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Name  MALIMA MALIMA - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Location Found  Infront of Aruba Lodge
Age on Arrival  5 months old
Comments on Place Found  Found in a state of collapse on a mound of earth infront of Aruba lodge
Reason for being Orphaned  Drought Related

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT 2015 Newsletter, DSWT Overview, and An African Love Story

    DWST Overview An African Love Story

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign, The DSWT Give a Gift Website and DSWT in Action

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign The DSWT iWorry Campaign David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Action

    A Homage to Tsavo

    In 2017 we mark the 40th anniversary of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and our mission to protect and conserve wildlife and habitats in Kenya. Throughout that time, Tsavo National Park, a bastion for wildlife, has been home to the DSWT's field operations as well as countless wild species, most famously, its resident elephant herds. We are proud to play a pivotal role in protecting this incredible wilderness, and invite you to join our founder Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick as she takes you on a journey of Tsavo in the beautiful film, A Homage to Tsavo. Your support helps us protect this priceless wilderness, and all the life so reliant on it, and we hope you fall in love with this magical place as much as we have.

    You can help us safeguard Tsavo for the next 40 years, through our conservation projects, by visiting:

  1. Monthly Report from the DSWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Units - 1/19/2017

    Although generally a quiet month, during December the Anti-Poaching Units kept up their guard, patrolling the Tsavo Conservation Area, creating a vital security presence whilst supporting bordering communities and preventing further wildlife crimes. (read more)





  1. The Move of Naseku, Kauro and Tusuja to Ithumba - 1/13/2017

    Hot on the heels of the previous move, it was a quick turnaround to get the next three orphans earmarked for the Ithumba relocation Unit down to join best friends Oltaiyoni, Kamok and Roi. (read more)

    Making sure Naseku, Tusuja and Kauro are secure Offloading Naseku at Ithumba with milk Naseku being welcome by the other orphans Kamok, Roi and Oltaiyoni walking with the keepers
  1. Kamok, Roi and Oltaiyoni Make the Move to Ithumba - 1/12/2017

    On the 28th of December 2016 two of our naughty Nursery girls, along with oldest female Oltaiyoni, made the journey to DSWT’s Ithumba Relocation Unit in the Northern Area of Tsavo East National Park. (read more)

    Oltaiyoni loaded into the moving lorry Kamok, Oltaiyoni and Roi having their first milk bottle Orwa welcoming Roi Sokotei, Kamok and Olsekki browsing

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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. December's Aerial Report - 1/12/2017

    The much-needed rains, which began in November, continued through most of December across much of Tsavo, although they were late in areas around Voi. (read more)

  1. Emily's Ex Orphan Herd Return on the 1st December 2016 - 1/9/2017

    Tsavo National Park and its important environs encompass a vast area of 16,000 square miles and is home to Kenya’s largest population of elephants, currently standing at a population of some 11,000 in number. (read more)

    Icholta and Inca in Emily's herd Emily's Ex Orphan herd at the Voi stockades Thor playing at his mothers feet Lentili having a soft spot for Thor

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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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