David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust@dswt

The official account of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. To support our work saving Kenya's wildlife or to foster an orphaned elephant, visit:

http://www.thedswt.org/foster

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#tbt, August 2012: Graduating from the Nursery to a Reintegration Unit is a milestone moment for any of the orphans in our care — and it really helps to have a herd of friendly faces to help new graduates settle into this next phase. So, when Makireti, Ishanga, and Kasigau made the move, we were delighted to find a welcoming committee of wild-living orphans standing attention when the truck pulled into Ithumba! We chalk it up to elephant magic that these elephants knew to be at our stockades to greet the new arrivals, and their presence certainly helped the trio feel comforted and settled in.
(And things have really come full circle: Makireti, Ishanga, and Kasigau are now all living in the wild and act as “mentors” to younger orphans!)



Photo ©️ David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Sneak attack!

To learn more about the orphaned elephants we’re currently raising, click the link in our bio or visit:
www.thedswt.org/foster



Photo ©️ David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Martin de la Torre
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A game of “Guess Who?” for you: You may know this calf best as the Nursery’s resident nurturer, but when we rescued her as a tiny calf, she needed some comforting herself!
Leave your best guess in the comments and to see if you hit the mark, scroll to the bottom of this caption.



Photo ©️ David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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ANSWER: Mbegu! This photo was taken in 2014, shortly after she was rescued from a classroom. To read her story, visit www.thedswt.org/mbegu

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Given the vast size of Kenya and the variety of threats facing its wildlife, our field teams have their work cut out for them. That’s why our DSWT/KWS De-Snaring, Mobile Veterinary, and Aerial Surveillance Units operate side by side to patrol for illegal activity, identify animals in need, and treat wild patients.

It was a truly collaborative effort to save this female elephant. Our field teams first spotted her — and the snare coiled tightly around her trunk — in June 2016, but before we could come to her aid, she disappeared. It wasn’t until two months later that she was sighted again, this time among a herd of 70 elephants, and with the snare still cutting into her flesh. The Sky Vet Unit, with KWS Vet onboard, flew to the scene, darting the patient, removing the braided snare, and treating the wound with antiseptic. She was sent off with a positive prognosis and minus a lot of pain!
#DSWTfieldsuccessstories



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From cattle to elephant calves, Challa has kept some interesting company in his life!
This #DSWTTransformationTuesday, swipe through to discover his story.

Photo 1: Challa’s 2005 rescue was most unusual. He somehow got separated from his herd and latched on to a herd of cattle, which he followed around for eight days. When the local community discovered the starving calf’s plight, they alerted the DSWT and, with the help of three (very strong!) local teens, we were able to subdue the 14-month-old and bring him to the DSWT Nursery.

Photo 2: Although he was very wild upon arrival, the kindness of the Keepers — helped by some special treats prepared by Daphne — helped him settle right in. In 2006 he graduated to our Ithumb Reintegration Unit and within a few years, he was right back where he belonged, living in the wild. Here he is, enjoying a friendly tussle with fellow orphan Buchuma.

Photo 3: 13-year-old Challa may have transitioned from our care, but he still stops by Ithumba frequently to say hello to his DSWT family. During one of his recent visits, he enjoyed splashing around in the mud bath with a wild bull — proof of how seamlessly he’s fit in with Tsavo’s wild herds!

Your support helps us give elephants like Challa a future. To foster him or another elephant in our care, click the link in our bio or visit:
www.thedswt.org/foster



Photos ©️ David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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We rescued six-month-old Solio after her mother was fatally shot in a suspected poaching incident. Now nearly eight years old, she has successfully reintegrated into a wild population living in the protected Nairobi National Park. However, she still returns to the Nursery frequently to say hello to her friend Maxwell (another orphaned rhino in our care) and treat herself to some of his lucerne stockpiles!

To learn more about Solio, visit:
www.thedswt.org/solio



Photo ©️ David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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As human populations increase, space for wildlife is shrinking. Now, more than ever, places like the Kimana Sanctuary — 5,700 acres of land that serves as an essential corridor for the Amboseli elephants — are more important than ever. So, it gives us great pleasure to announce that in a partnership that benefits both the elephants and the community, we will be able to secure this essential wilderness!
Working with the Big Life Foundation and the Kenya Wildlife Service, and thanks to generous donations from our supporters, we will cover the cost of the land leases in the Kimana Sanctuary. These leases will be paid to local communities, thus providing the landowners with vital income and incentivizing them to use the land for conservation instead of agricultural purposes. Wildlife wins too; now, elephants will be able to safely roam between the Amboseli ecosystem, the Chyulu Hills, and into Tsavo West National Park via this beautiful sanctuary.
Cc: @biglifeafrica @kenyawildlifeservice

Read more about this exciting partnership:
www.thedswt.org/kimana-sanctuary






Photo ©️ David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Rapa, Pare, and Maramoja have been at our Ithumba Reintegration Unit for a month now, and we’re happy to report that the recent Nursery graduates are doing wonderfully in their new home. Every day is a new adventure for the trio: Shortly after their arrival, they were shocked and a little scared when they witnessed a large wild bull trumpeting. This isn’t something they had experienced in recent memory, and it sent them running off to the Keepers for comfort!



Photo ©️ David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Today marks Musiara’s one-year #rescueversary! On 14 January 2017, a film crew spotted a herd browsing in the Maasai Mara. They quickly realized that all was not how it should be, however: A tiny calf, who appeared to be a stranger to the other elephants, was struggling behind them. They alerted the DSWT, we initiated a rescue, and the rest is history.
We’re still not sure how Musiara became separated from his mother, but he is now a very happy member of our Nursery herd and has no shortage of little friends. He is especially fond of Luggard; they spend much of their days together and always have each other’s backs. Musiara will even sleep with his head against the wall he shares with Luggard’s stockade, so they might be close even through the night!

Musiara will be in our care for many years to come, until he’s eventually ready to return to a life in the wild. To support his journey, click the link in our bio or visit:
www.thedswt.org/musiara



Photo ©️ David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust 
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Cheetahs can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, but this trio only has rest on the mind!
Shockingly, with just 7,100 left in the wild, the species is dangerously close to extinction. The work of our DSWT Aerial Surveillance Unit, which monitors Kenya’s wildlife populations to make sure they’re healthy and protected, is crucial to help cheetahs and other threatened creatures.
To support their work, donate at:
www.thedswt.org/donate



Photo ©️ David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Following in the footsteps of their Keepers, the Nursery orphans head off to their next adventure in Nairobi National Park. It looks someone (bringing up the rear) is afraid of being left behind!

To foster one of the orphans in our care, click the link in our bio or visit:
www.thedswt.org/foster



Photo ©️ David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
#DSWT #elephants #whyilovekenya #kenya #africa #BeKindToElephants #magicalkenya #savetheelephants #nairobinationalpark #saynotopoaching #racingextinction #jointheherd #worthmorealive #ivorybelongstoelephants

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This is one Panda who is native to Africa!
We rescued Panda (who is named after the area where she was rescued, not the black and white bears to the east!) in July 2012, after the suspected poaching victim was spotted alone. Because of her age — she was about two years old — we decided to keep her at our Voi Reintegration Unit instead of bringing her to the Nursery. Panda gets, if possible, more delightful with each passing year; she’s always instigating games with the other orphans and giving the younger ones some extra love.



Photo ©️ David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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