Established in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick to honor her late husband, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has become the world’s leading orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program.
The Orphans’ Project aims to provide hope and support to Kenya’s endangered elephant and rhino populations as they face poaching for ivory and horns, habitat loss due to human expansion, deforestation, and drought.
To date, the trust has successfully hand-reared and reintegrated over 150 baby elephants into the wild herds of Tsavo.
One such heartwarming story is that of Sities, a baby elephant rescued in 2010 when she was just five weeks old.
Known for her single tusk, Sities was found crying for help without her mother in sight.
She was taken in by the Nursery herd, where she received loving care and support. Fast forward five years, and Sities is preparing for life in the wild at the Ithumba Reintegration Centre.
The remarkable transformation of these orphaned elephants is evident in the striking before-and-after photos, showcasing the impact of the nurturing care provided by the nursery.
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