The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Name  MAARIFA MAARIFA - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Location Found  Meru National Park, Rhino Sanctuary
Age on Arrival  2 days old
Comments on Place Found  Found stuck in a muddy pool
Reason for being Orphaned  Stuck in Mud

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 Shop to Support

    DSWT 40 Years Strong The DSWT Give a Gift Website Shop to Support


    Give a gift of hope this Christmas with an orphan elephant or rhino adoption.

    By fostering one of the orphans in our care for someone you love this Christmas, you will be helping us provide the critical love and support these babies need, and giving your nearest and dearest a gift that gives all year long.

    For full details click on CHRISTMAS FOSTERING

  1. Rescuing Tim - an elephant extraction on a monumental scale - 12/5/2018

    Tim is one of Kenya’s most iconic elephants, but he certainly does like to live life dangerously. (read more)

    Tim Efforts to extract Tim from the Kimana swamp Extracting Tim (c) Big Life Foundation Tim the next day

The Sheldrick Trust – 40 years on

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is focused on the protection of elephants, rhinos and other wildlife at a field level, over the last 40 years we have aided countless African animals, from elephants to antelopes and always with the following in our minds - animals have a right to be free, to roam wild, and to be safe in their surroundings. We have a responsibility to afford them that right and challenge those that would seek to take it away or harm them. We are proud of what we have achieved, and we are grateful to those that believe in us and support us, making our lifesaving work possible. There is much more to do, however in seeing what we have achieved and the difference we make every day, we know our experience and integrated field projects work for wildlife and, matched with your continued support, we can and we will achieve so much more in the years ahead.

  1. DSWT/KWS De-Snaring Units Report October 2018 - 11/27/2018

    October saw a high number of arrests by the teams patrolling within the Tsavo Conservation Area and Meru National Park in northern Kenya. (read more)

  1. Aerial Surveillance Report for October 2018 - 11/21/2018

    Despite signs that the rains might appear early, it wasn’t until the end of the month that the first heavy showers appeared. (read more)


  1. The sad death of Merru - 11/8/2018

    We have been battling hard with little Merru who came to us after a very torrid time, which resulted in significant visible injuries but also some sinister, not so obvious, internal trauma. (read more)

    Merru in the quarry Sattao, Merru and Sagala Little Merru Merru and Malkia
  1. Children planting trees to create forests of the future - 11/7/2018

    In October 2018, the DSWT launched a new project aimed at inspiring school children to start planting trees. (read more)

    The seed packets Going out to plant Going out to plant Placing the seeds in a good place

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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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