Foster an Orphan as a Christmas Gift

"Please help us to help elephants and rhinos by fostering one of the orphans
directly through our website as a gift of life "
Angela Sheldrick

Our fostering program is entirely digital, and for as little as US$50 a year, you can give this
truly special gift to loved ones wherever they live in the world, and you can even create
your gift fostering on Christmas Day!

( Note: If you do not want to adopt an orphan as a Christmas present, please go to the main fostering area instead)

The Orphans’ Project Foster Parent Program

Via email your gift will include:

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A personalised fostering certificate with a profile and photograph of your chosen orphan.
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An interactive rescue map indicating where your orphan was found.
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A monthly email summary on the Orphans’ Project, with a direct link to the ‘Keepers’ Diary’, where your gift recipient will be able to access the daily calendar entries and photos about their orphan.
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A collectable monthly watercolour by Angela Sheldrick.
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Perhaps most importantly, as one of our foster parents, your gift recipient will be considered part of our extended human-elephant family; and if they are ever in Kenya, they will be welcome to join our visit just for foster parents

Our fostering program is digital to reduce admin costs, including postage and packaging, which not only ensures more of your donation goes to where it is most needed, it is also kinder for the planet we share with our fellow animals.

Choose an elephant orphan whose story touches your heart and whose name appeals to you.  

The Trust likes to name its orphaned elephants in a way that can identify them with their origin. The orphans come from all corners of Kenya and from many different elephant populations, so they are usually given place or ethnic tribal names.


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Or, Select an Orphan from the full list below:


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Chistmas Fostering

Why foster an orphan?

The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.

Infant elephants and rhinos would not survive without intervention, and over the last 40 years the DSWT has rescued, and hand-raised more than 245 orphans. More than 145 of them are now living back in the wild, and we have been witness to 30 wild born babies – infants born to elephants we have rescued, raised and helped return to the wild.

Our success in helping these infants is thanks to both; the pioneering efforts of Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE, the founder of the Trust, who was the first person in the world to successfully hand-raise milk dependent orphan elephants and rhinos; and our foster parent family. Without the support of a compassionate global public, we would struggle to provide for every orphan’s needs, as they are much like human infants, requiring constant care, security and nourishment to survive and ultimately thrive.

By fostering an orphan as a gift for someone you care about, you will not only be giving them a unique and wonderful gift, you will be helping us be there for the 80+ orphans in our care today, and those in need of our help tomorrow.

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