The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Newest Arrival at the Trust:

Name  ALAMAYA ALAMAYA - Adopt this Orphan

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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Sunday, January 12, 2014
Location Found  Purungat area, near the Mara Bridge in the Maasai Mara National Reserve
Age on Arrival  14 months
Comments on Place Found  Found abandoned by the Mara Conservancy wardens and rangers
Reason for being Orphaned  Reason Unknown

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT Wilderness Journal, 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

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

    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. Monthly Report from the Aerial Surveillance Unit - 3/27/2015

    Deep into the dry season this month the Aerial Unit has been busy working in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service in providing security over the greater Tsavo Conservation Area – this month even patrolling as far as the Kenya-Tanzania border where two elephants carcasses were sighted, evidence showing they had been killed by Tanzanian poachers. (read more)






  1. The rescue of Siangiki - 3/27/2015

    Early evening on the 26th January Angela Sheldrick received a call from Dr. Limo, a KWS Veterinary officer seconded to the DSWT Mara Mobile Veterinary Unit, regarding an orphaned calf that had been seen by Save the Elephant Rangers while on their daily patrol. (read more)

  1. Two Success Stories; Voi Keepers to the Rescue - 3/14/2015

    Mzima’s crystal clear springs that bubble up from the porous lava rock in the middle of Tsavo West National Park, is an oasis fringed with raffia palms in an otherwise arid land. (read more)

    Mzima Springs Aerial View Stuck on the slippery sides A stranded baby needs help Reunited!!

Foster an orphan elephant
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. ‘Gardeners of Eden’ launches in London - 3/8/2015

    On Friday 27th February, we were delighted to welcome over 450 people to the Royal Geographical Society in London to launch our compelling film ‘Gardeners of Eden’. (read more)

  1. Another Historical Event as His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta Sets Ablaze 15tonnes of Confiscated Ivory Sending a Powerful Message Around the World - 3/6/2015

    On the 3rd March, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta set ablaze 15 tonnes of confiscated ivory. (read more)

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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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