passionate about Kenya’s wildlife and eager to ensure that David and Daphne’s legacy continues.

In 2004 the DSWT was incorporated as a charity in the U.K. and granted charitable status by the Charities Commission, whilst during the same year the Trust has also attained U.S. Charitable status enhancing its corporate funding capability under the guidance of the U.S. Friends of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Helping save the lives of orphaned elephants and rhinos through the ‘Orphans’ Project’ who are ultimately released back into the wild is just one of the many wildlife commitments the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is involved in. The DSWT also runs 9 full-time Anti-Poaching and Desnaring Units, 4 Mobile Veterinary Units and the Sky Vets initiative, 5 ‘Aerial Surveillance’ planes and a rapid response helicopter, whilst being active in ‘Saving Habitats’, ‘Conservation Initiatives’ and ‘Community Outreach’.

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