A message from our founder, Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE:
“I would like to thank those thousands of friends and supporters who have reached out to me during this difficult year while I go through my breast cancer journey. I cannot over emphasize how much this has helped me during this challenging time.
I am presently in Tsavo feeling positive and growing stronger by the day. Your enormous support for me personally has been most humbling and hugely appreciated and one can never under estimate the powers of such positive energy! As you know Tsavo is my favorite place in the world, and where I am at Kaluku serves as the base for all our field projects, so I remain in the thick of things whilst being immersed in the natural world which I find incredibly healing.
We have recently been gifted by another wild born baby, Yoyo, a second for Yatta, another of our orphans living back in the wild, taking the number to 26 babies now born to our hand raised orphans. For me, seeing all these new babies born to our orphans that we have been able to save, nurture and raise from infancy themselves is most gratifying, especially as they always choose to share the joy of new births with us their human family.
Having lived long enough to be able to benefit from this full cycle of life, and when working with elephants one needs a life time to see the true success of our endeavors, given that their lives mirror our own, only serves to further endorse the success of the DSWT’s Orphans’ Project. I could never have imagined when I was 28 years old in Tsavo, involved in rescuing and raising our first orphaned elephants together with David, that over the course of my life time I would be in a position, along with our dedicated teams, to save well over 200 orphaned elephants and 16 black rhino.
Of course none of this would be possible without your tremendous support throughout the Trust’s 40 years which has enabled us to achieve so much not just for elephants, but for all wild species and the balanced ecosystems so crucial to their long term survival. Bless you all.”