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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

This wildlife trust is dedicated to orphaned elephant rescue and conservation. 


There aren’t many animals as iconic, characteristic, and memorable as elephants. Such large and powerful creatures, yet gentle and tranquil. Being able to witness an elephant in person is always a remarkable experience. Most people will probably only see them in places like zoos, but there is a place in the world where one can not only visit the home of elephants but help care for them as well.

Founded by Daphne Sheldrick in 1977 in honor of her late husband conservationist David Sheldrick, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has dedicated itself to rescuing and raising orphaned elephants for over 40 years.

Elephants along with rhinos are brought in from across Kenya and other areas of east Africa where they are placed in the care of expert and compassionate handlers. The wildlife trust is open to the public where many tour groups often visit and the proceeds are used to care for these majestic animals. People can even foster and adopt a specific elephant or rhino, and have the opportunity to meet their animal face to face. Although it may not seem like much, every purchase and donation is crucial to the animal’s well-being and even small contributions are vital to their care.

If you are passionate about animals, would like to help with their care, and make a meaningful impact, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a great place to visit.

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December 3, 2021

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