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Name  MAARIFA MAARIFA - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Location Found  Meru National Park, Rhino Sanctuary
Age on Arrival  2 days old
Comments on Place Found  Found stuck in a muddy pool
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 Shop to Support

    DSWT 40 Years Strong The DSWT Give a Gift Website Shop to Support

  1. Unveiling our new logo – honoring elephants and the Sheldrick family - 1/4/2019

     Dame Daphne Sheldrick, my mother and the founder of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, expressed a wish that we be known as the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust after she passed, so that her memory could continue to burn bright through our conservation work undertaken each and every day far into the future, by the organization that she founded and which formed such an important and integral part of her last 40 years. (read more)



2018 was a year full of highs, lows and some incredible success stories for Kenya's wildlife. From successful orphan rescues to wild graduations, new wild born babies to emergency veterinary operations and much, much more! This video offers a glimpse into what we achieved in 2018 with the help of our supporters and field partners.

Spread the word, let’s tell the world about the incredible work we're doing together and inspire others to join us and heed nature’s call - our home is their home and our lives are entwined.


  1. December 2018 DSWT Aerial Report - 1/2/2019

    Activities for the Aerial Unit throughout December were largely dominated by Human-Wildlife Conflict cases along with veterinary treatments. (read more)

  1. KWS Ranger medevaced to Nairobi - 12/31/2018

    On the morning of 20th December, our helicopter pilot Andy Payne received a call at 11.10am from Craig Millar of Big Life Foundation reporting that a ranger had been knocked down by a rhino and that both his legs were broken. (read more)

    Landing at Wilson Airport KWS ranger Moving KWS ranger onto stretcher KWS ranger ready for transport to hospital

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  1. DSWT Aerial Surveillance Report for November 2018 - 12/19/2018

    With the short rains finally arriving towards the latter part of the month both the southern and eastern areas of Tsavo East have enjoyed heavy downpours replenishing waterholes and seasonal streams, but the air wing has remained vigilant and busy throughout despite the more favorable conditions. (read more)

  1. Rescuing Tim - an elephant extraction on a monumental scale - 12/5/2018

    Tim is one of Kenya’s most iconic elephants, but he certainly does like to live life dangerously. (read more)

    Tim Efforts to extract Tim from the Kimana swamp Extracting Tim (c) Big Life Foundation Tim the next day

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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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