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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

This #FosterFriday, meet Esampu:
Were we to guess, Esampu is probably cooking up some new mischief in this photo — she is as foxy as they come! Her antics have made her quite the star during our public viewing hour, and she loves to be in the spotlight. Her newest trick is playing bumper cars with her friends in the mud bath before running along the rope cordon, splashing mud on all the watching visitors. One thing's for sure: If you want to be friends with Esampu, don't expect to be mud-free for long!
We rescued Esampu last summer as a five-month-old. She was found emaciated and alone with no other elephants in the area. As you can see, her life has turned around considerably since then! Want to help her continue to grow and flourish? Become Esampu's foster parent: ►thedswt.org/esampu◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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#adayinthelifeofHumpty: After a long day of waddling around, hanging out with friends, and porpoising about in her pool, it's time for Humpty to settle down for the night. Before she goes to sleep, she gets in some socializing time with wild hippos, who have begun approaching her pool to drink and graze. Someday, when she's ready, Humpty will join them back in the wild. In the meantime, it's sweet dreams for this special little hippo!

Thanks for joining us for #adayinthelifeofHumpty! We hope you enjoyed this peek into Humpty's world. And don't worry — while this may be the final installment in the miniseries, we'll continue to share photos and videos of everyone's favorite hippo!



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson
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#tbt: Tomboi tries his hand (or trunk, rather) at shoveling!
We rescued Tomboi shortly before Christmas in 2002, when he was just days old. He was found abandoned after gunshots sent his herd into a panic; we assume that he was separated in the stampede. Despite this traumatic event, he settled right in and enchchated all of us with his friendly demeanor and mischievous streak (a trait that he's taken with him into adulthood!).
Now Tomboi is a DSWT graduate living in the wild, although he often stops by our Ithumba stockades — much to the delight of the orphans and Keepers there! In fact, he serves as a quasi teacher for the elephants still dependent on our care; by watching and learning from him, they pick up vital skills so that they too can one day graduate to a life in the wild.



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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#adayinthelifeofHumpty: After making her rounds around the Kaluku grounds, Humpty returns to her happy place: The pool! As you can see, she's a very enthusiastic swimmer and even does some water aerobics when she's feeling extra spunky.

Humpty enchants everyone who crosses her path. To bring a little of the orphaned hippo's magic into your life, we're following her along for #adayinthelifeofHumpty. Check in tomorrow for a new peek into Humpty's world — it's the final installment in this miniseries, but don't miss the other posts from the last week!



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson
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We can't erase the trauma that baby elephants experience when they're orphaned, but a comforting hug and a big bottle of milk go a long way in helping them overcome it.
Want to help our lifesaving work in Kenya? Foster one of the orphans in our care! Click the link in our bio or visit: ►thedswt.org/foster◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson
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This weekend was one big mud bath party at our Ithumba Reintegration Center! Everyone came out to play — from dependent babies to graduate orphans to their tiny offspring (you can catch a glimpse of Wiva, Kama, and Gawa at the beginning of the video).
While the elephants enjoy a perennially topped-up water source, a cooling dip, and all the watery mischief and mayhem that affords, we are busy protecting them through our DSWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Units and Aerial Surveillance. To learn more about our work, visit: ►thedswt.org◄



Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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#adayinthelifeofHumpty: Humpty loves to be the center of attention almost as much as she loves to be in her special pool — and all the better if both occur concurrently! She's very inquisitive and will waddle over to any visitors (as you can tell, she was quite intrigued by the camera). If she's knows she has an audience, she definitely takes her water acrobatics to the next level. Basically, Humpty knows she's a star and she's not afraid to steal the show!

Humpty enchants everyone who crosses her path. To bring a little of the orphaned hippo's magic into your life, we're following her along for #adayinthelifeofHumpty. Check in over the next two days (and don't miss the posts from the last six days) for a new peek into Humpty's world!



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson
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Maxwell is one of less than 5,500 black rhinos who are left in the wild. We're probably a bit biased (we've raised this blind rhino from babyhood) but we think he may just be the most handsome of them all!
To learn more about Maxwell and how he came into our care, visit: visit: ►thedswt.org/maxwell◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson
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This #TransformationTuesday, swipe through to meet Kelelari!
Kelelari’s rescue story is quite unique. After his mother was tragically killed, the calf was spotted alone on the plains of the Masai Mara. Because of his relatively advanced age — he was about four years old — the hope was that he would be able to survive without his mother and assimilate back into his herd. Unfortunately, this was not to be; he wandered the plains alone for several months, remaining close to people’s properties and hanging out among herds of buffalo for protection. Lions targeted him three times, and after the third attack, which he narrowly survived, everyone knew that it was time to move mountains to save him.
The DSWT was called, and we quickly put together a plan to rescue him. We mobilized a special aircraft to accommodate his large size and the Mara Vet Unit rushed to give him medical treatment. As a storm brewed across the plains, he was strapped in for the flight to the Nursery, comforted all the while by DSWT Keepers at his side.
Now safely at the DSWT, Kelelari is a big 'baby' bull who's loving life (as you can see in the third photo!) with his new family.
To foster Kelelari, visit: ►thedswt.org/kelelari◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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#adayinthelifeofHumpty: Humpty is quite smitten with our DSWT Field Operations Manager — and she's not afraid to show it. His house is located near her pool and she certainly takes advantage of the proximity! Although we're encouraging Humpty to stay in her natural environment, rarely a day goes by that she doesn't try to sneak into his house. She always leaves her mark: Because she's teething, all the furniture is fair game for a chew!

Humpty enchants everyone who crosses her path. To bring a little of the orphaned hippo's magic into your life, we're going to follow her along for #adayinthelifeofHumpty. Check in over the next three days (and don't miss the posts from the last five days) for a new peek into Humpty's world!



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson
#DSWT #Humpty #HumptyDSWT #Humptythehippo #whyilovekenya #kenya #kaluku #africa #tsavo #tsavonationalpark #magicalkenya #hippo #hippopotamus #babyhippo #DSWT40

Mteto is as crafty as she is cute! We only rescued her in March, but she's already thoroughly scoped out the DSWT Nursery and knows how to work the system. Her craftiness seems to be mostly milk-motivated; we've caught her several times sneaking back to the stockades in search of extra bottles!
Learn more about the newest addition to our foster program, who was found walking alone down a road: ►thedswt.org/mteto◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Our herd is growing every year. With your support, we were able to rescue 21 orphaned elephants in 2016!
Find out who they are, and how they came into our care, here: ►thedswt.org/annual-newsletter-2016◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson
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