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Newest Arrival at the Trust:

Name  ALAMAYA ALAMAYA - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Sunday, January 12, 2014
Location Found  Purungat area, near the Mara Bridge in the Maasai Mara National Reserve
Age on Arrival  14 months
Comments on Place Found  Found abandoned by the Mara Conservancy wardens and rangers
Reason for being Orphaned  Reason Unknown

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 The DSWT Wilderness Journal

    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. A monthly report from the DSWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Units - 5/1/2015

    The month of March saw an increase in many illegal activities. A total of 35 arrests were made, mostly for illegal logging in the Chyulu Hills National Park (14 arrests were made by the Chyulu team). (read more)






  1. Tundani, Nelion and Lentili move to Voi - 5/1/2015

    On the 22nd of April three of our Nursery orphans were translocated to Tsavo, this time to our Voi Relocation Unit, to embark on the next phase of their journey to becoming wild elephants once more. (read more)

    The orphan herd leaving the stockade The orphan herd heading out to browse Lentili testing the water Lentili in the lorry
  1. Aerial Surveillance Report for March 2015 - 4/30/2015

    During March Tsavo has been hot and dry, awaiting the arrival of the short rains. The DSWT Aerial Unit has been busy across the range of Tsavo and Amboseli as well as flights undertaken within Lamu County where one of the aircraft and DSWT pilots patrolled the Lamu Conservation Area covering 815 miles and 9. (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. Balguda and Ziwa move to Umani Springs in the Kibwezi Forest - 4/27/2015

    Early on the 15th April Ziwa and Balguda made the journey to a new home in the Kibwezi Forest, which forms part of the Chyulu Hills National Park ecosystem. (read more)

  1. A course in first aid for DSWT Team Heads - 4/24/2015

    The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust this week completed a first aid course for the DSWT team heads to ensure that our men are refreshed once again, recognising the importance of disciplined well informed first aid procedures in case of an accident. (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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