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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 2017 Newsletter, DSWT Overview, and An African Love Story

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  1. March 2018 Aerial Report from Tsavo - 4/25/2018

    The rains broke over Tsavo in March and we have been blessed with rains that we have not experienced for decades; cyclones off the coast of Madagascar pulled precipitation away from the Congo Rainforest to East Africa, covering most of the country with sustained, unseasonal rain. (read more)


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  1. Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E 1934-2018 - 4/13/2018

    “It is all very raw but I must share with you the passing of my incredible mother Daphne Sheldrick. (read more)

  1. Hope for Rhinos - DSWT funded Meru Rhino Sanctuary extension and upgrade - 4/7/2018

    After months of hard work, we are delighted to announce the completion of the Meru Rhino Sanctuary extension and upgrade. (read more)

    Meru Rhino Sanctuary

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  1. Will of the people sees UK Government announce ivory ban - 4/3/2018

    For elephants, the UK Government’s ban on ivory trade has been a long time coming, and despite the media furore, it is not quite here yet – we still await a date for it to become law. (read more)

  1. DSWT De-Snaring Units reporting from Tsavo - 4/1/2018

    With the rains arriving in March it was a relatively quiet month for the teams.  The rains also caused a difficulty with vehicle patrols as muddy tracks made traversing far and wide nearly impossible, thankfully the DSWT helicopter made up for this, and was able to land rangers at hotspots to patrol on foot when needed. (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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