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Location Rescued
Gender  Female
Date of Birth  Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location Found  Rukinga Ranch
Age on Arrival  2.5 years
Comments on Place Found  Ukame was rescued during the height of the drought in Tsavo in dire circumstances, she was found weak and malnurished standing under a tree on Rukinga Ranch
Reason for being Orphaned  Drought Related

Latest News & Updates:

  1. The DSWT 2016 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. February Monthly Aerial Report - 3/15/2017

    In the month of February, eight aircraft descended on Tsavo for the 2017 Tsavo-Mkomazi Elephant Census. (read more)





  1. Sky Vet successfully treats injured elephant in the Mara - 3/9/2017

    Late on 27th February, DSWT CEO Angela Sheldrick received a call from KWS and then from Marc Goss of the Mara Elephant Project about an injured elephant in the Trans Mara, which was reported to be almost immobile and a victim of increased human-wildlife conflict in the region. (read more)

    Preparing the medicine and dart gun Cleaning up after treatment KWS vet Dr Njoroge cleaning the wound Reversing the anesthetic
  1. A monthly Aerial Report from the Tsavo Conservation Area - January - 3/3/2017

    January’s report has been a very difficult one to complete, hence the delay, given that we suffered a terrible tragedy. (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. The rescue of Karisa - 2/14/2017

    On the 23rd of November we had the heart breaking task of rescuing a baby elephant from Kirisia Forest in Northern Kenya, whose mother had a shattered leg caused by a bullet. (read more)

  1. The Rescue of Humpty the Little Hippo - 2/8/2017

    On the 22 December Angela Sheldrick received a report from Lamu from Fuzz Dyer regarding an orphaned hippo that required saving, and plans were put in place to conduct this rescue the following day together with KWS Veterinary officer, Dr. (read more)

    Humpty a few days after rescue Milk time! Frans and Humpty Humpty in her pool

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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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