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Newest Arrival at the Trust:

Name  MBEGU MBEGU - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location Found  Naibuga Conservancy - Ol Lentille
Age on Arrival  About 7 weeks
Comments on Place Found  The calf had been left behind when her herd stampeded following the shooting of an elephant by KWS after it had killed a woman in the community
Reason for being Orphaned  Panic Separation / Stampede

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT 2013 Newsletter, DSWT Overview, and An African Love Story

    DWST Overview An African Love Story

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign and The DSWT Give a Gift Website and The DSWT Wilderness Journal

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign The DSWT iWorry Campaign David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Wilderness Journal

    Ivory Victims

    We tell the ongoing story of the elephant poaching crisis in Kenya and the threat to elephants throughout Africa. We hear from elephant keeper Julius and Nick Trent, DSWT's pilot working together with The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in Kenya's massive Tsavo National Park. The time to act is now - and there is so much we can do.

    Begin by getting involved here: A campaign of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT)

    Through the iworry campaign, the DSWT successfully organised the single largest public demonstration for elephants on Friday October 4th 2013. The International March for Elephants resulted in more than 18,000 people from around the world taking to the streets in support of elephants and to urge world leaders to take measure to stop the poaching, stop the trade and stop the demand for ivory. We are calling for a complete ban on all international and domestic trade in ivory and urging governments around the world to invest more resources into wildlife protection at a field level, to strengthen penalties for those involved in the illicit ivory trade and to heighten security at ports and borders, as well as to invest in educational efforts to stop the demand for ivory.

    The fight to save the elephant continues. Find out how you can take action today:

    You can help further by donating online to support the Orphans’ Project and the Anti-Poaching efforts of the DSWT.

  1. A Report from the DSWT's Aerial Surveillance Unit - 7/17/2014

    The DSWT’s Aerial Surveillance Unit has been fully active during the month of June, operating throughout the Tsavo Conservation Area, whilst responding to any emergency reports or incidences in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service. (read more)

    DSWT's TCA Helicopter Elephants on the Galana River Aircraft landing at Witu Forest Patrolling over the Chyulu Hills






  1. A Quarterly Report from the Mobile Veterinary Units - 7/16/2014

    Now with four Mobile Veterinary Units in operation within Kenya covering the greater Tsavo, Mara, Meru and Amboseli ecosystems, the DSWT, in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service, is extending a far reaching veterinary rapid response service to wildlife in need. (read more)

    the new Amboseli Unit treating an elephant in Tsavo West A poisoned arrow An injured lion
  1. Report from the DSWT's Anti-Poaching Units June 2014 - 7/15/2014

    As the wider Tsavo Conservation Area falls into the annual dry season water holes have predominantly dried up, forcing wildlife to move to rivers and permanent water sources. (read more)

    Destroying a charcoal kiln illegal charcoal burning honey hunting treating an elephant with an arrow wound

Foster an orphan elephant
A gift that not only helps save a life but also bequeaths to the recipient an endearing icon that will be both educational and appealing.  This is a living gift of a wonderful animal, the largest mammal on earth, and a gift that enables someone to become a part of the life of the elephant of your choice.

  1. One to watch - US Television premiere of 'The Elephant Who Found a Mom' - July 16, 2014 on PBS at 20.00hrs ET - 7/12/2014

    This special documentary tells the emotional story of orphaned elephant Aisha and Dame Daphne Sheldrick, who became her human foster parent. (read more)

  1. The Development of Kamunyu Primary School - 7/11/2014

    After over three months of construction Kamunyu Primary School’s new classrooms are very near to completion. (read more)

    the new classrooms are big and spacious the DSWT funded the new classrooms the classrooms will make a huge difference One of the new classrooms at Kamunyu

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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 8 full-time Anti-Poaching and Desnaring Units, 3 Mobile Veterinary Units and the Sky Vets initiative, 3 ‘Aerial Surveillance’ planes whilst being active in ‘Saving Habitats’, ‘Conservation Initiatives’ and ‘Community Outreach’.

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