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Name  Wanjala Wanjala - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  Thursday, January 29, 2015
Location Found  Found near the Dida Harea Windmill waterhole on the southern plains of Tsavo East National Park
Age on Arrival  Approximately 19 months old
Comments on Place Found  The calf who was in the company of a teenage bull was weak and extremely emaciated. He was obviously an orphan who had been without mother’s milk for sometime.
Reason for being Orphaned  Drought Related

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  1. The DSWT 2015 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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    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 Rescue of Pare - 10/24/2016

    On the 1st of July Angela received a phone call from Richard Bonham of Big Life regarding an orphaned elephant who had been reported by the community of the Rombo Group Ranch, abutting the Tsavo West National Park and close to the Tanzanian border. (read more)

    Pare awaiting the Rescue plane Pare Settling into his stockade Pare greeted warmly by the other orphans Pare with his trunk up


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.

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  1. The DSWT/KWS September Anti-Poaching Report - 10/21/2016

    Tsavo’s long dry season continues into September and the teams have continued to focus their efforts on providing a security presence in known poacher hotspots especially around remaining watering holes and rivers, as wildlife, and particularly elephants, continue to stay close to where they can access water. (read more)

  1. Ex Orphan Lempaute's Thirsty Herd! - 10/18/2016

    On the 17th of October, while on a regular fence patrol, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Works Manager came across some of our Ex Orphans feeding on parched grass looking extremely hot, hungry and thirsty. (read more)

    Walking Lempaute's herd back home Arriving at the stockades Some tasty lucerne at last Refreshing water

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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. Aerial Report from the Tsavo Conservation Area - 10/14/2016

    The major challenge during September was livestock. Due to a failed short rains in April-May, the Tsavo Conservation Area has become exceedingly dry and as a result, neighbouring pastoralists are probing much further into the Park than recent years. (read more)

  1. The DSWT-Waves Foundation Tsavo Sports Day - 10/12/2016

    The annual Tsavo Kerrigan Cup, organised by the DSWT in collaboration with the Waves Trust, took place on the 30th September 2016 hosted by Sowa Primary School. (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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