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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  Monday, January 18, 2016
Location Found  Namunyak Conservancy
Age on Arrival  approximately 1 month
Comments on Place Found  Discovered fallen down a well by herdsmen who had taken their cattle for water
Reason for being Orphaned  Well Victim

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT 2015 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

    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. Sky Vet successfully treats a snared elephant in Meru - 8/18/2016

    A sub-adult female elephant was first reported on the 19th of June 2016 having been sighted with a snare around its trunk by the DSWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Team based in Meru National Park. (read more)

    Preparing to dart from the helicopter the snare wound the snare removed treating the elephant





  1. The Rescue of Sana Sana - 8/11/2016

    Sana Sana was thus named because our Keepers, who rescued her from Namunyak Conservancy in northern Kenya, had to negotiate convincingly to have her rescued. (read more)

    Sighting orphan Sana Sana Loaded onto the airplane Sana Sana in her stockade First day out in the bush
  1. A Monthly Aerial Report from the DSWT's Pilots - 8/5/2016

    During the month of July, the DSWT’s Aerial Unit anticipated a large influx of veterinary cases, as is usually the case at this time of year. (read more)

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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. DSWT/KWS Quarterly Mobile Veterinary Unit Report - 7/25/2016

    During the April to June 2016, 3-month reporting period, the DSWT in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and their four dedicated KWS field veterinary officers, attended to 75 wildlife cases. (read more)

  1. Boromoko, Sirimon and Sokotei head to the Ithumba Unit - 7/15/2016

    On Sunday the 10th of July it was time again to move three more naughty Nursery boys, namely Sokotei, Boromoko and Sirimon, to the Ithumba Relocation Unit where they immediately met up with their Nursery friends who had preceded them - Siangiki, Olsekki and Enkikwe who made the journey the month before and who were completely settled and thriving in their new home. (read more)

    The new arrivals Boromoko, Sirimon, Sokotei and Kithaka in the stockade

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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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