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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Thursday, February 06, 2014
Location Found  Dupoto area of the Transmara
Age on Arrival  approximately 6 months old
Comments on Place Found  Found abandoned in the Dupoto area
Reason for being Orphaned  Reason Unknown

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT 2013 Newsletter, DSWT Overview, and Gardeners of Eden

    DWST Overview An African Love Story

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign and The DSWT Give a Gift Website and The DSWT Wilderness Journal

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign The DSWT iWorry Campaign David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Wilderness Journal

    Ivory Victims

    We tell the ongoing story of the elephant poaching crisis in Kenya and the threat to elephants throughout Africa. We hear from elephant keeper Julius and Nick Trent, DSWT's pilot working together with The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in Kenya's massive Tsavo National Park. The time to act is now - and there is so much we can do.

    Begin by getting involved here: iWorry.org. A campaign of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT)

    Through the iworry campaign, the DSWT successfully organised the single largest public demonstration for elephants on Friday October 4th 2013. The International March for Elephants resulted in more than 18,000 people from around the world taking to the streets in support of elephants and to urge world leaders to take measure to stop the poaching, stop the trade and stop the demand for ivory. We are calling for a complete ban on all international and domestic trade in ivory and urging governments around the world to invest more resources into wildlife protection at a field level, to strengthen penalties for those involved in the illicit ivory trade and to heighten security at ports and borders, as well as to invest in educational efforts to stop the demand for ivory.

    The fight to save the elephant continues. Find out how you can take action today: www.iworry.org

    You can help further by donating online to support the Orphans’ Project and the Anti-Poaching efforts of the DSWT.

  1. Ziwa returns to Nairobi - 10/2/2014

    Ziwa has not thrived since his translocation to Ithumba.  Infact his continued decline and weakness reached a point where he was too weak to get to his feet on the 17th of September and required an IV drip. (read more)

    Ziwa heading to the airstrip Loading Ziwa onto the plane Ziwa in the bush in Nairobi Ziwa back in Nairobi

A TRULY UNIQUE GIFT FOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE

Foster an Elephant for Christmas
Give an orphan baby elephant the precious gift of hope this Christmas.

As Christmas approaches why not give a loved one a novel gift by registering them online as a foster parent, and they can then play an important part in the much needed care and dedication that their baby elephant needs.

For full details click on CHRISTMAS FOSTERING


  1. The rescue of Embu - 10/1/2014

    Towards the end of July KWS officers in charge of Mount Kenya National Park were in touch with Angela concerning the fate of a young orphaned elephant sporadically spotted on the forested slopes of Mount Kenya on the Embu side of the mountain. (read more)

  1. Kili's progress - 9/30/2014

    Kili has been with us for six weeks now and has settled beautifully into Nursery life.  He adores his stable, and enjoys his days out in the forest with his Keepers. (read more)


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 rescue of Murit - 9/25/2014

    On the 9th of July the KWS Wamba platoon commander received a report from a community informer that a tiny elephant calf had been discovered down a well. (read more)

  1. Support of the orphans in memory of the Westgate victims - 9/23/2014

    21st September was a day of remembrance for Kenyans and the anniversary of a day that Kenya will never forget. (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, 4 ‘Aerial Surveillance’ planes and a rapid response helicopter, whilst being active in ‘Saving Habitats’, ‘Conservation Initiatives’ and ‘Community Outreach’.

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