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Name  LARRO LARRO - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Thursday, March 15, 2018
Location Found  Olarro Conservancy, Masai Mara
Age on Arrival  10 Months
Comments on Place Found  Found alone with no elephant herds in sight
Reason for being Orphaned  Human / Wildlife Conflict

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT 2017 Newsletter, The Unsung Heroes, and An African Love Story

    The Unsung Heroes - Daphne Sheldrick An African Love Story

    DSWT 40 Years Strong, Watch our teams in action and Shop to Support

    DSWT 40 Years Strong Shop to Support

  1. The Rescue of Maarifa - 2/15/2019

    In the Meru National Park Rhino Sanctuary, a routine early morning security patrol by KWS on 1st November happened upon a female white rhino struggling to extract her tiny new born calf from a muddy pool. (read more)

    Arriving at the Nursery First milk for Maarifa Maarifa out in the forest Maarifa with one of the Keepers



2018 was a year full of highs, lows and some incredible success stories for Kenya's wildlife. From successful orphan rescues to wild graduations, new wild born babies to emergency veterinary operations and much, much more! This video offers a glimpse into what we achieved in 2018 with the help of our supporters and field partners.

Spread the word, let’s tell the world about the incredible work we're doing together and inspire others to join us and heed nature’s call - our home is their home and our lives are entwined.


  1. News on Emily's growing herd - 2/15/2019

    The Voi Reintegration Unit was the original Unit, built back in the day when David Sheldrick was the founder warden of Tsavo National Park, with his wife Daphne by his side. (read more)

    Emma, Mweya and a wild bill Mweya and Emily Lesanju, baby Neptune, Sweet Sally and Ndara Emily
  1. Mbirikani's return! - 2/15/2019

    The Keepers at the Voi stockades were delighted on the 8th of this month when, out of nowhere, nine year old Mbirikani arrived at the stockade compound just before seven in the evening. (read more)

    Mbegu meeting Mbirikani Mbirikani Ndotto meeting Mbirikani Mbirikani

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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. DSWT Aerial Surveillance Report January 2019 - 2/5/2019

    January was surprisingly quiet for illegal activities. Routine aerial patrols across much of the Park turned up no fresh illegal activities at all. (read more)

  1. Malkia, Ndiwa and Sana Sana move to Ithumba - 1/24/2019

    December 4th was a big day for Nursery orphan females Malkia, Ndiwa and Sana Sana who, in the very early hours, were loaded onto our customised elephant moving lorry after weeks of familiarization, to begin the next stage in their eventual journey back to the wild. (read more)

    Loading Malkia, Ndiwa and Sana Sana in Nairobi Feeding the orphans en route Esampu, Malkia and Ndiwa New arrivals

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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, 5 ‘Aerial Surveillance’ planes and a rapid response helicopter, whilst being active in ‘Saving Habitats’, ‘Conservation Initiatives’ and ‘Community Outreach’.

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