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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Location Found  The Triangle in Tsavo East National Park
Age on Arrival  about 10 months old
Comments on Place Found  Found walking on near the road
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

    A Homage to Tsavo

    In 2017 we mark the 40th anniversary of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and our mission to protect and conserve wildlife and habitats in Kenya. Throughout that time, Tsavo National Park, a bastion for wildlife, has been home to the DSWT's field operations as well as countless wild species, most famously, its resident elephant herds. We are proud to play a pivotal role in protecting this incredible wilderness, and invite you to join our founder Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick as she takes you on a journey of Tsavo in the beautiful film, A Homage to Tsavo. Your support helps us protect this priceless wilderness, and all the life so reliant on it, and we hope you fall in love with this magical place as much as we have.

    You can help us safeguard Tsavo for the next 40 years, through our conservation projects, by visiting:

  1. Kelelari, Karisa and Dupotto move to Ithumba - 5/28/2017

    On the 14th of May three of the older orphans in our Nursery embarked on their journey to Tsavo, destined for our Ithumba Relocation Unit. (read more)





  1. DSWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Monthly Report for April 2017 - 5/15/2017

    April saw a number of successful arrests by the DSWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Units including 3 ivory and 7 bushmeat poachers. (read more)

  1. DSWT April Aerial Report 2017 - 5/9/2017

    A major focus for the fixed-winged planes this month was trying to root out charcoal burning in the Chyulu Hills. (read more)

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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. The rescue of Enkesha - 5/5/2017

    This baby female elephant of approximately one year old was first spotted with a wire snare tight around her trunk on the evening of the 10th of Feb at Ngirare in the Mara Triangle, in amongst a large herd of wild elephants. (read more)

  1. Ex Orphan Kinna has her first wild born baby, Kama - 4/24/2017

    Ex Orphan Kinna arrived at the Nairobi Nursery almost 17 years ago, as a one week old severely sunburnt baby from near Meru National Park in central Kenya. (read more)

    Kinna as a baby in the Nursery

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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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