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Newest Arrival at the Trust:

Name  KIASA KIASA - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Saturday, April 15, 2017
Location Found  Tsavo Triangle, Tsavo East National Park
Age on Arrival  6 months
Comments on Place Found  Found alone with two elephant bulls whilst still milk dependent
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

  1. Our contrary orphan Kiko the giraffe - 1/16/2018

    Kiko has just turned two years old in September and continues to rule the roost at the Nairobi Nursery. (read more)






  1. Maramoja, Rapa and Pare safely arrive at Ithumba Stockades - 1/14/2018

    On the 16th of December some more of our older Nursery orphans were ready to move to Ithumba, one of three of the Trust’s rehabilitation units. (read more)

    Lorry on the way to Tsavo from Nairobi Offloading the orphans Orphans having their milk Pare, Maramoja and Rapa
  1. Kauro, Namalok and Sapalan move to Ithumba - 1/13/2018

    The move of Kauro, Sapalan and Namalok to our Ithumba Relocation Unit in Tsavo took place in the early hours of 7th December. (read more)

    Sapalan loaded and ready for the journey to Ithumba Kauro, Sapalan and Namalok once offloaded Sapalan, Wanjala and Namalok Dupotto, Kauro, Namalok and Sapalan

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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. Protecting a home for elephants - 1/12/2018

    Space, or more the lack of it for wildlife, is a growing challenge and one we have been addressing for many years through our Saving Habitats Program, mindful that with an ever increasing number of people, elephants need their migratory routes secured and protected to ensure they forever have a place to call home. (read more)

  1. December 2017 Aerial Surveillance Unit Report - 1/12/2018

    December rains began looking promising but rather lost momentum towards the end of the month.   Fortunately, there was heavy rain in the southern area of Tsavo East, where most of the elephant deaths due to starvation occurred late in 2017. (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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