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Location Rescued
Gender  Male
Date of Birth  Sunday, February 12, 2012
Location Found  Amboseli National Park
Age on Arrival  2 Years old
Comments on Place Found  Found protecting his dying mother who had collapsed in a water hole too weak to stand
Reason for being Orphaned  Sick Mother

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT 2013 Newsletter, 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 The DSWT Wilderness Journal

    The DSWT iWorry Campaign The DSWT iWorry Campaign David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Wilderness Journal

    Ivory Victims

    We tell the ongoing story of the elephant poaching crisis in Kenya and the threat to elephants throughout Africa. We hear from elephant keeper Julius and Nick Trent, DSWT's pilot working together with The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in Kenya's massive Tsavo National Park. The time to act is now - and there is so much we can do.

    Begin by getting involved here: A campaign of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT)

    Through the iworry campaign, the DSWT successfully organised the single largest public demonstration for elephants on Friday October 4th 2013. The International March for Elephants resulted in more than 18,000 people from around the world taking to the streets in support of elephants and to urge world leaders to take measure to stop the poaching, stop the trade and stop the demand for ivory. We are calling for a complete ban on all international and domestic trade in ivory and urging governments around the world to invest more resources into wildlife protection at a field level, to strengthen penalties for those involved in the illicit ivory trade and to heighten security at ports and borders, as well as to invest in educational efforts to stop the demand for ivory.

    The fight to save the elephant continues. Find out how you can take action today:

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

  1. Aerial Surveillance for the Month of March - 4/16/2014

    Working together with KWS our aerial support for the Tsavo Conservation Area has been extensive throughout the month of March. (read more)






  1. March Report from the DSWT's Mobile Veterinary Units - 4/15/2014

    During the month of March the three DSWT/KWS Mobile Veterinary Units, which operate within the Tsavo Conservation Area, the Maasai Mara and the greater Meru ecosystem, treated 20 cases of which 9 were elephants, 5 were lions and 3 were black rhinos, as well as several other species. (read more)

    Snared elephant Speared crocodile Rhinos Injured lioness
  1. Community Outreach - March 2014 - 4/14/2014

    In March 2014, the DSWT’s Community Outreach program hosted 10 field trips, 5 wildlife film shows, and donated sports equipment and desks. (read more)

    On a field trip Video show Desk donation Sports equipment donation

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. Kamunyu School Expansion - 4/10/2014

    Kamunyu School is situated within the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Peregrine Conservation Area, where the Trust’s Kaluku head-quarters are located. (read more)

    The expansion work begins Trenches dug for the walls to begin being laid Walls now above ground Kamunyu students watching the builders
  1. Sky Vets in Action in the Mara - 4/4/2014

    At 9am on the 4th April a call was received from Governor’s Camp in the Masai Mara about a lioness named ‘Siena’, who was injured on her left lower flank by the horn of a buffalo bull one kilometre west of the marsh culvert. (read more)

    The lioness's wound was deep and extensive The vet has to stitch the flesh before the skin The sutures were finally finished The tranquilliser was reversed

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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 8 full-time Anti-Poaching and Desnaring Units, 3 Mobile Veterinary Units and the Sky Vets initiative, 3 ‘Aerial Surveillance’ planes whilst being active in ‘Saving Habitats’, ‘Conservation Initiatives’ and ‘Community Outreach’.

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