THE DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST

Foster an Orphan as a Christmas Gift
US$ 50 per year is the minimum fostering fee

"Please help us help an orphaned elephant
by fostering one of the orphans
directly through our website
as a gift of life"
Daphne Sheldrick

Click to see the list of orphans available for fostering

( Note: If you do not want to adopt an orphan as a Christmas present, please go to the main fostering area instead)

A tiny newborn elephant is orphaned, often its mother and family gunned down to serve the Ivory trade, its life support gone; any survivors fleeing in terror; its fate now suffering and death in hopeless and lonely isolation it cannot understand. For an elephant, the family is all important; its very existence dependent upon its mother's milk for the first two years of life and a life that should span three score years and ten, equivalent to that of man. In a perfect world that elephant life would be filled with fun and joy through the companionship of friends and a closeknit and loving family, whose love is pure and unconditional all the days of its life.

In one country in Africa, Kenya, a tiny Elephant Nursery situated in Nairobi under the auspices of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, overseen by Dr. Daphne Sheldrick, whose elephant experience spans a lifetime, and with the cooperation of the Kenya Wildlife Service, for the first time ever now offers hope for any orphaned elephant fortunate enough to be found alive. It took Daphne Sheldrick 28 years of trial and error during the years that her husband was Warden of Kenya's largest and most important elephant Sanctuary, Tsavo East National Park, to perfect the milk formula and complex husbandry necessary to rear the orphaned infant African elephants. Today, with financial help of many caring folk world-wide, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is proud to have saved what amounts to a herd; over 150 orphaned infant calves that would otherwise have perished. More importantly, every one of these orphans can look forward to a quality of life in wild terms, living free in Tsavo East National Park encompassed by their new extended orphaned family and friends amongst the wild herds in a National Park that offers elephants the S P A C E they need - the 8,000 square miles of pristine wilderness that is TSAVO.

None of this would have been possible without help of many people worldwide, for the rearing an infant elephant is an expensive and long-term commitment during the time it is dependent upon milk and a team of trained carers who represent the lost elephant family and are there for the little elephant until such time as it is comfortable amongst the wild herds and chooses to become independent. The time involved depends entirely upon the personality of each individual and also upon how well the elephant can recall its elephant family, but all the orphans reared by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust are "elephants" again and integrated into the wild community by the age of ten, though always in their large elephant hearts will be a corner for the specific humans who were their family in infancy.


The Baby Elephant Foster Parent Programme,

Via email, your gift will include:

We have made our fostering program digital, thereby keeping admin costs down. Postage around the world is a cumbersome administrative expense that we are now able to avoid through the Internet. Any queries about the fostering program can be directed to rc-h@africaonline.co.ke


A fostering certificate with a profile and photograph of your adopted orphan together with a description of the Orphans’ Project;
 

An interactive map indicating where your orphan was found and a description of the habitat and the plight of the elephants (or Rhinos) in that particular area;
 

A monthly summary highlighting events of the previous month together with a direct link to the ‘Keepers Diary’ for your elephant. In the diary you will be able to access the daily calendar entries and the monthly photos. These updates can be printed off to enable you to keep a journal highlighting the progress of your orphan;
 

Along with the update you will receive a collectable monthly watercolor by Angela Sheldrick;
 

From time-to-time, you will receive news of new arrivals and rescues written by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick with accompanying photographs;
 

And most importantly, as one of our foster parents, you are considered part of the DSWT team and we will be keeping in personal contact with you as an important member of our project.
 
  

A truly unique and novel gift that can be enjoyed throughout the year


 
Choose an elephant orphan whose story touches your heart and whose name appeals to you.  
 
NAMING THE ORPHANS

The Trust likes to name its orphaned elephants in a way that can identify them with their origin. The orphans come from all corners of Kenya and from many different elephant populations, so they are usually given place or ethnic tribal names.

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