Orphans' Project

Rescuing orphan elephants, rhinos, and other species, raising them with specialist care, and reintegrating them into a protected wilderness

At the heart of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program.


Orphans successfully raised


Successfully hand-raised


Babies born to wild living orphan elephants

The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.

Support our Orphans’ Project

Adopt one of the orphans in our care and be a part of their future.