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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/

If you, like us, have been worrying about Africa's elephant and giraffe populations, we have some good news:
The results from the latest aerial count, which the DSWT took part in, are in — and they showed that the Tsavo-Mkomazi Ecosystem’s elephant population has risen to 12,866 individuals, which marks a 14% increase in the past three years. There was also an increase in giraffe populations. Our ground teams work tirelessly to put a stop to illegal activities such as charcoal burning, livestock intrusion, and human conflict in Tsavo, which is Kenya’s largest conservation area — and these positive population changes show that coordinated anti-poaching efforts and aerial surveillance measures are making a difference, although our work is far from finished yet.

In the Maasai Mara, where the DSWT/KWS Mara Vet Unit has treated more than 250 injured elephants, there was more good news: A separate population count found that there has been a 72% increase in the number of elephants there.

Read more about the results of the Tsavo-Mkomazi aerial count here: bit.ly/aerial-count2017



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson
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Every day is #BringYourDogToWorkDay at the DSWT!

We're lucky to have a trio of tracking dogs on our DSWT/KWS Anti-Poaching Unit. This is Max, one of our teammates. The Belgian Malinois have been specially trained to help us sniff out poachers and wildlife offenders in Tsavo National Park — and they're top dogs in our book! •


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This #FosterFriday, meet Ndotto:

This little guy is one of the sweetest bulls at our Nursery — a trait that has made him a firm favorite among the orphan herd and our Keepers alike! Although he will turn three in a few months, he's still a big baby who wears his heart on his sleeve. He shows the Keepers how much he loves them by giving frequent trunk hugs.
Get to know this growing bull (who we believe was born premature) and welcome him into your foster family here: ►thedswt.org/ndotto◄



Photo © Lorenzo Perrini
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The mud bath at our Ithumba Reintegration Unit, which is usually a hive of activity, is nearly recognizable at dusk. It looks like these wild bulls decided to bide their time until the orphans had gone to bed so they could enjoy a more tranquil wallow!



Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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#tbt: Sometimes you just have to drop everything and nap!
Barsilinga may have grown a lot since this photo was taken – he is now a step closer to a life in the wild at our Ithumba Reintegration Unit – but he's still as charming and playful as ever.
When we rescued Barsilinga, he was standing next to his dying mother, who had been shot by poachers. It's a miracle that Barsilinga not only survived, but grew up to be so loving and accepting of everyone who crosses his path. To learn more about this remarkable elephant, visit: ►thedswt.org/barsilinga◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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From their spots to their size, giraffes are hard to ignore — but their plight isn't too widely known. In fact, giraffe populations have fallen more than 40% in the last 30 years. Threats to their survival range from habitat loss to trophy hunting to poaching.
Today, #WorldGiraffeDay, let's celebrate the world's tallest mammals — and pledge to help them. After all, doesn't Kiko (the orphaned giraffe currently being raised at the DSWT, pictured here) deserve a bright future?
If you want to learn more, @thedodo's film is a great place to start. Google "The Dodo: Giraffes Are Facing A Silent Extinction" to watch it.



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson
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Ukame almost fell prey to Tsavo's brutal drought last fall — when we rescued her, she was standing alone under a tree, desperately weak and malnourished. Today, she's living a carefree life among friends at our Ithumba Reintegration Unit. She loves the mud bath and is always the most eager to dive in!
To help Ukame continue on her journey back to a life in the wild, visit: ►thedswt.org/ukame◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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If this isn't the portrait of a perfect family, we don't know what is! It may not be the one they were born with, but the orphaned elephants at the DSWT – plus their beloved Keepers – are really one big happy family.
Want to help us give more orphaned elephants a second chance? Donate today: ►thedswt.org/donate◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson
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This #TransformationTuesday, swipe through to see Murka’s miraculous recovery from spear victim to wild-living elephant.

Photo 1: In July 2010, we received reports of a young calf who had been brutally attacked by poachers. She had a spear lodged deeply in her forehead and what we think was an axe wound to her back. We brought Murka to the DSWT Nursery, where our Keepers set about giving her the urgent intensive care that she so desperately needed.

Photo 2: The fact that Murka survived her attack is a miracle in and of itself. Here, a Keeper demonstrates how deep the spear penetrated her forehead. Because of her wound, she couldn’t draw water through her trunk and her breath could be seen through her forehead.

Photo 3: After months of intensive care, Murka finally began to turn a corner. After experiencing such horrible cruelty and trauma, it took a long time for her to overcome her psychological trauma and to trust her human carers. We knew that she had come to accept them when she eventually began to suckle on their fingers.

Photo 4: The Nursery’s mini matriarch Suguta took Murka under her wing, making sure that the other orphans were gentle around her as she healed. Here, Murka (right) plays with her pal Kandecha.

Photo 5: In 2011, Murka graduated to our Ithumba Reintegration Unit, where she began to learn the skills that she would need to live as a wild elephant. Here she is (center) with her friends Kibo (left) and Kitirua (right).

Photo 6: In 2015, Murka decided that she was ready to return to a life in the wild. She, Kitirua, and Naisula formed a mini group and together the trio roams Tsavo, protected by our Anti-Poaching and Aerial Surveillance Units. Although she’s fully independent, Murka often comes back to visit her human family, much to our delight!

To help us give orphaned elephants like Murka a happy ending, visit: ►thedswt.org/donate◄



Photos © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Photo 2 © Nick Nichols
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Earlier today, we showed you a pint-sized mud bath at the DSWT Nursery. If you're wondering whether a love of wallowing is something that elephants eventually grow out of, allow the older orphans at our Ithumba Reintegration Unit to provide an answer!



Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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At the DSWT Nursery, the mud bath is a refreshing one-stop-shop for playing (some babies like to fling the mud or tussle around in it) and relaxing (others prefer a leisurely wallow)! Many of the babies are perfectly self-sufficient when it comes to dousing themselves with mud, but Keepers are always standing nearby with shovels at the ready to assist if need be.
To meet the 27 orphaned elephants currently in our care at the DSWT Nursery, visit: ►thedswt.org/foster◄



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Fathers come in all shapes, sizes, and even stripes, as Lualeni proves!

We rescued Lualeni after he was found all alone in 2012. When another orphaned foal arrived at the DSWT a few years later, Lualeni earned his stripes as the little one's adoptive dad. His guidance and comforting presence helped her flourish and grow.
Today, #FathersDay, we salute the world's incredible fathers, both two-footed and four!



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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