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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  Sunday, November 6, 2016
Location Found  Mapea Gap, Tsavo East National Park
Age on Arrival  1 year
Comments on Place Found  Found in a collapsed state and left by the herd
Reason for being Orphaned  Drought Related

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, The DSWT Give a Gift Website and DSWT in Action

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  1. Happy orphans Mbegu, Ndotto, Lasayen, Murit, Godoma and Ngilai at Voi - 7/5/2018

    Mbegu, Ndotto, Lasayen, Murit, Godoma and Ngilai made their big move to our Voi Reintegration Unit well over a month ago and in that time we have seen them wholly embrace their new surroundings. (read more)

    Voi elephant orphans Ngilai with his Keeper Bathing Mbegu





  1. Shukuru Moves to Umani Springs - 7/3/2018

    On Saturday 16th June, after six months spent convalescing at our Nairobi Nursery, Shukuru made the journey to our Umani Springs Reintegration Unit, where she has joined our happy herd of 11 orphans. (read more)

    Shukuru coming out of the lorry Shukuru meeting Murera and Sonje All the orphans at Umani wanting to know Shukuru Shukuru happy at Umani
  1. DSWT June 2018 Aerial Report - 7/3/2018

    June proved to be a month of change; the rains which have graced the greater Tsavo area in the last few months have subsided, and water has become less widespread in all corners of the park. (read more)

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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. Esampu, Mteto and Mundusi move to Ithumba - 6/29/2018

    Over the years we have planned and completed many translocation journeys when we move our little Nursery dependents on to one of the Trust’s three Reintegration Units within the vast Tsavo conservation area. (read more)

    Esampu, Mteto and Mundusi coming out of the lorry Esampu, Mundusi and Mteto Mundusi being greeted by the other orphans Ex-orphans greeting Esampu
  1. Ngilai, Godoma and Murit move to Voi - 6/14/2018

    The end of May was a busy time for our Orphans' Project, Keepers and staff with much planning and many moving parts required to pull-off two elephant moves to our Voi Reintegration Unit in just three days. (read more)

    Murit and Ngilai loaded Godoma and Murit after disembarking Heading out on the first day Godoma, Ngilai and Murit in the park

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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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