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As one of Africa’s oldest wildlife charities and a leading conservation organisation, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) embraces all measures that complement the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife.
Our Mission & History
Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was established more than 40 years ago and is best known for its Orphans' Project, the first and most successful elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation program in the world. The Sheldrick Trust is a pioneering conservation organisation, dedicated to the protection of wildlife and the preservation of habitats in East Africa.
The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is based in Nairobi, Kenya, with a field headquarters bordering Tsavo East National Park. The (David) Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a separately registered charity in the UK and is directly supported by The (David) Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA, a registered 501(c)(3) in the United States.
Our conservation partners play a vital role in protecting Africa’s threatened wildlife and conserving habitats, while our corporate friends support us in a plethora of ways, from percentage of sales contributions to skills sharing, all with the intention of giving back to wildlife.
We work across Kenya to secure safe havens for wildlife. We not only work to protect elephants and rhinos, but entire ecosystems and the diverse flora and fauna sustained in these places of stunning natural beauty.
Flora and fauna in Kenya face a myriad of challenges that threaten their long term future. Few ecosystems still exist where the impact of human activity has not been felt, threatening biodiversity and the long term survival of many species.
We protect a number of threatened and endangered species across Kenya including black and white rhinos, as well as iconic animals like African elephants. By protecting keystone species, we ensure a plethora of other animals and ecosystems continue to survive and, more importantly, thrive.
Over the years the work of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has been featured in numerous publications, television productions and films. This has helped more people around the world better understand the nature of elephants, rhinos and other wild species and importantly the efforts being taken by the Trust to protect them.