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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust  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

There's certainly no shortage of love to go around at the DSWT, but hugs are always in high demand!

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Looks like the graduate orphans are blending right in with their wild counterparts! Scenes like this one prove that, despite their tragic histories, these elephants truly have a future in the wild, where they belong.

Learn more about how we rescue and raise orphaned elephants, and eventually reintegrate them back into the wild, at: ►thedswt.org/raising-orphans◄



Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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This #FosterFriday, join us in wishing Sana Sana a very happy second birthday!
Sana Sana was rescued last May. This sweet girl has a very gentle personality, but don't mistake her for a pushover: Not only did she manage to live for several days without her mother's milk, but she also survived a nasty hyena attack. Today, her strong-but-kind personality makes her a great mentor to her little protégée, Esampu. The younger calf is notorious for her bad manners, and when she starts to misbehave, Sana Sana will swoop in and redirect her attention or give her a disciplinary tail tug. It's good for Esampu to have an older role model to keep her in line!
By fostering Sana Sana, you will provide her with invaluable support as she continues to grow. Learn more at:
►thedswt.org/sana-sana◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Faces like this are worth fighting for. That's why the DSWT/KWS deploy ten full-time Anti-Poaching Units across Kenya. Last month alone, they recovered 425 snares, made 49 arrests, confiscated 174 weapons/equipment, and destroyed 47 illegal structures. Together, we are saving wild lives of all shapes and sizes, from petite pangolins to enormous elephants — and day by day, making Kenya a safer place for its wild inhabitants.
To learn more about our anti-poaching initiatives, visit: ►thedswt.org/antipoaching◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Baby Emma is all smiles — and seeing wild-born babies like her thrive puts a smile on our faces, too.
This photo was taken back in 2015, when Emma was just three months old. She's grown into quite a force to be reckoned with, seeking out playmates of all ages and even challenging adult wild bulls to pushing games! Emma's mum, Emily, was orphaned at just one month old and was raised at the DSWT. Unlike her, Emma has only ever known a wild life — which is exactly how an elephant should grow up.
While Emma is busy making friends, our Anti-Poaching and Aerial Surveillance initiatives are working in the background to keep her and her family safe. Learn more about our work at: ►thedswt.org◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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#tbt, 2011: Ishaq-B’s rescue was one of the most difficult that we’ve ever undertaken, and she is alive today because of the perseverance of a very compassionate group of people — but before that, it’s all thanks to baboons. You see, by the time we rescued her, Ishaq-B had been without her mum for three weeks, which is an inordinate amount of time for a milk-dependent calf. We suspect that she survived off mangos dropped by baboons, and that they also provided her with the companionship that she needed in the absence of her family.
Fast forward seven years, and today Ishaq-B is more likely to be found chasing baboons than enjoying their company. She’s taking great strides towards a life in the wild at our Voi Reintegration Unit, and hasn’t had a lonely day since her fateful rescue in October 2011.
To learn more about how we give orphans like Ishaq-B a future, visit: ►thedswt.org◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Looks like Esampu, who has gained some notoriety at the Nursery for her pushy and milk thieving ways, also has a sweet side! We were all thrilled (and yes, a bit surprised) when she leapt at the chance to mother tiny Musiara, pictured here. Esampu has grown up so much since she came into our care a year ago. See for yourself at: ►thedswt.org/esampu◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Our goal is to raise orphaned elephants and ultimately help them return to a life in the wild — and we're with them every step of the way.
Become a part of their journey by fostering one of the 82 orphaned elephants currently in our care:
►thedswt.org/foster◄



Photo © Michael 'Nick' Nichols
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This #TransformationTuesday, swipe through to see Wanjala’s transformation over the past eight months!

Photo 1: In November 2016, we heard about a 19-month-old calf who was clearly in a bad way. He’d been without his mother’s milk for some time, leaving him weak, emaciated, and very vulnerable to predators. We pulled off a seamless rescue, but upon his arrival at the Nursery, the little calf collapsed several times and we feared that he might not make it.

Photo 2: After several touch-and-go weeks of intensive care, Wanjala turned a corner. He quickly became fast friends with the older orphans at the Nursery, particularly Ukame and Galla, and it was with these two that he graduated to our Ithumba Reintegration Unit in early June.

Photo 3: Wanjala is loving his new home in Tsavo. He’s actually found a rather surprising friend (and occasional adversary!) in Gawa, the nine-month-old baby of DSWT graduate Galana. They play together often and Gawa even tries to push the –much larger– bull around from time to time, much to his chagrin!

Wanjala will be in our care for some time, until he’s prepared to transition to a life in the wild. You can support him by becoming his foster parent at: ►thedswt.org/wanjala◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Jotto is the definition of a happy elephant — and it's thanks to the quick thinking of some local herders that he's alive and spreading joy today.
The men discovered one-month-old Jotto stuck at the bottom of a well when they brought their livestock there to drink. They reported his plight to the Namunyak Conservancy, which began a chain reaction that led to Jotto's rescue and, when he's ready, will ultimately lead to his return to the wild. Decades ago, this story could have had a very different ending. Thanks to lots of outreach and educational awareness, however, communities now play an active role in reporting orphaned calves.
Find out about our community outreach efforts – and how they help give elephants like Jotto a future – at: ►thedswt.org/community-outreach◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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With your support, we're saving dozens of wild lives every month!
Between April and June 2017, working in partnership with the @kenyawildlifeservice, the DSWT/KWS Mobile Veterinary Units attended to 63 wildlife cases, including 26 elephants, 5 rhinos, and 10 lions. Of the elephant cases, nearly half (12) were directly related to poaching activities.
Find out who else was treated, and why, in our new quarterly Vet Report: ►bit.ly/2uzUKLn◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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