The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

sheldrickTrustToday we’re setting our attention to the animal kingdom and taking a look at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, dedicated to protecting and preserving Africa’s wilderness and the various wildlife that inhabits it, particularly endangered species like the Black Rhino and elephants. Today the trust is the world’s most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT)  is named after naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE. After passing away, his wife Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E founded the trust in 1977 and named it after him. The DSWT’s primary focus remains its Orphans’ Project, which has spearheaded many successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program, protecting them against ongoing threats like poaching. Since its founding the DSWT has managed to successfully raise more than 140 infant elephants and reintegrate them back into the wild.

Daphne Sheldrick and her work with the DWST has been widely recognized. Among her many awards and accolades, she was bestowed with an M.B.E. in 1989 and she received an Honorary Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery by Glasgow University in June 2000.

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This foundation featured on The Jills Giving is one of the many unique foundations supported by The Jills team which includes Jill Eber, Jill Hertzberg, Hillary Hertzberg, Danny Hertzberg, and Felise Eber.  The Jills team strongly believes in giving back and we encourage you to visit The Jills Giving website to learn more about the various foundations we support as well as a little bit about the team.