The David Sheldrick Wildflife Trust in Kenya

We recently came across this great initiative:

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a small charity situated in Kenya which focuses on various areas of animal conservation in Africa.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Kenya

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Kenya

 

One of the more well known wildlife commitments which this Trust focuses on is to help save the lives of orphaned Rhinos and Elephants.  Every years, hundreds of Rhinos and Elephants are orphaned due to poaching or other human activities and these orphans are taken in by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, looked after and ultimately returned back into the wild once they are strong enough and old enough to survive alone.

 

Baby Elephant and caretaker at The Elephant Orphan Nursery in Kenya

Baby Elephant and caretaker at The Elephant Orphan Nursery in Kenya

As the Trust is an NGO, they rely on funding from the public.  They have come up with this really great idea of allowing the public to adopt and foster one of the elephant orphans for a small donation each year.  You will receive a certificate stating which of the orphans you have adopted and you receive constant updates on the progress of your ‘foster child’, including photos and updates on health. The donation made will, in turn, go towards helping care for the orphan.

Other than this, the Trust also has seven desnaring units, which travel around Africa and get rid of the harmful animal snares put in place.  Snares are animal traps which often do not immediately kill an animal when it is caught, but rather causes a wound which ultimately gets infected and leads to a few hours, even days of long suffering for the animal.  It is a cruel and inhumane way to keep animals away from human areas.

Foster Elephants at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya

Foster Elephants at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a great organisation and we really respect them for the work which they do for wild animals.  It is a great initiative to get involved in and if you would like to make a donation and foster an orphan baby elephant or rhino, you are welcome to contact them.

Contact details for KENYA:
THE DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST
P.O. Box 15555
Mbagathi, 00503
NAIROBI, Kenya
Email: rc-h@africaonline.co.ke
Telephone:  +254 (0) 202 301 396 / +254 (0) 733 891 996

Contact details for the UK:
THE DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST
2nd Floor, 3 Bridge Street
Leatherhead, KT22 8BL, United Kingdom
Email: infouk@sheldrickwildlifetrust.org
Telephone: +44 (0)1372 378 321  / +44 (0)1372 844 608

Contact details for the USA:
U.S. FRIENDS OF THE DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST
201 North Illinois Street
16th Floor – South Tower
Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
Email: infous@sheldrickwildlifetrust.org
Telephone: (317) 610-3245

‘Saving wildlife and wilderness is the responsibility of all thinking people. Greed and personal gain must not be permitted to decimate, despoil and destroy the earth’s irreplaceable treasure for its existence is essential to the human spirit and the well-being of the earth as a whole. All life has just one home – the earth – and we as the dominant species must take care of it.’ 

Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick –

South African Tourism Company

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