The Noble Efforts of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust


The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust focuses on protecting and preserving Africa’s wilderness and the richly varied wildlife that inhabits it, with a particular concentration on endangered species such as the Black Rhino and elephants. It is currently the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world.

Named after the Warden of Tsavo East National Park and naturalist David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) was established in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E, Sheldrick’s wife. The DSWT’s first goal continues to be its Orphans’ Project, which has played a role in numerous successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation programs, saving them from common threats such as poaching. Since its founding after Sheldrick passed, the DSWT has raised over 140 infant elephants and successfully returned them back into the wild.

Daphne Sheldrick and her work with the DWST continue to receive significant recognition. Among her numerous awards and accolades, she was given an M.B.E. in 1989. In June 2000 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery by Glasgow University.

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