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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

We've had several rescues in the past few months and Musiara, who arrived in January, is no longer the baby of the bunch. He's slowly getting used to the concept of sharing with the newcomers, although he's still quite possessive of things that he thinks should be reserved exclusively for him (which include Keepers' thumbs to suck on and feeding blankets to sidle up next to)!
Although Musiara is not yet part of our fostering program, you will be the first to know when he is. In the meantime, you can support his future by donating at: ►thedswt.org/donate◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / @freyadowson
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Karisa, Maramoja, and Wanjala are some of the sweetest elephants we've ever had the pleasure of meeting. They're among the eldest orphans at the DSWT Nursery, and were also rescued at an older age than many of the others, and don't seem to have much interest in hanging out with the babies or dealing with their antics! Instead, they've formed their own little "senior" subgroup and prefer to stay away from the rest of the herd.
To learn more about the three tusketeers, visit: ►thedswt.org/orphan-profiles◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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When you're a tiny baby, nursing can be a bit of a stretch at first! Luckily, Kama and her mum (DSWT graduate orphan and first-time mother Kinna) have the routine down pat now.
Remember how we mentioned that scene-stealer Wiva was not too thrilled when baby Kama was born and stole some of her spotlight? Well, Wiva apparently wanted to reclaim what was hers — and then some — and kept trying to sneak in and nurse from Kinna! Kinna was good natured about this for awhile but then decided that enough was enough and put Wiva in her place. Now, Wiva is content to be Kama's mini nanny and follows the baby around everywhere.



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Steve Parkinson
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Just over a week ago, this lion found himself in agonizing pain after he unwittingly stepped into a poacher's rope snare. As soon as they heard of his plight, our Mobile Vets sprung into action and flew to help the lion, who reportedly hadn't moved in six days because of his injury. Upon arrival, @kenyawildlifeservice veterinarian Dr. Poghon and the DSWT team anesthetized the patient, removed the snare, and treated his wound. Thanks to their timely treatment, this young lion can continue his reign as king of the jungle.
Learn more about our lifesaving mobile vets at: ►thedswt.org/mobile-vets◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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They say an elephant never forgets, but we've found that you never forget an elephant — especially when you meet one in real life! That's why our community outreach programs are so important.
This #EarthDay — and every day — our goal is to encourage the next generation of wildlife guardians. Many Kenyan children have never seen an elephant in real life. To alleviate the sometimes prohibitive associated costs of visiting Kenya's National Parks, we fund and arrange field trips into Tsavo East and West National Parks. We also host frequent meet-and-greets between local schoolchildren and the orphaned elephants in our care. By meeting elephants face-to-face, these youngsters understand why protecting them is so important!

Learn more about our Community Outreach initiatives here: ►thedswt.org/community-outreach◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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This #FosterFriday, meet the little elephant who wants to be friends with everyone (and for everyone to be friends): Ndotto!
Playful Ndotto is always up for a game, but he's also very adept at settling disputes between orphans and generally keeping the peace. When we rescued him as a tiny two-day-old, he was found confused and alone among a herd of goats and sheep. For a long time, he was much smaller than most of his peers at the Nursery, which was very conducive to his favorite activity — climbing on top of his fellow orphans. Now that he's finally getting bigger, some of his friends aren't as amenable to that game!
Become a part of Ndotto's future and foster him today: ►thedswt.org/ndotto◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Sneak attacks by enthusiastic baby elephants are an occupational hazard of being a DSWT Keeper!
(#tbt 2011)



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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As you can probably tell from this photo, Wiva's favorite place to be is in the spotlight! Much to her chagrin, she found that she was no longer the center of attention when another baby, Kama (the daughter of DSWT graduate orphan Kinna), was born in Ithumba last month.
To solve this pesky problem, Wiva has come up with a rather ingenious solution: She's appointed herself as Kama's miniature nanny, sticking by the baby's side everywhere she goes, ensuring that she too can bask in all the attention.
Wiva is the wild-born daughter of DSWT graduate orphan Wendi. Read all about this little scene-stealer at: ►thedswt.org/wiva-antics◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / @freyadowson
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The rains arrived in Nairobi yesterday in a grand fashion but Musiara, snuggled up in his ‘bedroom’ for the night, was blissfully unaffected by the thunderstorm brewing outside.
Musiara has made enormous progress since his rescue three months ago, when we found him unresponsive and on the brink of death. He's been getting top-notch specialized care — including IV drips and even private dust baths! — and is a firm favorite among the older girls at the Nursery.
He's not yet part of our fostering program, but you can support Musiara's care by donating today: ►thedswt.org/musiara◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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This #TransformationTuesday, swipe through to see Rapa's transformation from rambunctious new rescue to… rambunctious Nursery rabble-rouser!

When Rapa was just six months old, he tumbled down into a well while his herd was getting a drink. Because the well was located in a human-heavy area, elephants can't linger for long, and his family had to make the heartbreaking decision to leave him. Rapa, however, made his presence known, and when the nearby community heard his screams for help they alerted the DSWT.

Despite his traumatic ordeal, it didn't take long for Rapa to settle in at the Nursery. He is delightfully feisty, and, despite his demure face in the second photo, has been known to be a bit of a bully.

Of course, his antics are all part of growing up — particularly as a young bull. He's not the most welcoming to new babies, as he prefers to be the star of the show, but he relishes a good wallow in the mud bath with his peers.

Rapa will be in our care for some time to come, and we have no doubt that he'll keep us on our toes for every minute of it! Support his future by fostering him today: ►thedswt.org/rapa◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Raising orphaned elephants is hard and highly specialized work. Working in a remote and often harsh environment — not to mention providing customized care for the dozens of different personalities among the elephants! — can be challenging at times, but our Keepers are always up to the task, and always with a smile. We, and the orphans who they become "mothers" to, are so lucky to have them!
Keep updated on our Keepers' routines across all units (including Voi, where this photo was taken) by reading the regular Keepers Diary entries: Visit: ►thedswt.org/keepers-diaries◄



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Elephants face an uncertain future, but these little orphans are rays of sunshine for the species. When they're ready (which will be years from now), they will follow in the footsteps of other orphans before them and return to wild, where they'll live and start families as nature intended.
Want to help us give these orphans the bright future they deserve? Visit: ►thedswt.org/donate◄



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