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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  February 2016
Location Found  Narraengolo area within the Chyulu / Amboseli ecosystem
Age on Arrival  5 months
Comments on Place Found  Found emaciated, on her own, with no evidence of any elephants in the area
Reason for being Orphaned  Reason Unknown

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT 2015 Newsletter, DSWT Overview, and An African Love Story

    DWST Overview An African Love Story

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign, The DSWT Give a Gift Website and DSWT in Action

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign The DSWT iWorry Campaign David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Action

    Deterrence-The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Air Wing

    Deterrence is a film about the extraordinary partnership between the Kenya Wildlife Service and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - and their common mission to put poachers out of business.

    More than just boots on the ground and eyes in the sky, the coordinated operations of an expanded Air Wing are now able to convince a would-be poacher that the risks of entering the park are no longer worth the reward.

    Join us in protecting Kenya's wildlife. Support the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

  1. The arrival of Gawa, ex-orphan Galana’s first wild born baby - 9/23/2016

    Now a mother for the first time, orphan Galana who is 13 years of age, was rescued as a little baby having been spotted alone and abandoned near the Galana River on the eastern boundary of Tsavo East National Park. (read more)

    Galana and gawa at the Ithumba stockades Newborn Gawa Gawa learning to walk with help from Galana Gawa





  1. A Monthly Anti Poaching Report from the TCA - 9/19/2016

    During August the teams were faced with another busy month and worked seamlessly alongside the DSWT’s Aerial Surveillance Unit and Dog Unit in patrolling and providing security over the TCA. (read more)

  1. August Aerial Report from the Tsavo Conservation Area - 9/9/2016

    August was a successful month for DSWT’s Aerial Unit.  With effective cooperation from ground teams, the Trust’s aircrafts were directly involved in the apprehension of 5 suspects, one a suspected poacher and the others found to be extracting natural resources from within Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. (read more)

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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. The Rescue of Jotto - 9/6/2016

    The 21st of March began as a particularly fraught day for us, beginning with the news that two orphaned elephants were in need of rescue at different ends of the country; one having fallen down a well in the Namunyak Conservancy in Northern Kenya, and the other possibly a victim of poaching in Tsavo East National Park found near a huge lone rock named “Sobo”, close to the Eastern boundary of the Park. (read more)

    Jotto takes milk at the airstrip Safely back at the nursery Jotto gets a much needed dust bath with Julius Jotto
  1. Lissa's fifth wild born calf Leo - 9/2/2016

    In 1988 a two-year-old orphaned female elephant calf was rescued near Mackinnon road and brought to be raised at Voi in Tsavo East by Daphne Sheldrick and her team, having been found alone in an emaciated condition with a misshapen back leg that had obviously been broken. (read more)

    Lissa arriving at the stockade with Leo Leo playing around Leo suckling in the stockade Lissa, Leo and another already weaned calf

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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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