The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (also commonly reffered to as the Elephant Orphanage) is located on a plot inside Nairobi National Park, 7 km from the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (Elephant Orphanage) is a non-profit organization established in 1977 in honor of the late David Sheldrick – the founder warden […]

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (also commonly reffered to as the Elephant Orphanage) is located on a plot inside Nairobi National Park, 7 km from the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (Elephant Orphanage) is a non-profit organization established in 1977 in honor of the late David Sheldrick – the founder warden of Tsavo National park. David and his Kenya born wife Daphne pioneered techniques of raising orphaned animals and re-introducing them back to the wild. Sheldrick animal orphanage is the first to successfully hand-rear infant elephants and return them to the elephant community in the National Parks when grown. For 28 years, Daphne Sheldrick struggled to perfect the complex animal husbandry and milk formula for the infant elephants.

Orphaned by poachers and natural causes, infant elephants face certain death and can only survive the trauma if adopted and nurtured until they can be independent. The orphaned animals at Sheldrick animal orphanage are give 24 hours care by their keepers who became their replacement family. Sheldrick Wildlife Trust works in close ties with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in various projects.

The trust has a mobile veterinary unit that serves Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. The unit also covers Amboseli National Park , Shimba hill National Park and Chyulu Hills. The trust also operates de-snaring teams in the expansive Tsavo National Park. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has also been involved in massive re-location of elephants between major National Parks. Sheldrick Animal orphanage is located just a few minutes from Nairobi and it’s a heartwarming experience that should not be missed. It is open for visitors strictly between 11 am and 12noon when the orphans are enjoying their habitual mad bath.

Projects

  • Orphans’ Project – Rescue and rehabilitation back to the wild of orphaned infant elephants, rhinos and other animals.
  • Aerial Surveillance – Eyes in the sky to protect wildlife, prevent illegal activity and support ground teams
  • Anti-Poaching – Deploying boots on the ground for the protection of elephants, rhinos and other wild species
  • Canine Unit – Sniffing out poachers and wildlife offenders across the Tsavo Conservation Area
  • Community Outreach – Improving livelihoods, supporting education and engaging communities living alongside wildlife
  • Saving Habitats – Protecting the future of all wildlife and biodiversity
  • Eco Lodges – Supporting Kenya’s wildlife through sustainable tourism in the Tsavo Conservation Area
  • Veterinary Unit – Alleviating the suffering of injured and sick wild animals
  • Water for Wildife – Providing permanent and temporary water sources for wildlife
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