The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Dedicated to the preservation of Africa's endangered Elephants



The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a small, flexible charity, established in 1977 to honour to memory of a famous Naturalist, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, where he served from its inception in 1948 until his transfer to Nairobi in 1976 to head the Planning Unit of the newly created Wildlife Conservation & Management Department. David died 6 months later but his legacy of excellence and the systems he installed for the management of Tsavo and wildlife generally in Kenya, particularly in the sphere of wildlife husbandry and ethics, lives on.

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I had first heard of the orphanage on 60 minutes. I was struck by the devotion and gentleness of the keepers, and the commitment of Dame Daphne Sheldrick. Who has been running the orphanage for 30 years. She spoke beautifully of our responsibility to these wild animals that we humans have pushed from their natural habitat. At one point she was moved to tears recounted the most recent baby elephant to die upon reaching the orphanage, despite the best efforts of the vets there to keep it alive. I was planning a trip to my favorite spot in Kenya, Campi ya Kanzi (an environmentally friendly safari camp run cooperatively with the Maasai)- so I wanted to stop over an visit the Sheldrick orphanage as well. Little did I know that my good friend Ame and I would have the incredible experience of getting to help an orphaned baby elephant ourselves!

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