Founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick in honor of her late husband, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphaned elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world.
The Orphans Project exists to give hope to Kenya’s endangered elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their tusks and horns and habitat loss due to population pressure, deforestation and drought.
To date, the trust has successfully raised more than 150 baby elephants by caring for them and then effectively re-integrating them into Tsavo’s wild herd.
For example, in one story, a baby elephant named Sities found a second chance at life through the foundation. “Sities, best known for her tusk, was saved in 2010 at the age of five weeks after hearing her cry for help.
Sadly, her mother was nowhere to be found, so Sities became part of our Nursery herd. Five years on and Sities are now at our Ithumba Reintegration Center, preparing for life in the wilderness! ”
In these beautiful before and after photos, see how these orphaned elephants looked when they were first found compared to how they appeared after loving care at the nursery.
Mutara – rescued 2009