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Newest Arrival at the Trust:

Name  BOROMOKO BOROMOKO - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Location Found  Boromoko - Mara Triangle
Age on Arrival  15 months old
Comments on Place Found  Found wandering the plains of the Mara Conservancy
Reason for being Orphaned  Suspected Poaching Victim

Latest News & Updates:

  1. Schools 4 Schools, DSWT Overview, and An African Love Story

    DWST Overview An African Love Story

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

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    Wild - Kenya’s Elephants and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

    From the front lines, this short film tells the ongoing story of the elephant poaching crisis in Kenya and the work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) to protect the species.

    At the current rate elephant poaching, with an estimated one elephant killed every 15 minutes for its ivory, a lack of action could see the loss of wild elephants in Africa by 2025.

    You can play a part in saving the elephant and the time to act is now - there is so much we can do. Begin by getting involved here:

    You can help further by donating online to support the Orphans’ Project and the Anti-Poaching efforts of the DSWT.

  1. Wild Born Baby Emma - 3/1/2015

    It is with a sense of joy, wonder and amazement that we see wild newborn, and wild living little ‘Emma’ racing around the legs of her vigilant ex orphan ‘Nannies’ as well as those of Emily, her mother, who came to us in early infancy as an orphan and who was, like many other newborn orphaned peers, so problematical to steer through the first three milk dependent years of early elephant life, and most especially through the first four months needed to cut their first set of four infant molars. (read more)






  1. Elephant bull treated on the 23rd of Feb - 2/27/2015

    On Feb 23 2015, while on regular patrol in the southern Tsavo East NP, one of our pilots in the Trust's Super Cub sighted a bull elephant with a severe arrow wound in his left flank. (read more)

  1. Aerial Surveillance Report for January 2015 - 2/26/2015

    January, the month of transition from wet to dry is always a month where the Aerial Unit has to be on special watch for poaching activity around waterholes as Tsavo dries up. (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. January Report from the DSWT's Anti-Poaching Units - 2/26/2015

    January saw a sharp increase in snaring activity over last month. Meru team alone recovered 179 snares, mostly intended for small game. (read more)

  1. Reunited with Ndume - 2/24/2015

    Imagine our joy upon discovering that the ‘wild’ bull who had been habitually drinking fresh shower water at Mark Deeble and Vicky Stone’s camp on the lower reaches of the seasonal Voi River turned out to be none other than ‘Ndume’ our 26 years old ex orphan. (read more)

    Ndume on his first day in the Nursery Jan 1989 Daphne with Ndume and Malaika Daphne with Ndume 1993 Ndume - and old friend reunited

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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, 4 ‘Aerial Surveillance’ planes and a rapid response helicopter, whilst being active in ‘Saving Habitats’, ‘Conservation Initiatives’ and ‘Community Outreach’.

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