At the heart of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s (DSWT) conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved worldwide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.
To date the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo, claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in their care.
The Orphanage is located in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, and can be visited while you are in Nairobi. Each orphaned elephant costs a huge amount to raise, feed, care for and reintegrate back into the wild. With this in mind, SCC’s ‘1 + 1 = 2 Protect’ Scheme allows you to help ease the cost for the Trust. Other projects that your donation can be used for include the securing of electric fences to prevent animals wandering out into farms and villages, money for purchasing fuel for cars and planes and other smaller projects that enable better wildlife protection to happen in areas across Kenya.
* please note that while you are in Kenya, you may wish to visit the DSWT Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi for the daily public visit – this visit costs $5. You can also adopt an elephant for a year at the cost of $50. Both of these costs are different, and therefore extra from the donation you are giving to DSWT via the ‘1 + 1 = 2 Protect’ Scheme.