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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  Saturday, November 5, 2016
Location Found  Kanderi area of the Voi River Circuit in Tsavo East National Park
Age on Arrival  10 months old
Comments on Place Found  Found collapsed and barely breathing by tourists on a game drive in Kanderi
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


    Beginnings – The Nursery

    At the core of our work is the Orphans’ Project, from the rescue of milk dependent orphaned infant elephants through to their ultimate rehabilitation back into the wild. For the babies, their journey begins at our Nursery in Nairobi, where they receive dedicated hands on care and all the love and support they need to overcome the physical and psychological trauma of being orphaned and can start to enjoy the life they deserve.

    You can help them on their journey by fostering one of the orphans at www.dswt.org/foster

  1. The Mount Kenya Mobile Veterinary Unit launches into action - 10/19/2017

    From treating the world’s last remaining Northern White Rhino to helping an injured elephant, it’s been an eventful first week for the DSWT funded Mount Kenya Mobile Veterinary Unit, operated in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service. (read more)

    Sudan Treatment of an emaciated buffalo Washing the wound with hydrogen peroxide and water The DSWT/KWS vet treating an injured elephant

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. September Aerial Surveillance Unit Report 2017 - 10/16/2017

    As the drought, which has been gripping the southern sector of Tsavo East, continued throughout September, even greater numbers of elephant carcasses were discovered during the month. (read more)

  1. The rescue of Maktao - 10/11/2017

    In the early morning on the 21st of July reports from a community member were received by the DSWT Ziwani Anti-Poaching team based in Tsavo West National Park alerting them about an elephant calf that had been sighted the previous day alone. (read more)


Foster an orphan elephant
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 Mundusi - 9/22/2017

    This young calf was first spotted alone on the 20th of March reported by the Masai community to the Kenya Wildlife Service and Big life Scouts. (read more)

  1. Ziwa's journey - 9/16/2017

    Ziwa’s journey with the DSWT began in January 2014 when he was rescued from Amboseli National Park following his mother’s death. (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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