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What a difference three years can make! When Godoma was discovered at the bottom of a well in August 2015, the little calf was battered and bruised from her futile attempts to free herself. Worse still were her emotional scars; she missed her family terribly and spent her early days at the Nursery crying for them. Fast forward to today, and Godoma is one of the sweetest and most self-assured girls we know. On Wednesday, she graduated to our Voi Reintegration Unit, where she will slowly but surely work her way back to a life in the wild. We couldn’t be prouder of how far she’s come already.

If you’re not familiar with Godoma’s story, it’s one worth reading:

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Namalok has his own special drinking style. Unlike the rest of the orphans, he prefers to take his milk from a bucket. He came into our care when he was three years old — which makes him older than most of the elephants we rescue, but still milk-dependent — so perhaps he decided that he was too grown up for all this bottle business!

Namalok’s rescue, given his size, required a Herculean effort from all involved. To learn more about it, visit:

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Given that human and elephant babies are similar in so many ways, nothing makes us happier than to see pint-sized people wearing their support for the DSWT! @edbyellen’s #BeKindToElephants tees are back in adult sizes, and they’ve also added these adorable bodysuits to the mix. 100% of net profits will be donated to the DSWT, supporting our crucial conservation work in Kenya and helping us save more elephants. Sizes are running out quick, so get yours today:

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#tbt, 2015: Three years ago, what was meant to be a routine water break for livestock became anything but when community members looked into the well and saw a tiny elephant struggling in its murky depths. He was too tiny to trumpet for help and had rubbed his back raw in his attempts to escape. Finally, after 48 hours trapped at the bottom of the well, the calf who would become known as Ngilai was freed.
It was a struggle to help Ngilai recover, but recover he did — and then some. An outgoing chap, he made it his personal mission to include everyone in playtime, be it pushing with his peers or offering himself up as a slide for the youngsters. Yesterday, the time came for Ngilai to graduate to our Voi Reintegration Unit, where he will learn the skills he needs to one day transition to a life in the wild (and, we have no doubt, significantly add to the fun and games in Tsavo!).

Ngilai’s success is thanks in large part to supporters like you. To learn more about him, visit:

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Three days. Two moves. Six additions to Tsavo’s elephant population!
Earlier today, Godoma, Murit, and Ngilai followed in the footsteps of Mbegu, Ndotto, and Laseyn (who blazed the trail on Monday) and graduated from the Nursery to our Voi Reintegration Unit. This is a very proud moment for us; we rescued these elephants as babies, and with this move, they begin a new chapter in their lives which will culminate with their return to the wild. Our commitment to them is a lifelong one, and we will continue to watch over them — and the rest of the Voi orphan herd, which is now 26 strong — long after they have integrated into the wild elephant herds of Tsavo.
Thank you to our teams, our conservation partners (including the KWS), and our supporters all over the world for helping us save the lives of these elephants, and their friends at Ithumba, Umani, and Nairobi.

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When we discovered the plight of this snared elephant in a remote corner of Kenya, our teams employed a plane, a vehicle, and their own two feet to come to his aid.
After flying 205 miles / 330 kilometers to reach him, the team hopped in the vehicle and then, when the ground became too boggy to drive, covered the final 2 miles on foot. Upon arrival, Dr. Ephantus (who usually heads up the DSWT-funded Amboseli Vet Unit) immediately set to work removing the snare from the bull’s front leg and treating the painful wounds. The wire had sliced nearly 6 inches / 15 centimeters into his skin, and without intervention, he would have surely died a very painful death. Thanks to the determined group effort, however, the treatment was a success and the patient is expected to make a full recovery. #DSWTfieldsuccessstories

Our Air Wing provides crucial assistance to our field teams, from facilitating a rapid response to emergency veterinary cases (such as this one) to preventing incidents of human-elephant conflict.

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Today was another milestone day at the DSWT: Ngilai, Godoma, and Murit graduated from the Nursery to our Voi Reintegration Unit!
They follow in the footsteps of their friends Mbegu, Ndotto, and Lasayen, who made the same move from Nairobi to Tsavo East National Park just two days ago. Upon arrival, the trio was immediately enveloped by the Voi herd and escorted down to the mud bath for an inaugural wallow. This is just the beginning of their journey back to a life in the wild, and they may spend several years at Voi until they are fully ready to transition from our care, but it is a momentous step for these elephants. Although human actions left these elephants orphaned — all three were rescued from the bottoms of wells — we are proud to help give them a wild future, and we thank you for your support in making that possible.

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When we rescued him in 2014, Ndotto was the smallest elephant to ever come into our care — and just yesterday, he graduated to our Voi Reintegration Unit!
This #DSWTTransformationTuesday, see how far he’s come.

Photo 1, 2014: Ndotto was just two days old when he was found, alone and confused, among a group of sheep and goats. The Samburu who found him knew that he needed help, fast, and so one gallant community member trekked for hours to alert the closest ranger. Their timely efforts helped save Ndotto’s life; although he was very weak upon his arrival at the Nursery, specialist care eventually worked its magic and he began to thrive.

Photo 2, 2015: It later transpired that Ndotto had been born premature, and because of that, he was always smaller than his age-mates. Undaunted by this, he used his size to his advantage in his favorite activity: Climbing all over his friends and, occasionally, the Keepers!

Photo 3, 2016: Ndotto quickly became a Nursery favorite thanks to his unfalteringly sweet personality. He was always kind and conscientious, doling out trunk hugs to anyone who he thought needed one.

Photo 4, 2017: As Ndotto’s tiny tusks started to emerge, it became increasingly clear that our little bull was growing up. He began spending more and more time browsing away from the group, oftentimes in the company of his best friend Lasayen.

Photo 5, 2018: On May 21, the time came for Ndotto to graduate from the Nursery to our Voi Reintegration Unit, where he will eventually transition to an independent life in the wild. He immediately felt right at home, and even led the whole orphan herd (including pals Mbegu and Lasayen, who graduated alongside him) down to the mud bath that very afternoon!

Ndotto’s survival is nothing short of miraculous — and your support helps make stories like his possible. To foster him or one of the other orphaned elephants in our care, visit:

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Photo 5 © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Martin de la Torre
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Kiasa is such a rabble-rouser! She believes that every milk bottle belongs to her, and that anyone who tries to get their own rightful share deserves a sharp head butt or tail bite in retaliation. She’s uncannily like chief trouble-maker Esampu and even shares similar physical features with her. They were both rescued from the same region in southern Kenya, so we wonder if they might be distantly related.

To foster Kiasa, click the link in our bio or visit:

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Mbegu, Ndotto, and Lasayen only graduated to our Voi Reintegration Unit this morning, but already they’re right at home! Ever-precocious Ndotto didn’t miss a beat, leading the entire herd down to the mud bath and splashing away with delight. The trio even got their first sighting of wild elephants — a peek at the wild lives they themselves will lead when they are ready to fully transition from our care.
We’re all feeling full of pride about how far these babies have come over past few years, full of hope for their futures, and full of gratitude to everyone who helps make moments like these possible by supporting our work. (And if you missed the news, check out our previous post to learn more about this very exciting day of DSWT graduations!)

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Today is no ordinary Monday — it’s a milestone moment for all of us as Mbegu, Lasayen, and Ndotto graduate from our Nairobi Nursery to the Voi Reintegration Unit!
These three youngsters, who were rescued as babies (and tiny ones at that — Mbegu was seven weeks old, Lasayen one month old, and Ndotto just two days old at the time of their rescues), now embark on the next step of their journey towards a life back in the protected wilderness of Tsavo East National Park. As they set foot on Voi’s red earth, they received the most wonderful welcome from the 20 orphans who currently live there, and we know that they will be very happy among their extended family.
We have successfully raised more than 200 orphaned elephants over the past 40 years, and every single graduation is a major milestone to celebrate. Days like today are monumental; these elephants would not be alive were it not for their rescuers, the DSWT, and those who believe in and support our conservation work. We are so pleased that we can share their arrival with you as, without you, moments like this one could not happen. #DSWTgraduations

If these three elephants are new to you, then we encourage you to read their stories to understand why they had needed our help: www.thedswt.org

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Happy #rescueversary, Mbegu!
In May 2014, we rescued tiny Mbegu after she was nearly killed in a case of human-wildlife conflict. It has been a pleasure to see how she has blossomed over the past four years at the Nursery — and we have some very exciting news to share about her and two other orphaned elephants, which we will be revealing soon. Stay tuned!

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