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Name  GODOMA GODOMA - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Saturday, February 14, 2015
Location Found  Taita Hills Sanctuary
Age on Arrival  5-6 months
Comments on Place Found  Found bruised and battered in a well by Conservancy Scouts from the Taita Hills Sanctuary
Reason for being Orphaned  Well Victim

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT 2014 Newsletter, 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 Harambee 2015

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign The DSWT iWorry Campaign

    Wild - Kenya’s Elephants and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

    From the front lines, this short film tells the ongoing story of the elephant poaching crisis in Kenya and the work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) to protect the species.

    At the current rate elephant poaching, with an estimated one elephant killed every 15 minutes for its ivory, a lack of action could see the loss of wild elephants in Africa by 2025.

    You can play a part in saving the elephant and the time to act is now - there is so much we can do. Begin by getting involved here:

    You can help further by donating online to support the Orphans’ Project and the Anti-Poaching efforts of the DSWT.

  1. Why the DSWT will be Marching for Elephants and Rhinos on 03/04 October 2015 - 10/2/2015

    Two years on from the first International March for Elephants, organised by our iworry campaign, our staff will be marching shoulder to shoulder with other concerned citizens this weekend, calling for a total ban on all ivory sales and more investment in boots on the ground to tackle poaching. (read more)

    London March 2014 Rangers with recovered tusks Orphans supporting Nairobi Orphan baby holding a sign board


Foster an Elephant for Christmas
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.

For full details click on CHRISTMAS FOSTERING

  1. The Harambee 2015 Gala Dinner - a resounding success for wildlife! - 10/1/2015

    On Friday 25th September, we welcomed 200 guests to London's prestigious Landmark Hotel for our flagship event to celebrate all that has been achieved for Kenya's wildlife over the past 38 years. (read more)

    The room HRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent with Dame Daphne Sheldrick HRH Prince Michael of Kent giving his speech Kristin Davis giving her speech
  1. August Report from the DSWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Units - 9/25/2015

    August is known for being one of the driest months of the year as well as a month of intensified poaching and illegal activities within the Tsavo Conservation Area. (read more)

    Ithumba team helping the Vet Unit KWS Ranger with sniffer dog Rangers with a tracker dog The poacher displaying carcasses of dikdik

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 Ngilai - 9/25/2015

    On the 8th of March Angela and Robert received reports from KWS about the plight of a little elephant who was discovered fallen down a well within Molore Lorach, Ngilai area. (read more)

  1. Monthly Report from the DSWT Aerial Unit - 9/21/2015

    August has been hot dry and very windy, and as is historically the case at this time of year being peak of the dry season we have seen elevated illegal activities. (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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