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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

As the orphans get older, many learn how to hold the milk bottles themselves. This chap, at our Voi Reintegration Unit, looks very proud of his newfound skills!

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Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson
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Matriarchs run the elephant world. As the most senior female member of the family, she has the experience and wisdom to lead them, the emotional capacity to care for and protect them, and the maturity to intervene in any disputes and discipline unruly youngsters.
The traits that make a great matriarch manifest early; we're always delighted when some of our Nursery orphans, who are equivalent in life-stage to human toddlers, reveal themselves to be "mini matriarchs." Nursery favorite Mbegu, pictured here, is one such elephant, and we have no doubt that she will make a fantastic leader one day.

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Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Ngilai is a unique little elephant! One minute, he's keeping us on our toes with his antics – he likes to roughhouse and has been known to greet visitors by spraying trunkfuls of water in their direction – and the next, he's helping out the little babies and playing peacekeeper. We never know what to expect from him next!

To learn more about this growing bull, who we rescued from a well at three weeks old, visit:
www.thedswt.org/ngilai



Photo © Lorenzo Perrini
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There's never a dull moment at the Voi mud bath! Aside from perfecting their splashing techniques, the orphans get to play with (and learn from) the wild elephants and DSWT graduates who also converge here.



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson
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This #TransformationTuesday, see how we helped Luggard (literally!) get back on his feet.

Photo 1: Luggard was in bad shape when we rescued him in March 2016. He’d been shot twice in the legs and could barely walk. Despite his horrific injuries, he had a bright and determined personality, which further fueled our resolve to save the little elephant.

Photo 2: X-rays revealed that one bullet had shattered the five-month-old's femur and another had gone through his left foot.

Photo 3: After a few weeks, Luggard was well enough to join the orphan herd. He became fast friends with Tamiyoi and Jotto, who were conscious of his injuries and were always careful to not roughhouse with him.

Photo 4: Fast forward today, and Luggard has improved enormously. His recovery is a miracle in and of itself, but perhaps the most marvelous thing about Luggard is his indomitable spirit. He never lets his injuries get in the way of living his happiest life, whether that's splashing in the mud bath or (gently!) wrestling with his friends.

To foster Luggard and become a part of his future, click the link in our bio or visit:
www.thedswt.org/luggard



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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"Organized mayhem" accurately describes the morning milk rush! The orphaned elephants at the DSWT Nursery are fed specialist formula milk every three hours and their appetites are voracious; some go though 24 liters (6 gallons) in a day. There's always someone who wants more, though — today, it's Luggard!

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Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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We rescued Galana 13 years ago. Now, she's living in the wild and has even started a family there! Her daughter Gawa, born September 2016, is everything a calf should be: spunky, confident, and playful. Thanks to your support, which helped us raise and reintegrate Galana, little Gawa will grow up in the wild with her family — which is the upbringing that every elephant deserves.

To support our lifesaving work, visit:
www.thedswt.org/donate



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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We're very relieved to report that Dupotto is back in the Ithumba fold.

Two months ago, Kelelari, Dupotto, and Karisa, disappeared from our Ithumba Reintegration Unit. On August 4, the DSWT/KWS Yatta Anti-Poaching team spotted them in the company of wild elephants along the Athi River. Our pilots kept an eye on the elephants from the air while we coordinated a rescue effort on the ground, bringing Dupotto's favorite Keepers from the Nursery to make the process more comfortable for her.
It was quite a complicated rescue (you can read all the details in our Facebook post) and we're all very happy to have Dupotto back. The feeling is clearly mutual; the three-year-old was visibly relieved to be reunited with Kamok and her old Nursery pals. While we give Dupotto lots of TLC from the comfort of the Ithumba stockades, we will also continue our patrols on the ground and in the air to monitor Kelelari and identify Karisa within the wild herds.



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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Ever wondered how an elephant says hello? Wonder no more — the above video is how a bull elephant gives a casual greeting!
Elephants are very social creatures and they welcome each other with lots of enthusiasm and fanfare. This is one of our favorite sounds — and we're lucky enough to hear it often. However, poaching and other threats to elephants have reduced their numbers drastically in recent years. With your help, we can keep this endangered language alive. Speak up for elephants by translating your own message into their language at: helloinelephant.com

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All the babies in our care have lost their families, so it's only natural that the newest arrivals tend to latch on to senior orphans at the Nursery to fill that void. Luckily, the older girls, who have been there and know how it feels, are only too happy to comply — in fact, there's sometimes even competition and bickering about who gets to be "top nanny" to the youngsters!



Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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This is how an elephant communicates that they need help.
Celebrate World Elephant day by translating your own message into #Elephant at helloinelephant.com (link in bio) and help save this endangered language.



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