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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  December 2014
Location Found  Mara Triange, Masai Mara
Age on Arrival  3 years
Comments on Place Found  Found alone and unable to join other elephant herds
Reason for being Orphaned  Drought Related

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  1. The DSWT 2016 Newsletter, DSWT Overview, and An African Love Story

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

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    Give an orphan baby elephant the precious gift of hope this Christmas.

    As Christmas approaches why not give a loved one a novel gift by registering them online as a foster parent, and they can then play an important part in the much needed care and dedication that their baby elephant needs.

    For full details click on CHRISTMAS FOSTERING

  1. Ex Orphan Emily successfully navigates her herd through the drought of 2017 - 12/13/2017

    Our Ex Orphans at the Voi stockades are very much independent of their keepers and the sanctuary of the Voi Rehabilitation Unit and have been so for many years. (read more)

    Ndara and baby Neptune Eden, Emma and Safi in the stockade Sweet Sally with calf Safi Baby Thor and Inca

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. The rescue of Namalok - 12/13/2017

    Namalok was first identified alone without his herd by Kenya Wildlife Service rangers who observed his movements over the coming days, leading into weeks. (read more)

  1. The Rescue of Maisha - 11/27/2017

    On the 5th of September 2017 from the top of Irima Hill in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya Wildlife Service rangers watched a young abandoned elephant calf stagger to water and then collapse soon after having her fill. (read more)

    Maisha found starving and collapsed in Tsavo Maisha being transported to Nairobi Maisha regaining her strength Sattao, Maisha and Emoli


  1. Double your impact for wildlife on #GivingTuesday - 11/23/2017

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    Our Giving Tuesday Campaign is now live.  If you would like to be a part of this campaign and have your donation doubled, so it can go twice as far in helping elephants, please (read more)

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    Following the enormous global public outcry that followed the US administration's announcement that it would lift the ban on the import of hunting trophies, President Trump put the decision on hold. (read more)

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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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