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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Friday, December 27, 2013
Location Found  Olare Orok Wildlife Conservancy - Maasai mara
Age on Arrival  10 months
Comments on Place Found  Found next to her dead mother in the company of the rest of her herd
Reason for being Orphaned  Poaching

Latest News & Updates:

  1. Christmas Safari Special, DSWT Overview, and An African Love Story

    DWST Overview An African Love Story

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign and The DSWT Give a Gift Website and The DSWT Wilderness Journal

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign The DSWT iWorry Campaign David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Wilderness Journal


    This holiday season please consider the infant elephants that have lost their wild families by fostering an orphaned elephant as a unique gift for someone you love. With a record 89 orphans reliant on us right now, it’s a gift that can help heal a life and one that continues to give to your loved one throughout the year.

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  1. A message from Daphne - 12/18/2014

    The 12th December is a national celebration in Kenya - the day that Kenya attained independence from Britain and the black, green and red flag of the country replaced the Union Jack. (read more)

    The ex-orphans greet Dame Daphne Dame Daphne on Safari






  1. Kili’s Untimely Passing - 12/11/2014

    The 10th of December was a day of devastation and heartbreak here at the Nursery.  Our beloved Kili who has captured the imagination of so many people around the globe died. (read more)

  1. Magical Moments made possible in 2014 - 12/10/2014

    Throughout 2014, in the face of the ever present threat of poaching, human-wildlife conflict and habitat destruction, the DSWT have witnessed incredible achievements for Kenya’s wildlife, made possible thanks to the moral and financial support of our supporters around the world. (read more)

    Mbegu and friends thriving at the nursery Aerial Surveillance watches over Tsavo's herds Kili our orphaned new born giraffe and his keepers The majestic icon Tim gets to his feet after life saving treatment from the Vet team


  1. The Trials and Tribulations of Ziwa - 12/2/2014

    Ziwa’s first terrifying ordeal was when his mother was struck down by a mysterious illness which she succumbed to despite treatment from the DSWT/KWS veterinary unit. (read more)

    Young Ziwa is sent back to Nairobi Ziwa is starting to feel better Dr Sanjay is ready to perform a blood transfusion
  1. The rescue of Sirimon - 11/26/2014

    The 3rd week in October was turning out to be a busy one at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Hot on the heels of the rescue of little Wass and his two baby ostrich friends on the 15th October another call was received by the Trust on the 16th about a baby elephant in the Mount Kenya region. (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, 4 ‘Aerial Surveillance’ planes and a rapid response helicopter, whilst being active in ‘Saving Habitats’, ‘Conservation Initiatives’ and ‘Community Outreach’.

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