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Name  MERRU MERRU - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Location Found  Imenti Forest; Meru Region
Age on Arrival  9 Months
Comments on Place Found  Found in a deep quarry with no other elephants around and in distress
Reason for being Orphaned  Human / Wildlife Conflict

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 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)





  1. DSWT Aerial Report August 2018 - 9/12/2018

    In August there was an increase in poaching activity which is not unusual given past trends of poaching as conditions dry out. (read more)

  1. Herculean effort to haul elephant to safety - 8/15/2018

    For three days in mid-August, this adult male elephant lay trapped in thick mud, stuck in a drying water pan along the Kilenyeti River, on the northern boundary of the Chyulu Hills National Park. (read more)

    Elephant trapped in mud Elephant bull trapped in the mud Vets pouring water on the bull to keep him cool Elephant bull on his feet

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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. Turkwel’s lion attack and subsequent treatment - 8/14/2018

    On the 24th of July, Mutara’s herd arrived at the stockades with clear evidence of Turkwel having had a lion leap on her back. (read more)

    Turkwel The puncture wounds Mutara's herd visiting Turkwel Turkwel after losing her tail
  1. Saving a bull elephant in Tsavo - 8/3/2018

    Ten days ago KWS and DSWT came to the aid of a bull elephant that had two poison arrow wounds. This majestic creature was first spotted late in the evening on 22nd July by Taru Carr-Hartley, Daphne’s grandson, in the Northern Area of Tsavo. (read more)

    Keeping the elephant bull cool during treatment Cleaning the poison arrow wounds Treating the injured bull The elephant bull recovering from anesthetic

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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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