World Elephant Day is an annual event dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s largest land animal and no-one does it better than The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Kenya. Home to the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation programme in the world, this pioneering conservation organisation is proud to have saved over 150 orphaned baby elephants.
DSWT’s elephant nursery is nestled within Nairobi National Park and is overseen by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, whose elephant experience spans a lifetime. It took Daphne nearly three decades of trial and error to perfect the milk formula and complex husbandry necessary to rear an orphaned infant African elephant.
Most recently, DSWT was excited to see ex-orphan, Wendi, now living in the wild with her new-born baby. Watch Wendi’s little one take its first (wobbly) steps here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTZvD643xzc.
You can help care for more orphaned African elephants like Wendi and foster your own with DSWT’s Baby Elephant Foster Parent Programme.