Orphaned elephants under the care of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust staff are reintegrated into a fully protected wild area by keepers who behave more like mothers.
DWST runs the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world
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. At the heart of the DSWT’s conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program.
The DSWT is dedicated to the protection and conservation of wildlife and habitats in Kenya
To date the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo, claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in their care. The DSWT is dedicated to the protection and conservation of wildlife and habitats in Kenya. Best known for the rescue and hand-rearing of milk dependent orphaned baby elephants and rhinos, so that they can return to the wild when grown, the DSWT also manages anti-poaching teams, mobile veterinary units and community outreach programs.
Below: images reveal affection between the keepers and their young charges.
Bottom: watch and listen as a keeper describes a typical day at the trust for the young elephants and the men who take care of them.
You Can Make A Real Difference Through The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Fostering Program
"Please help us help an orphaned elephant by fostering one of the orphans directly through our website as a gift of life" — Daphne Sheldrick.