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Newest Arrival at the Trust:

Name  MURIT MURIT - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  Saturday, May 17, 2014
Location Found  Namunyak Conservancy - Samburu
Age on Arrival  7 Weeks
Comments on Place Found  Found stuck down a Well
Reason for being Orphaned  Well Victim

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT 2013 Newsletter, DSWT Overview, and Gardeners of Eden

    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

    Ivory Victims

    We tell the ongoing story of the elephant poaching crisis in Kenya and the threat to elephants throughout Africa. We hear from elephant keeper Julius and Nick Trent, DSWT's pilot working together with The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in Kenya's massive Tsavo National Park. The time to act is now - and there is so much we can do.

    Begin by getting involved here: A campaign of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT)

    Through the iworry campaign, the DSWT successfully organised the single largest public demonstration for elephants on Friday October 4th 2013. The International March for Elephants resulted in more than 18,000 people from around the world taking to the streets in support of elephants and to urge world leaders to take measure to stop the poaching, stop the trade and stop the demand for ivory. We are calling for a complete ban on all international and domestic trade in ivory and urging governments around the world to invest more resources into wildlife protection at a field level, to strengthen penalties for those involved in the illicit ivory trade and to heighten security at ports and borders, as well as to invest in educational efforts to stop the demand for ivory.

    The fight to save the elephant continues. Find out how you can take action today:

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

  1. Saving Lives from the Skies; another Elephant treated in Tsavo - 9/19/2014

    Once again on the 15th of September, a day plagued by sightings of elephants with injuries as a result of ivory poaching, the DSWT’s chief pilot, Nick Trent working in conjuction with KWS, noticed another big handsome bull clearly in need of urgent attention. (read more)

    the helicopter took off to dart the elephant the helicopter darts the injured bull the bull landed on his haunches Dr Poghon removes the arrow






  1. The DSWT Aerial Surveillance Unit August Report - 9/18/2014

    Very strong winds over the dry landscape of the Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) during August created challenging flying conditions for the DSWT’s Aerial Unit especially the low-level flying Supercubs, yet despite this the pilots flew a combined total of 70. (read more)

    Supercub in action An elephant in the Mara with arrows A herd of elephants gathers under a tree in Tsavo KWS Vet darts an injured elephant from the helicopter
  1. Saving an African Icon - 9/18/2014

    Under pregnant skies the DSWT funded mobile veterinary team moved in for the second veterinary treatment of the day on the 15th of September. (read more)

    wounds are treated Dr Poghon the bull walks away with another chance at life

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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. A New DSWT funded Mobile Anti-Poaching Unit Working in Meru National Park - 9/17/2014

    In partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service the DSWT has established a new mobile anti-poaching team, which was rolled out for the first time in August 2014. (read more)

    The New Yatta Unit Rhinos in Meru National Park The Yatta Unit captures two poachers in Meru Lions in Meru National Park
  1. An August Report from the DSWT Anti-Poaching Units - 9/16/2014

    The month of August saw the introduction of a new mobile anti-poaching team established by the DSWT in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service. (read more)

    The Yatta Unit in Meru confiscates a number of snares and poisoned arrows The Yatta Unit assists in de-snaring a giraffe in Meru The Ithumba team finds a lethal gin trap The Mtito team confiscates ivory from a poached elephants

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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 8 full-time Anti-Poaching and Desnaring Units, 3 Mobile Veterinary Units and the Sky Vets initiative, 3 ‘Aerial Surveillance’ planes whilst being active in ‘Saving Habitats’, ‘Conservation Initiatives’ and ‘Community Outreach’.

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