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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 2016 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

  1. The Rescue of Sagala - 2/22/2018

    September of 2017 in the southern area of Tsavo an incredibly severe drought gripped the area, and the death toll for elephants was dramatic. (read more)

    Sagala at her rescue Sagala in her stockade Sagala out in the bush Sagala looking so healthy





  1. January 2018 Aerial Report - 2/15/2018

    January was a generally positive month, with a huge drop in the number of carcasses found. Only 3 carcasses were discovered in total, all of them old, most probably remaining from the large number of elephants that died in the latter part of last year due to the harsh drought conditions that devastated southern Tsavo East in particular. (read more)

  1. Seraa Has Her First Wild Born Baby - 2/13/2018

    We are delighted to share the news that 16 year old Ex Orphan Seraa has become a mum! On the 9th February 2018 she returned to the Voi Stockades together with her wild born calf, a boy, whom we have named Solar. (read more)

    Solar with Seraa at the waterhole Baby Solar with his mum Solar with Seraa Solar and Seraa

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  1. Enkikwe's Terrifying Ordeal with a Lion - 2/8/2018

    On the 1st of February we were alerted of Enkikwe’s brush with lions when a concerned Benjamin, the Head Keeper at the Ithumba Reintegration Unit, called Angela at 10. (read more)

    Enkikwe prepared for treatment Cleaning the wounds Enkikwe after treatment Enkikwe a few days after treatment
  1. The other (more furry) orphans at Voi - 1/30/2018

    Jackson’s hornbills swoop down from small trees in front of our origional Reintegration Unit at Voi, a hive of activity amidst the vast expanse of Tsavo East National Park. (read more)

    Oltukai the baby buffalo Ngulia the zebra Kore and Tawi eating lucerne pellets Kore eating lucerne

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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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