Video Clips
  Maxwell’s Escapades (February 2014)
Blind black rhino Maxwell managed to escape his stockade following a visit from ex-orphan rhino, Solio. It took the team four hours of gentle persuasion with treats of all descriptions, eventually resorting to drones and cars to guide blind Maxwell safely back into his home.
  Ziwa’s Rescue (February 2014)
On 8th January, the DSWT received a phone call from the Kenya Wildlife Service, a mother had collapsed in a water hole too weak to stand and her young calf was gallantly protecting her from the curious and hungry hyenas. Both were at risk of a gruesome end. We immediately prepared for the Sky Vet once again, this time headed by KWS veterinary officer Isaac Lekelol, with our elephant Keepers accompanying him.
  Rescue of Orphaned Elephant Ashaka (January 2014)
Ashaka was rescued on 3rd November 2013, aged just 3-weeks-old. The young female calf had been found struggling in a dried up water hole in Manyani, Tsavo West National Park.
  A Day in the Life of DSWT (January 2014)
Every day throughout all of the Trust's operational bases within Kenya, all of our ground teams are hard at work responding to reports and emergency. Watch this exclusive film and discover what life is like at the DSWT.
  International March for Elephants (January 2014)
On Friday 4th October 2013 the world marched for elephants in over 35 global cities in the first ever International March for Elephants. Organised through our iworry campaign (www.iworry.org) over 18,000 people took to the streets to protest and call on their Governments to take urgent action to save the elephant from extinction. Thanks to global support for around the world, our message was heard. Watch the events unfold in this short video and find out how you can take action for elephants today.
  Asanje’s Rescue (Jan 2014)
This 18-month-old calf was spotted alone in the Masai Mara in October 2013, having been chased away from community lands by dogs days before. The DSWT Rescue Team were contacted immediately as this young female calf was deteriorating rapidly without her mother and wild herd present. Once in the safety of the Nursery, Asanje (which means 'sweetheart' in the Maa language) was comforted by Bomani and Zongoloni. However, her ordeal did not stop here as an unusual swelling appeared around Asanje's neck just days after arrival.
  Yaya Toure visits the orphans (Dec 2013)
Famed Manchester City footballer Yaya Toure jetted into Nairobi for the unveiling of a new alliance to combat wildlife crime in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The alliance has been formed to fight the poaching of wildlife and we were are blessed to have Yaya’s dedicated support in combating poaching. Watch Yaya with the orphans.
  First Lady of Kenya and First Lady of Sri Lanka visit the orphanage (Dec 2013)
On December 13th the First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, once again returned to the Nairobi Nursery, where she recently fostered Tundani, this time also hosting the First Lady of Sri Lanka, Shiranthi Rajapaksa. We were delighted to invite them along and hearing their passion for wildlife and the importance of worldwide government recognition of the poaching issue. Watch their time at the Nursery here.
  Lamu Cultural Festival 2013 (Dec 2013)
The Lamu Conservation Trust (LCT) in partnership with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust took part in the 13th annual Lamu Cultural Festival this year which was a wonderful event spanning three days of action-packed entertainment. Watch the LCT's short film of the event giving you a little insight into this beautiful County, the Lamu people and their culture and environment.
  The Greatest Holiday Gift - Foster a Baby Elephant (Nov 2013)
Enter the world of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Elephant Orphans' Project and take your opportunity to give a second chance to an orphaned elephant fostering a baby as a gift for a loved one this holiday season. Thanks to Village Beats and our Patron Kristin Davis for producing this heartfelt film.
  The Graduation of Bongo, Narok and Laragai to Ithumba (Nov 2013)
Lovely Bongo who arrived quite unexpectedly one night having been rescued from community lands on the slopes of Mount Kenya joined naughty Laragai and friend Narok on the elephant-mover to the Ithumba Reintegration Unit.
  The Rescue of Oltaiyoni (Oct 2013)
We received a call on 22nd October about a young, lone orphaned elephant who had been seen close to the Ziwani Voyager Lodge in Tsavo West National Park for a number of days. It was clear the young elephant was an orphan due to her deteriorating condition and no sign of her elephant family.
  Ishaq-B, Naipoki and Kihari make the journey to Voi (Oct 2013)
Three of the Nursery's older females Ishaq B, Naipoki and Kihari made their way on to the elephant-mover truck to take the long journey to the Voi Stockades, where they will stay for around 4 or 5 years, until they are ready to reintegrate with wild herds.
  Emily and Ex Orphans visit Voi (Oct 2013)
On 10th October we moved Nursery orphan's Kihari, Naipoki and Ishaq-B to the DSWT Voi Rehabilitation Unit in Tsavo East National Park. The whole move went without a hitch and the three were warmly welcomed into the group of 19 dependent orphans presently based in Voi. The very next day, and we are sure by no coincidence, Emily and the whole ex-orphan group arrived back at the Voi Stockades, having been absent for over four months. They remained at the stockades for a short while and were accompanied by the two bulls Burra and Siria, neither of whom have been seen for over a year.
  The Rescue of Rorogoi (Oct 2013)
Nature is a mystery in itself, but luck certainly played its part in this situation. It is difficult to explain how this young milk dependent elephant managed to survive over a month in isolation, independent of her mother and herd.
  Rescue of Zongoloni (Oct 2013)
A victim of the on-going elephant poaching crisis, our Teams were called to rescue Zongoloni after her mother collapsed from a gunshot wound. At just 18 months old, Zongoloni had remained helplessly by her mother's side, becoming more and more weakened having been without water or food for some time.
  Rescue of Lentili (Oct 2013)
On October 5th Ol Lentille Rangers on routine patrol sighted a lone baby elephant calf, estimated to be 18 months old. There were no other elephants in the area and the fate of her mother remained unclear. The Rangers monitored the calf, however after 2 days the conservancy informed the Kenya Wildlife Service, who in turn contacted the DSWT and requested we deploy our rescue team.
  The story of tiny orphan Empaash (September 2013)
A tiny orphaned calf had been rescued from a mud wallow pit in the Amboseli National Park by both the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Tortilis Camp staff. This baby had been trapped here overnight and had swallowed a substantial amount of the muddy water.
  The rescue of Suswa (September 2013)
Together with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Veterinary Officer Domnic Mijele and his assistant, our team of Keepers and driver set off from Nairobi to rescue this young calf spotted alone in Masaai community land. The area she was located was miles from any airstrip and the quickest option was by vehicle.
  WILD (October 2013)
A short but powerful film highlighting the on-going story of the elephant poaching crisis in Kenya, and the threat of elephants throughout Africa. Elephant Keeper Julius shares his views on the current situation featuring DSWT pilot Nick Trent as he works together with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in Kenya's massive Tsavo National Park.
  The Rescue of Bongo (October 2013)
On 18th September an infant bull aged between 4-5 years old had been spotted alone in community lands for over a month. The DSWT team were called to rescue the calf who was a vulnerable victim alone in the wild.
  Vigil held at the Nursery for Westgate Mall victims (October 2013)
Nairobi Orphanage hold a vigil in light of the attack at Westgate Mall and as part of the International March for Elephants. Dame Daphne addressed those gathered at the public viewing hour.
  International March for Elephants (October 2013)
On Friday 4th October, 15 cities marched for the protection of elephants to call on their governments to combat the illegal trade in ivory.
  The Rescue of Kamok (September 2013)
A new-born calf walked into Kiparo Boma on Olpejita Conservancy in Laikipia. The calf was very unstable on her legs, and in search of food and comfort. Curiously no elephants remained in the area and the DSWT team were on hand instantly to rescues this tiny calf from the wild expanses of Tsavo.
  Mashiriki Rescue (September 2013)
This orphaned calf was sited alone by a tour driver on 21st August in the Sobo area of Tsavo East National Park. The tour driver monitored the calf for a while and saw that it was staggering and in a state of collapse, with no sign of her wild family. Her location was reported to the DSWT who immediately mounted a rescue.
  Baby Nelion Rescue (September 2013)
A lone infant elephant was spotted by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) , within the Mount Kenya National Park, on 2nd August before disappearing. Focusing on the area, the calf was spotted again 5 days later and KWS took steps to rescue the orphan before it could disappear again. The film tells the story of the calf's rescue, a young bull elephant now named Nelion, after Mount Kenya's second highest peak.
  The Rescue of Vuria (July 2013)
On 31st July the DSWT team rescued an orphaned elephant calf from the Taita Area, the 18-month-old calf had been sighted 3 days before wandering alone and bewildered. The little calf named Vuria after where he was rescued from was desperately trying to join other herds.
  SkyVets in Action Tsavo East (July 2013)
On 18th July the DSWT successfully located, darted and treated two injured bull elephants in the Tsavo Conservation Area. Our SkyVets programme enables us to respond rapidly to any reports of a wounded elephant, with the ability to take a KWS Field Veterinarian directly to the animal in need.
  The Rescue of Garzi (July 2013)
On the morning of 11th July 2013 an 18-month-old baby elephant was found abandoned in Tsavo East National Park. The DSWT's rescue team was deployed from Nairobi to rescue the calf and bring it to the Nairobi Elephant Nursery where he is now getting the care and attention he needs in order to make his rehabilitation journey back into the wild.
  SkyVets in Action (July 2013)
Following a report from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) about an emergency case involving an elephant with a snare wound on its trunk in Tsavo West, SkyVets were on hand immediately. Watch this short film of SkyVets in action. The DSWT and KWS are now able to react quickly to emergency cases, reducing the time to reach an injured animal can be the difference between life and death.
  The Mara Vet Unit Update (June 2013)
The Mara Mobile Veterinary Unit faces a great challenge in keeping the Maasai Mara’s wildlife safe from the continuous human-wildlife conflict. Watch this recent update featuring Veterinary Assistant Felix Micheni as he treats an injured giraffe who is suffering from a snare wound.
  The Rescue of Arruba (June 2013)
A one year old elephant calf was found abandoned and trapped in a fenced research area in Tsavo East near Aruba Dam. Watch little Arruba’s rescue to the DSWT Nursery where she has the chance to once again return to the wild.
  US Ambassador to Kenya visits Nairobi Nursery (June 2013)
Robert Godec, marked World Environment Day (WED) on June 5th with a visit to the Nairobi Nursery. Watch as the Ambassador spends time with all of the orphaned elephants and rhinos and decides to foster a special new arrival.
  Kenya’s First Lady visits orphans at the Nairobi Nursery (June 2013)
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta visited the DSWT to meet the baby elephants that have been orphaned as a result of the on-going slaughter of elephants across Kenya. Margaret Kenyatta’s visit made her the first Kenyan leader to publically take personal interest in the crisis facing Kenya's elephants.
  Mahindini (June 2013)
A premature white baby rhino was found trapped in a ditch near Lake Naivasha. This little calf struggled for life whilst being cared for by the Keepers. Watch the baby rhino upon arrival at the Nursery.
  Voi Elephants (June 2013)
A brief glimpse of the life of the DSWT's orphans at the Voi Rehabilitation Stockades in northern Tsavo East. Watch the daily goings-on of the elephants and their human Keepers as they learn the skills needed to return to the wild.
  Shimba’s Progress (May 2013)
In April 2013 Shimba made the transition to Tsavo East National Park to join the Voi Stockades and one evening he was brutally mauled by a lion whilst out in the bush. Thankfully Shimba managed to escape the lion's clutches and the Voi Keepers were on hand to get him back to the safety of the Voi Stockades. Since the attack Shimba has been recovering remarkably from his wounds and continues to do well. Watch Shimba’s recovery in full.
  Manyani Passing Out Parade (May 2013)
On the 10th May, seven of the DSWT's anti-poaching rangers graduated from the Kenya Wildlife Service's (KWS) prestigious Manyani Field Training Academy in Tsavo West. In the presence of the Director of the KWS, William Kiprono and the DSWT's Daphne Sheldrick, the recruits are now fully trained to fight the forces threatening Kenya's wildlife and wild places. Watch the highlights of the ceremony here.
  The rescue of Tundani (May 2013)
Shortly after the rescue of Ajabu, a little calf was found wandering alone near the Tiva river, who has been named Tundani. The Keepers have been surprised at his friendliness and how calm he is in their company. He is settling in well at the Nairobi Nursery, watch his rescue in full here and see how you can foster this incredibly special elephant.
  Ajabu’s 2nd health update (May 2013)
Since arriving at the Nairobi Nursery on 4th April, youngest calf Ajabu has been thriving in the care of the dedicated Keepers. Watch this short film to see Ajabu mixing with the other Orphans at the Nursery.
  Hollywood actress and ‘Asian Star of the Year’ Li Bingbing visits the Orphanage (May 2013)
Chinese leading actress and national Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Li Bingbing visits the Nairobi Nursery to help combat the illegal wildlife trade. With a following of over 20 million through social media alone her influence will certainly resonate with those in China and beyond. Watch Li Bingbing feeding the baby elephants and gaining a deeper understanding on ivory poaching within the region.
  Tano’s Health Update (April 2013)
Tano returned to the Nursery Unit in March having struggled to thrive at Ithumba. Tests have been carried out to try and ascertain what the problems are. Watch Tano’s health update in full to see how she is getting on back at the Nursery.
  Umani Springs and the Kibwezi Forest Reserve (April 2013)
Umani Springs is a stylish self-catering retreat set in the Kibwezi Forest Reserve offering Africa's comfort whilst actively pursuing environmental stability and wildlife preservation. Managed by the DSWT, the lodge encourages responsible tourism within this unique habitat, with funds generated from the Lodge supporting conservation projects in the Kibewzi Forest Reserve and throughout the Tsavo Conservation Area.
  Sities, Turkwel and Kainuk graduate to Ithumba (April 2013)
Three of the Nursery girls graduated from the Nairobi Nursery to the DSWT's reintegration centre at Ithumba in early April. This next stage in their journey will now witness them mixing with wild elephants, as they take a step closer to a life back in the wild. Watch their journey to Ithumba and their loving welcome they receive upon arrival.
  Dame Daphne Sheldrick talks about her autobiography (April 2013)
Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the first person to pioneer the successful milk formula and husbandry needed to raise a milk dependent baby elephant talks about her autobiography, An African Love Story, published on 1st March 2012.
  Ajabu's Recovery (April 2013)
Upon arriving at the Nursery, at just three days old and in a critical condition, little Ajabu was a concern for all due to her age and circumstance. Just two weeks on and Ajabu is growing from strength to strength and settling in well at her new home. Watch Ajabu playing lovingly with the Keepers at the Nursery.
  Ivory Victim (April 2013)
Watch our new film for 2013 highlighting the impact of ivory poaching in Kenya and the work being carried out by the DSWT at a field level to protect elephants and all wildlife in Kenya.
  Jasiri Care (March 2013)
Jasiri our very special new arrival has given us some sleepless nights with the first two days being very fraught. He collapsed a number of times but thanks to the quick administration of glucose IV drips we managed to retrieve him each time. Watch his continued intensive care treatment here.
  Danissa Rescue (March 2013)
On the morning of Wednesday 12th March a call was received by DSWT Nairobi about a small elephant alone on the banks of the Galana River, this little calf was to be the beautiful Danissa. Watch his story in full here.
  Tano returns to the Nursery (March 2013)
It has been a difficult seven weeks for Tano as she struggled to settle in at the Ithumba Rehabilitation Stockades in northern Tsavo East. The decision was made to take her back to the Nursery to receive the medical attention she needs at this time. Watch Tano’s story as she is transported back to the Nairobi Nursery and is greeted by some very familiar faces.
  Laragai Rescue (March 2013)
The one year old female calf was found just weeks after Lima Lima, near Bomana Ranch, Northern Kenya. Thought to be a victim of poaching, she was wandering alone and very distressed. Thanks to the DSWT rescue team, she was quickly flown to the Orphanage for immediate care and attention. Watch Laragai’s story here.
  Lima Lima Rescue (February 2013)
This film shows the rescue of Lima Lima, a lone female calf found on the 18th February 2013, thought to be an orphan of recent poaching within Laikipia West. Lima Lima turned up in the grounds of Loisaba lodge two days later and her presence was immediately reported. Watch the DSWT team save the vulnerable one year old baby elephant and fly her to the safety of the Nairobi Nursery.
  New Meru Mobile Veterinary Unit launch (February 2013)
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is excited to introduce the new Meru Mobile Veterinary Unit. This unit, which is funded and operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service, will be based out of Meru National Park.
  Water challenges facing Tsavo (February 2013)
In partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) has for many years worked towards finding viable water solutions within the Tsavo Conservation area. This short clip shows just one of these water projects.
  Mutara, Shukuru, and Tano Move to Ithumba (Janaury 2013)
On 25th January, just days after Kilabasi and Kanjoro, three more of the oldest females from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Nursery in Nairobi make the journey to Ithumba. From here they will mix with the wild elephants of Tsavo East and ultimately return to the wild.
  Kanjoro & Kilabasi move to Ithumba Uni (January 2013)
On the 24th January, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust translocated two orphaned elephants, Kilabasi and Kanjoro, from the DSWT's Nursery in Nairobi to Ithumba, one of two reintegration centres operated by the DSWT in Tsavo East National Park. Reunited with old friends, it is from here that these two elephants will mix with wild elephants and ultimately return to a life in the wild.
  The DSWT Tsavo Vet Unit in action (January 2013)
On the 12th of January the DSWT organized the treatment of an injured bull elephant in Tsavo East National Park. This short clip shows the treatment of a bull with bullet wounds in his front leg.
  Local school visit to the Voi Stockades (December 2012)
One aspect of the DSWT's Community Outreach Programme involves taking local school children on Field Trips into Tsavo National Park. For those schools close to our Elephant reintegration centre at Voi, this includes a once in a lifetime experience - as they visit the centre, meet the elephants and learn about our Orphans' Project and the role we all need to play for the future protection of elephants.
  The rescue of Quanza (November 2012)
On the 30th of October ATE and KWS contacted the DSWT about a shocking poaching incident in Amboseli National Park area, leaving a one year old female calf and orphan. The calf witnessed her mother and two sisters killed and their tusks hacked off by poachers. This short film tells Quanza's story. THIS FILM CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES OF POACHED ELEPHANTS.
  The DSWT Anti-Poaching Rangers Graduate from Manyani (October 2012)
On October 12th the graduates 'Passing Out' Parade was held at the Manyani Academy against the stunning backdrop of Tsavo in the presence of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, the DSWT Field Representatives, KWS officials and the proud families of the men who excelled through this grueling training schedule surpassing all expectations. The graduation ceremony presented the graduates during a faultless drill parade followed by the presentation of awards. The pride of the men during this heart-warming occasion was a joy to see and which was reflected in the following inspiring speeches. [PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE SECOND HALF OF THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES OF ELEPHANTS KILLED FOR THEIR IVORY]
  The rescue of Lemoyian (October 2012)
On the 9th of October the DSWT rescued a young calf from Amboseli National Park. This clip shows the story of the rescue.
  The rescue of Narok (October 2012)
This short films shows the rescue story of one of the DSWT orphans called Narok. She was rescued from the Masaai Mara on the 4th of October 2012.
  The rescue of Ngasha (September 2012)
On the 30th of September the DSWT was called upon to rescue a young elephant calf from Maungu area. This clip tells the story of the orphan's rescue.
  The rescue of Teleki (September 2012)
On Saturday the 11th of September we received a call from the KWS with news about an abandoned elephant calf in the community lands abutting Mount Kenya's forests. The fate of his mother remained unconfirmed but he was a suspected human wildlife conflict case. The DSWT rescued this calf and he is now under our care and on a journey to get re-integrated back in to the wild.
  The rescue of Faraja (August 2012)
This is the rescue story of Faraja, a young 7 month old partially albino elephant calf who is now being rehabilitated at the DSWT's Nairobi Nursery.
  Kasigau, Makireti and Ishanga move to Ithumba (August 2012)
On the 18th of August three of the Nairobi Nursery's older orphans namely Kasigau, Ishanga, and Makireti were moved to one of the DSWT's re-introduction centers in Tsavo East National Park known as Ithumba Unit. They arrived safely and received a very warm welcome from the ex-orphans and wild elephants who were there waiting for them upon their arrival. This short video shows the translocation process and the orphans arrival at Ithumba.
  The rescue of Kinango (August 2012)
On the 12th of August 2012 the DSWT rescued a tiny orphan from Shimba Hills area. This clip tells the rescue story of the orphan.
  The rescue of Kwale (August 2012)
On the 7th of August a young elephant orphan was rescued from Nyalani area which is close to Shimba Hills National Park in Kenya's Coast Province. This short clip shows the orphans rescue story.
  The rescue of Nyika (July 2012)
On 29th July 2012 the DSWT was called to the rescue of an orphaned male elephant, aged about 10 months. Named Nyika is a suspected poaching victim and his rescue story almost duplicates that of Bomani and Panda. Somali Cattle herders illegally graze their cattle in Tsavo East National Park in their thousands, and following attempts by KWS to drive them out, the herdsmen have vowed reprisals against the elephants who utilise this ancient migratory route. Some of the ranches bordering Tsavo are now leased from Taita tribesman to Somali's for grazing rights and with the current price of ivory as it is the area has become a poaching hotspot. This clip tells the story of Nyika’s rescue.
  The rescue of Bomani (July 2012)
On the 20th July 2012 the DSWT received the news that two orphaned Elephant calves were in need of rescue on that very day. Both took place simultaneously. One was a lone calf of about 1 year old who had been sited by the Electric Fence Maintenance team along a portion of the Nairobi -- Mombasa road behind the Voi Safari Lodge. The other had been alone since the 18th July on the Mgeno Ranch abutting Tsavo National Park. The younger of the two rescued was named Bomani. This clip tells the story of Bomani's rescue.
  Mulika's wild born baby Mwende's progress at Ithumba (July 2012)
On the 7th of November 2011 the Trust's ex-orphan Mulika gave birth to her 1st wild born calf. The calf was a female and named 'Mwende'. This clip shows baby Mwende's progress as she thrives and continues to lead a unique wild life amongst the ex-orphans and wild elephants alike.
  Murera's progress at the Nursery (June 2012)
A miracle is unfolding at the Nairobi Elephant Nursery and the name of that miracle is Murera, a young female elephant rescued from Meru National Park. Both her hind legs were injured from stepping on poison elephant spikes. Her recovery has been miraculous and her improvement in her short few months at the Nursery has lifted everyone's spirits.
  Rescue of Lorian (June 2012)
On the 25th of June the DSWT rescued an orphaned elephant from Rumuruti Forest in Kenya. This 3 week old male orphan was flown to one of the Trust's re-habilitation centers and will be cared for until eventually being re-introduced back into the wild.
  A Day in the Life at Ithumba (June 2012)
Witness a day in the life of the Ithumba orphans. These orphans are in the process of re-introduction into the wild and interact with ex-orphans and wild elephants regularly. They spend the day in Tsavo East National Park in order to expose them to a wild situation which will instigates the re-introduction process.
  The Orphans Project in Action - Kilaguni's Journey (June 2012)
In 2009 the DSWT rescued an elephant orphan from Kilaguni in Tsavo West National Park. This young orphan had been attacked by hyena and had bite wounds on his ears, body and lost his entire tail during the attack. He was cared for and raised at the DSWT's Nairobi Nursery and has become one of the Trust's great successes. This film tells Kilaguni's story so far while under the DSWT's care.
  An Elephant's Life Has Ended (May 2012) (Contains graphic images)
On the 30th of March an elephant was seen collapsed and it soon became clear the elephant was dead. This remarkable and rare footage of elephants gathering to mourn becomes all the more poignant with the knowledge that this elephant was a victim of poaching, shot with a poison arrow. The DSWT Mobile Veterinary Unit arrived at the scene and they discovered the poison arrow wound which killed the elephant. This tragic death could have been prevented. They followed procedures to remove the elephants tusks, sadly necessary to confiscate the ivory from the poachers and to ensure it did not enter the market and perpetuate the illegal ivory trade.
  Ex-orphan Shira returns to Voi (May 2012)
On the 13th May 2012 the Voi Unit Keeper Dependent Orphans, led by Lesanju, were at a waterhole enjoying a drink and a mudbath when a wild herd happened to pass by. Out of the herd rushed a young female elephant who instantly joined the Orphans, and was greeted with enormous enthusiasm. It turned out to be an ex-orphan called Shira who had not been seen in 2 years since she joined a wild family. Such incidences are one of the amazing occurrences of the Trust's work.
  Ndara's Treatment & Recovery (May 2012)
One of the DSWT's ex-orphans was injured with 3 arrow wounds. A joint effort from the Voi Keepers and the DSWT Mobile Vet Unit succeeded in helping her to recover and return to the wild.
  Rescue of Balguda (April 2012)
On the 21st of April the DSWT's Voi Keepers were called to rescue a young 6-7 month old orphan from the Voi River Circuit area in Tsavo East National Park. The orphan was rescued and kept at the Voi Stockades overnight before being flown to the Nairobi Nursery the following day.
  Rescue of Barsilinga (April 2012)
On the 15th of April the DSWT Rescued a 2 week old orphan from Northern Kenya, Wamba area. This calf tragically lost his mother to the on going Ivory Trade and was very lucky to be rescued by KWS and have a second chance at life.
  Olare's Story (March 2012)
This is the story of an orphan's journey under the Trust's care. Her circumstances of being orphaned were particularly dramatic, with her mother dying of a human-inflicted injury to the leg, and the calf not leaving her mother's side, had to be rescued as she was too young to survive in the wild on her own. This orphan, called Olare, is now being re-introduced back into the wild in our Ithumba Unit and she is thriving.
  The Rescue of Kanjoro (March 2012)
A lone baby elephant, aged about 20 months, was spotted alone on Ol Malo Ranch on about March 17th by the Ranch's Samburu Scouts who reported its presence to the Ranch owners, the Francombes. A Scout named Loponu was then allotted the task of monitoring the calf to verify that it was, indeed, an orphan with no chance of rejoining its natural family. The Rescue team equipped with all the necessary paraphernalia and medication immediately set off by air from Wilson Airport in Nairobi for the Ol Malo Ranch airstrip, where a truck and Helping Hands were awaiting them upon arrival.
  The Rescue of Murera (February 2012)
On the 21st of February the DSWT got alert from a camp manager in Meru National Park of a lone young elephant calf, who appeared to have a broken leg. The Camp Guides said that they had seen this orphaned elephant over the past few days. The rescue team was dispatched and by 4 p.m. the calf was captured and loaded into the Caravan Rescue Plane at Meru Mulika Lodge airfield. It was a young female, just over 2 years of age, severely lame from possibly having trodden on poisoned elephant spikes hidden just beneath the soil of an elephant trail -- a particularly brutal and cruel means of poaching not uncommon these days. By 8 p,m. the calf was safely back in the Nairobi Nursery, but too wild to handle, despite being incapacitated both by the foot injury to the right hind leg, and what looked liked a dislocated hip joint on one back leg.
  The Rescue and Death of Lumo (February 2012)
One month old "Lumo", rescued from the water of a dam in the Taita Hills Conservancy by the Salt Lick staff during the late evening of the 11th of Feb. Having spent the night there, the Rescue team from our Voi Elephant Stockades drove in to assess the size and condition of the calf, before calling Nairobi to organize the rescue plane. She came to the Nairobi Elephant Nursery on the 12th February, already in a weakened condition, obviously having been without her mother and milk for several days added to which she already had life threatening diarrhea. Oral anti-biotic and electrolytes instantly administered failed to halt the diarrhea, and although the calf fed well initially, downing 33 pints of formula milk in a 24 hour period, the diarrhea persisted until she stopped feeding at midnight on the l7th February, and was dead by the morning.
  The Rescue of Sonje (February 2012)
In the Galana Wildlife Conservancy, abutting the Eastern boundary of Tsavo East National Park, a lone calf of approximately 14 month old was sited alone on the 7th February 2012. The lone calf was again sited by the Galana Conservancy Warden on the 11th February, it now being clear that this was a milk dependent orphan with no chance of survival unless rescued. The capture took place on the 11th, the female orphan too weak and lame to put up much resistance. The right hind leg had a huge protrusion on the top joint which appeared to possibly be the result of a previous fracture.
  Yatta's First Born Wild Calf (January 2012)
In the depths of northern Tsavo East a unique baby was born; a baby elephant strengthening the bond between the wild herds of Tsavo and the orphaned elephants of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The Ithumba Unit's second wild-birth was sealed twenty-three months ago between twelve year-old Yatta and a young wild bull of twenty-six years. 'Yetu', which in Swahili means 'ours' was born on the 19th January 2012 and is a beautifully wild and healthy addition to a growing herd of elephants bridging the gap between the human and animal worlds. She is not only a symbol of hope for the future of elephants in an increasingly hostile human-world but a sign of balance between nature and mankind.
  The Rescue and Death of Moju (January 2012)
On the 25th of January 2012 The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust rescued an elephant orphan from Meru National Park. The orphan was in a very weak after being alone without her mother for several days and had also been attacked by hyena's who bit her tail off.
  The Rescue and Death of Lemek (January 2012)
On the 29th of January the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Team rescued a young elephant from the Masaai Mara. The orphan was named Lemek and had both physical and emotional problems which eventually led to her tragic death.
  Layoni, Rombo and Dabassa move to Voi (December 2011)
On the 28th of December The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust moved three orphans, namely Layoni, Dabassa, and Rombo to Tsavo East National Park to re-habilitate them back into the wild from the Trust's Voi Unit. This films shows their journey.
  Lissa's 4th wild born baby (December 2011)
Ex Orphan Lissa, born in l986, was a poaching victim of the three decades commonly known as "The Poaching Holcaust" . This orphan who was over two years old at the time and handed directly into the custody and care of the then elephant Matriarch, "Eleanor", who "mothered" all the orphans that were given to her aged two and older, including Ex Nairobi Nursery survivors. Lissa joined the wild in the 1990's and has since given birth to four wild born calves. And so, the tragic little orphan from Mackinnon Road rescued during the infamous Poaching Holocaust, who came in as a bag of bones with a mis-shapen hind leg, at 25 years old is now a very successful wild elephant mother of four wild-born young, 2 girls and 2 boys, and as such one of the Trust's proudest success stories.
  The Rescue of Orwa (November 2011)
On the morning of the 30th November 2011 the Keepers flew to the area and rescued the calf who is estimated to be about one year old, obviously a victim of either poaching or "problem animal control". He had been without his mother for some time, and in an advanced state of emaciation upon arrival. From the start, Orwa was a loner, deeply saddened and depressed over the loss of his elephant mother and family, choosing to stay apart from the other orphans, and trailing behind them, the epitome of misery, dejection and severe emaciation. Since his stools were problematical, he underwent an oral course of Suphadimidine, and since then has improved, now able to get up from a sleeping position without help. We are hopeful that time and tender loving care will heal this tough little elephant from the lava wastes of the South Turkana Game Reserve both psychologically and physically.
  The Rescue of Kithaka (November 2011)
On the 20th of November the Trust was called by KWS who rescued a young orphan from Meru National Park. The DSWT rescue Team was dispatched and he has been named Kithaka the Meru word for forest. He is a real character, larger than life and full of attitude and of course is absolutely adored by the older orphans in the Nursery.
  The Rescue of Sasab (November 2011)
On the 8th of November the DSWT rescued a young orphan from West Gate Community Conservancy after he was rescued by the Sasaab Lodge staff from the flood waters of the Ewaso Niro river.
  The Rescue of Layoni (November 2011)
On the 3rd of November the Nursery Unit Keepers rescued a two and a half year old calf whose mother is believed to have been poached. This short film tells the story of Layoni's rescue.
  The Birth of Mulika's Calf (November 2011)
Mulika came to the Trust's care as an orphan from Meru National Park in 2001, arriving at the Nairobi Elephant Nursery when 7 months old. From there, in the fullness of time, she was reintegration back into the resident wild elephant community of Tsavo East National Park. In November 2011 she gave birth to her first born wild calf, demonstrating the success of the DSWT's wild ex-orphans.
  The Rescue of Ishaq B (October 2011)
On the 30th of October the Nairobi Elephant Keepers embarked on a rescue from the Ishaqbini Ndera Conservancy which turned out to be one of the most challenging rescues they have ever undergone. This short film tells the story of Ishaq-B's rescue.
  The Rescue of Emsaya (October 2011)
On the 8th of October the Voi Elephant Keepers rescued a two year old calf whose mother is believed to have been poached. This short film tells the story of Emsaya's rescue.
  The Rescue of Kasigau (September 2011)
On the 23rd of September our Burra Anti-Poaching Team and Voi Elephant Keepers rescued a two and a half year old calf whose mother is believed to have been poached. This short film tells the story of Kasigau's rescue.
  A Happy Ending (September 2011)
Our elephant keepers at Voi are able to come to the aid of a baby elephant trapped in a waterhole, reuniting it with its mother.
  The Rescue of Rombo (August 2011)
On 27th August our Ziwani Anti-Poaching Team and Voi Elephant Keepers found and rescued a two year old calf whose mother is believed to have been poached. This short film tells the story of Rombo’s rescue.
  Water Is Life (August 2011)
In 2011 Kenya endured a drought throughout much of Northern Kenya, and Tsavo is certainly under the grip of yet another extremely dry year. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is proud to have been able to help the Kenya Wildlife Service and Tsavo’s rich biodiversity by providing artificial water sources along the main Tourist Circuit in the form of boreholes and Windmills. The Trust monitors and funds the maintenance of all these vital water sources regularly to ensure that they always remain functional, for in these times Water really is Life.
  The Rescue of Dabassa (August 2011)
On 8th August our teams were called to the rescue of a 21 month old male calf, in the Tsavo Conservation Area. This is the story of Dabassa’s rescue on that day.
  Move of Ololoo, Kalama and Chemi Chemi to Ithumba (August 2011)
In August 2011, orphan elephants Ololoo, Kalama and Chemi Chemi graduated from the Nairobi Nursery to the reintegration centre run by the DSWT in Ithumba, Tsavo East National Park. This film tells the story of their move and all that goes into moving three elephants!
  The Rescue of Mumbushi (July 2011)
On 5th July we received a call that an orphan baby elephant needed our help. A rescue team was mobilised and took to the air to get to Mumbushi, here’s his rescue story.
  Loisaba’s last days (June 2011)
Loisaba had returned to the wild, a success story of the DSWT's orphans' project, having been rescued and hand-reared from a baby. 13 year old Loisaba was seen to be becoming ill in 2011, this film tells the story of Loisaba's last days.
  Murka, Kitirua and Naisula move to Ithumba (May 2011)
May 2011 and Murka, Kitirua and Naisula begin the next stage of their rehabilitation, as they travel to the DSWT’s reintegration centre in Ithumba. One of two centres in the Tsavo East National Park, where orphaned elephants can mix with wild elephants and progress their journey back to the wild.
  Kainuk's Progress
A progress video from March 2011 showing Kainuk's first days in the elephant nursery. She was found by tribemen next to her mother who is suspected to have died of the harsh drought conditions.
  Shida's Move
Shida is one of the lucky few still to be alive. He was afforded a second chance of life when he was rescued as an orphan. Now he has been given his third and last chance if he is able to settle in Tsavo and make that his permanent home. The Trust can take credit for his life, as can all the foster-parents who have helped us steer him into adulthood and the KWS Professionals who moved him so proficiently.
  Beautiful Story on elephants at CNN
  The Tsavo Orphans
Created by Channel G, a 501c3 non profit organisation, this short format documentary highlights the work of the DSWT in the rescue and rehabilitation of orphan animals and the protection of Kenya's wilderness. Channel G have donated the film to us and will use it themselves to generate awareness of the plight facing Kenya's wildlife and our efforts to it.
  Elephant Orphans
Since 1987, we have successfully hand-reared more than 70 orphaned elephants and 17 black rhino orphans. Rescued baby elephants and rhinos are first taken to our nursery in Nairobi National Park, where we begin the difficult task of rearing these babies, so that they might return to the wild when grown. In this clip the head keeper at our Nairobi Nursery talks a little about what is involved in caring for fragile baby elephants.
 
  Anti-Poaching
We currently operate seven anti-poaching teams tasked with protecting wildlife and tackling the illegal bushmeat trade. This film provides insight into the work of our anti-poaching teams, including the removal of illegal snares and the arrest poachers.
 
  Community Outreach
We are becoming increasingly active within communities bordering Kenya’s National Parks, where incidents of human-wildlife conflict are most common. We work closely with communities and schools to develop an understanding of our work and the value of wildlife and habitats – as the future of wildlife is ultimately in the hands of the people.
 
  Other Assistance
Kenya’s wildlife comes under the protection of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). We work closely with this organisation to help them protect all wildlife and assist them in carrying out their role. This film shows a little of what it is we are able to do to help the KWS.
  Elephant Diaries
BBC Worldwide has produced a series of 26 short films, taken from its television series 'Elephant Diaries'. The films provide a taster for the full series and a unique insight into our orphans' project. The short films are all available to watch on YouTube and we have provided here the link to the first film.

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