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Name  MAPIA MAPIA - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  Sunday, November 6, 2016
Location Found  Mapea Gap, Tsavo East National Park
Age on Arrival  1 year
Comments on Place Found  Found in a collapsed state and left by the herd
Reason for being Orphaned  Drought Related

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. The Unsung Heroes - 5/22/2018

    "Recently Daphne and I collaborated on a very beautiful publication to gladden the heart called the 'The Unsung Heroes'. (read more)

    The book The book Ambo's heroes Nairobi orphanage





  1. DSWT Aerial Surveillance Report April 2018 - 5/15/2018

    Much of April was spent on operations in support of KWS’s efforts to destroy illegal marijuana plantations in the Chyulus as well as supporting the major flooding that was experienced in the region. (read more)

  1. Saving a life and changing attitudes - 5/13/2018

    Last week we flew into a flooded Tana Delta to rescue an orphaned baby kudu. Like so many people and animals, he’d been affected by flash floods that have occurred extensively throughout the region, in recent weeks, following unprecedented rains. (read more)

    Community carrying the orphan Kudu Arriving at Kaluku HQ Offloading the kudu at Kaluku Andy the DSWT Pilot and Omar the Keeper

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. The sad death of Sokotei - 5/6/2018

    Every orphan we rescue is offered a second chance at life they certainly would not have been afforded had their lives been left up to fate, once their mothers and families were lost. (read more)

    Sokotei and his mother Sokotei with Oltaiyoni Sokotei with a Keeper at Ithumba Sokotei browsing
  1. April 2018 DSWT/KWS De-Snaring Report - 5/3/2018

    April was a quiet month in terms of illegal activities due to the ongoing rains and the fact that many would-be poachers returned to their homesteads to tend to their farms and plant crops. (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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