The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  January 2016
Location Found  Amboseli National Park
Age on Arrival  4 months
Comments on Place Found  Discovered by a Community member stuck in mud - reported to Big Life Foundation
Reason for being Orphaned  Stuck in Mud

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

    Deterrence-The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Air Wing

    Deterrence is a film about the extraordinary partnership between the Kenya Wildlife Service and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - and their common mission to put poachers out of business.

    More than just boots on the ground and eyes in the sky, the coordinated operations of an expanded Air Wing are now able to convince a would-be poacher that the risks of entering the park are no longer worth the reward.

    Join us in protecting Kenya's wildlife. Support the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

  1. Sky Vets Saving Wild Lives - 6/24/2016

    During February to May 2016 the DSWT/KWS Sky Vet program was called to handle 15 wildlife cases several of which were supported by the DSWT helicopter to help with elephant darting operations as well as search and monitoring operations using the DSWT’s fixed-wing aircrafts. (read more)





  1. The DSWT/KWS monthly Anti-Poaching Report - 6/23/2016

    This month the DSWT was excited to launch a new Anti-Poaching Unit.  The ‘Yatta’ Unit is the ninth unit to be funded and managed by the Trust and follows a similar model to the other units with an 8-man ranger team equipped with a 4x4 vehicle and a full mobile camping unit with camera, binoculars, GPS and radios. (read more)

  1. Giving Wildlife a Second Chance in the Stunning Meru Wilderness - 6/23/2016

    The protected Meru Conservation Area covers over 5,000sq kilometres and includes Meru National Park, Kora National Park, Bisiandi, Mwingi and Rahole National Reserves and is the second largest contiguous elephant habitat after the Tsavo’s. (read more)

    Beautiful sunrise Zebra in Meru Family of elephants drinking from the river Treating a rhino for filariasis

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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. Securing the Future for Wildlife in Lamu - 6/21/2016

    Saving precious parcels of land before they are lost forever is extremely important for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust,  and we are  privileged to be the custodians of a corner of Kenya that is home to some of the greatest biodiversity on the African continent. (read more)

    Flowers of Amu Coastal Topi and Zebra Hundreds of Eland in Amu Wetland Flowers
  1. Monthly Aerial Report - 6/15/2016

    May was a quiet month for the Aerial Surveillance Unit although the pilots patrolled nearly 10,000kms over the Tsavo Conservation Area spending a combined 74 hours in the air helping to keep a tight security presence over the region. (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, 5 ‘Aerial Surveillance’ planes and a rapid response helicopter, whilst being active in ‘Saving Habitats’, ‘Conservation Initiatives’ and ‘Community Outreach’.

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