The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  March 2017
Location Found  Privately owned land in Mzee Kirema's Dam on MacKinnon Road
Age on Arrival  18 months old
Comments on Place Found  Found submerged in Mzee Kirema's Dam
Reason for being Orphaned  Stuck in Mud

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT 2017 Newsletter, The Unsung Heroes, and An African Love Story

    The Unsung Heroes - Daphne Sheldrick An African Love Story

    DSWT 40 Years Strong, The DSWT Give a Gift Website and DSWT in Action

    DSWT 40 Years Strong The DSWT Give a Gift Website David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Action

  1. Aerial Surveillance Report for September 2018 - 10/17/2018

    There was evidence of ivory poaching during the month when gunshots were reported and responded to by fixed wing aircraft, this was followed a few days later by two carcasses discovered during patrol. (read more)

The Sheldrick Trust – 40 years on

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is focused on the protection of elephants, rhinos and other wildlife at a field level, over the last 40 years we have aided countless African animals, from elephants to antelopes and always with the following in our minds - animals have a right to be free, to roam wild, and to be safe in their surroundings. We have a responsibility to afford them that right and challenge those that would seek to take it away or harm them. We are proud of what we have achieved, and we are grateful to those that believe in us and support us, making our lifesaving work possible. There is much more to do, however in seeing what we have achieved and the difference we make every day, we know our experience and integrated field projects work for wildlife and, matched with your continued support, we can and we will achieve so much more in the years ahead.

  1. Tsavo Sports Day 2018 - 10/11/2018

    Our fun filled annual Tsavo Sports Day, undertaken in collaboration with Waves, a UK charity focused on supporting children, and their education, in Kenya, is just one of many programs we carry out in communities bordering Tsavo East and West National Parks. (read more)

    Students showcasing their talents Netball matches Kerrigan cups and shields Winning football team
  1. The Rescue of Merru - 10/9/2018

    On the 1st of September we received a call from KWS regarding an elephant calf in trouble in Meru town. (read more)


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  1. Lualeni gives birth to our 30th wild born baby - 9/28/2018

     

    On Thursday 27th September in the glow of a waning moon, just two days past it being full, ex-orphan Lualeni made her way to the Ithumba stockade water trough in the company of friends. (read more)

  1. The rescue of Tahri - 9/14/2018

    The drought in the southern area of Tsavo East National Park was brutal last year, the worst recorded in over 35 years, with close on 400 elephants succumbing to the conditions brought on through lack of food rather than lack of water. (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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