The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Newest Arrival at the Trust:

Name  ELKERAMA ELKERAMA - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Location Found  Elkarama Ranch Laikipia
Age on Arrival  Two and a half years old
Comments on Place Found  Observed on his own for a period of three weeks , always on the periphary of wild herds but unable to join a herd
Reason for being Orphaned  Reason Unknown

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

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign The DSWT iWorry Campaign

    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. Reunited; a happy ending for one elephant family - 6/29/2015

    It was another beautiful day on the 27th of June down in Tsavo East with the Voi elephant keepers and the Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit engaged in a normal day’s activities when a call was received that changed the day, and things went from normal to extraordinary. (read more)

    Keepers moving in to rescue the trapped calf Rescuing a sticken calf The baby is reunited with her mother and herd






  1. Safi turns One - 6/27/2015

    As a token of appreciation from the KWS Meru National Park’s Rhino Sanctuary and in recognition of the efforts the Trust has been making within the Meru ecosystem, the DSWT was given the great honour of naming the Sanctuary’s newest rhino calf, who was born in 2014. (read more)

  1. Monthly Report from the DSWT/KWS Anti-poaching Units - 6/23/2015

    During the month of May 247 snares were recovered by the teams on duty (Meru - 137, Burra - 21, Kenze - 36, Ithumba - 17, Ziwani - 36). (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 DSWT Aerial Surveillance Unit May 2015 - 6/19/2015

    The DSWT Aerial Unit enjoyed a fairly quiet month during May with fewer poaching incidences in the protected areas, particularly involving snaring and poisoned arrow poaching. (read more)

  1. Tsavo Eye and Dental Mission - 6/17/2015

    In pursuit of the DSWT’s objective to support communities bordering the Tsavo Conservation Area through education, improved livelihoods and healthcare, a free eye and dental program was organised during the month of May with support from staff and surgeons from MEAK (Medical and Educational Aid to Kenya). (read more)

    an operation in progress patients waiting after cataract treatment another operation by the team

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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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