About us

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 45 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 Wildlife Trust is a pioneering conservation organisation, dedicated to the protection of wildlife and the preservation of habitats in East Africa.

Our Global Offices

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is based in Nairobi, Kenya, with a field headquarters bordering Tsavo East National Park. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a separately registered charity in the UK and is directly supported by Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA, a registered 501(c)(3) in the United States.

Our Partners

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.

Where we work

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.

Visiting the Nairobi Orphanage

We open our doors to the public for one-hour every day. This is a special, time-honoured tradition in which we invite the public to learn more about our conservation work and meet the orphans in our care. Those wishing to visit need to make a booking in advance, to ensure there is availability.

Wildlife Challenges

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.

Species we Protect

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.

Featuring Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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.

Support our wildlife projects

Your support will be directed towards programmes to improve livelihoods and engage communities living alongside wildlife.