The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Here at Your Tea, we love all beings, great and small; which is why we’ve chosen The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust as part of our January Charitea program.
David Sheldrick spent over two decades transforming Tsavo’s Eastern Sector, into Kenya’s largest, and most famous National Park. After his passing, his wife Daphne, whom had worked by his side for over 25 years, built the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and it’s pioneering Orphans’ Project. Daphne is internationally recognised as the first person to have perfected the milk formula and necessary husbandry for infant milk-dependant Elephants and Rhinos.
“In December 2001 her work was further honoured by the Kenya Government, who presented Daphne with a Moran of the Burning Spear (M.B.S.), followed by a prestigious accolade in 2002 by the B.B.C. of their Lifetime Achievement Award. In the November 2005 issue of the Smithsonian Magazine, Daphne was then named as one of 35 people worldwide who have made a difference in terms of animal husbandry and wildlife conservation.
In the 2006 New Year’s Honours List, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Dr Daphne Sheldrick to Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the first Knighthood to be awarded in Kenya since the country received Independence in 1963.”
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphans’ Project has been hugely successful in the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned Elephants and Rhinos. Often orphaned due to poaching for ivory or horn.
Currently, the DSWT has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant Elephants and effectively reintegrated them back into the wild herds of the National park. With eight full time anti-poaching units in the area, the DSWT is successfully preventing, catching, and prosecuting poachers.
We’ve donated to the conservation efforts as well as fostering 4 orphaned Elephants; Balguda, Murit, Roi, and Quanza.
Look how beautiful they are.
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