The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was established in 1977 to honor the memory of a famous Naturalist, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE. David funded the Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, where he served from its inception in 1948. He later passed away in 1977, but his legacy of excellence in the systems he installed for the management of Tsavo and wildlife conservation in Kenya lives on.
Calvin Carter, our Founder and President, elected The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for their current work in protecting the welfare and conservation of wildlife and habitats in Kenya. They rescue and hand-rear orphaned animals so that they can eventually return to the wild when grown. They primarily focus on recusing orphaned elephant and rhinos but also spend time educating communities on the value of wildlife and environmental protection and campaigns against the abuse of wild animals in captivity.
All the orphans raised by the Trust are gradually rehabilitated back into the wild community of Tsavo National Park when grown, a transition that is made at their own pace and in their own time, but usually takes eight to ten years. The success of the Orphan Project is due to the assistance of many organizations and individuals who foster an animal for the minimum donation of $50 annually.
To learn more about how you can help, visit www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org