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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  Saturday, December 10, 2016
Location Found  Satao Area, Tsavo East National Park
Age on Arrival  3 months
Comments on Place Found  Found wandering alone and abandoned, very thin and with predator bites on his back legs
Reason for being Orphaned  Suspected Poaching Victim

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

    Beginnings – The Nursery

    At the core of our work is the Orphans’ Project, from the rescue of milk dependent orphaned infant elephants through to their ultimate rehabilitation back into the wild. For the babies, their journey begins at our Nursery in Nairobi, where they receive dedicated hands on care and all the love and support they need to overcome the physical and psychological trauma of being orphaned and can start to enjoy the life they deserve.

    You can help them on their journey by fostering one of the orphans at

  1. DSWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Units Report July 2017 - 8/14/2017

    Bushmeat poaching and snaring activities increased during July.  All teams were patrolling daily, lifting snares set by poachers and setting ambushes when called for, in the hope of apprehending offenders. (read more)

    An arrested poacher with python skin at Lualenyi during a joint patrol with Ziwani team Display of some of the game meat found with a poacher The rescue of an orphan elephant Snares lifted in one day at Irima plains





  1. The Joyful Reunion between Mother and Calf - 8/9/2017

    In the fading light of Election Day in Kenya, the 8th of August 2017, a rescue unfolded on the plains of Tsavo East. (read more)

    The poor calf stuck in thick mud The calf coming out Worried mother approaching the group Calf reunited with the mother
  1. The Rescue of Musiara - 8/2/2017

    This tiny calf was first observed by a film crew on the plains of the Maasai Mara and after hours of observation it became clear to them that something was definitely not as it should be, as the calf was very weak, and appeared a stranger to the herd. (read more)

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. July 2017 Aerial Surveillance Report - 7/30/2017

    July was a very positive month, seeing a significant reduction in poaching activity, with the only activities responded to including two old shooting blinds and a poacher’s hideout. (read more)

  1. June Report from the DSWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Units - 7/20/2017

    Like last month, illegal activities have shown a downward trend in the parks and protected areas where the DSWT/KWS teams are patrolling, which is typical of this time of year. (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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