The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Newest Arrival at the Trust:

Name  Naseku Naseku - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Location Found  Namunyak Conservancy, Samburu
Age on Arrival  15 months
Comments on Place Found  The Namunyak Conservancy Community Scouts found and retrieved her from a well; her family had moved on
Reason for being Orphaned  Well Victim

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT 2014 Newsletter, DSWT Overview, and An African Love Story

    DWST Overview An African Love Story

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign, The DSWT Give a Gift Website and DSWT in Action

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign The DSWT iWorry Campaign David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Action


    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

    Wild - Kenya’s Elephants and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

    From the front lines, this short film tells the ongoing story of the elephant poaching crisis in Kenya and the work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) to protect the species.

    At the current rate elephant poaching, with an estimated one elephant killed every 15 minutes for its ivory, a lack of action could see the loss of wild elephants in Africa by 2025.

    You can play a part in saving the elephant and the time to act is now - there is so much we can do. Begin by getting involved here:

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

  1. Monthy Report from the DSWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Units - 11/25/2015

    October was an exceptionally dry month with communities living around the parks becoming increasingly desperate as the dry weather continued. (read more)





  1. The rescue of Tusuja - 11/25/2015

    On the evening of the 26th of June Mark Goss from the Masai Mara Elephant Project reported an orphaned elephant case to Angela Sheldrick at the DSWT Nairobi headquarters alerting her of a possible rescue. (read more)

    Tusuja is strapped ready for the plane Tusuja is greeted by the other orphans Little Tusuja
  1. DSWT Monthly Aerial Report - 11/14/2015

    October is historically the toughest month in Tsavo because by this point the Park and rangelands are extremely dry. (read more)


  1. The rescue of Araba - 11/13/2015

    A seriously injured and ill elephant was brought to the attention of the DSWT/KWS Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit on the 19th of October, seen on the plains between Ndara and Dakota Tsavo East National Park. (read more)

  1. The rescue of Godoma - 11/10/2015

    Early morning on the 14th of August, Conservancy Scouts from the Taita Hills Sanctuary, a private Conservancy of 28,000 acres at the foot of the Taita Hills Mountains adjacent to Tsavo West National Park, came across a tiny elephant calf trapped in a steep sided watering point. (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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