My wife and I visited the Sheldrick facility in Kenya a few years ago. Our visit was one of the most memorable visits we've made anywhere in the world, and we've supported the DSWT since then. We mix our donations between directly to DSWT (to foster a couple orphans, including one my wife has watched grow up from a new resident of the trust to a beautiful adolescent girl), and to the US Friends. We also routinely give gifts of foster elephants to friends and family. Of all our nonprofit interests, DSWT has to be our favorite.
While I was working in Nairobi, Kenya, I was introduced to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage located at the edge of the Nairobi National Wildlife Park. I visited and fell in love with the baby elephants, the staff, and the mission to save these beautiful creatures from extinction. I have been a proud sponsor of several orphans in the last 17 years and admire the passion, perseverance, and care given to the elephants, rhinos, and other orphans that come their way. They are doing an amazing job in fighting the poaching that is prevalent but need many more hands, many more eyes, much more equipment to truly make a dent in the horrible and useless deaths. I urge everyone to support the work and to visit them in Kenya to see them first hand.
Review from Guidestar
I foster an orphan elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya and visited in August, 2012. The elephants are so lovingly cared for by all the keepers, staff and volunteers. The baby elephants often arrive traumatized after witnessing the poaching and brutal, senseless killing of their mothers. Thankfully, this wonderful organization saves them. I receive a monthly update of my foster elephant, Kenia. I receive detailed information and pictures of Kenia and all her friends. She's thriving and it's due to the hard work, love and dedication of all the people involved. You can trust the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to carry out its mission honestly and with total integrity.
Review from Guidestar
There is an elephant holocaust going on in Africa right now - tens of thousands of elephants are being slaughtered every year for their tusks, their beautiful faces hacked-off with axes and machetes even before they are dead. Whole families are being wiped out - all so that greedy, dispicable people can have ivory chopsticks and trinkets. The DSWT runs an orphanage in Kenya for baby elephants. Dame Daphne Sheldrick and her staff do an amazing job of hand raising orphaned elephants. Not all of the babies are found in time, but the lucky ones who are rescued are given a second chance through this charity. People can foster these orphans through the US Friends of the DSWT and follow their progress through regular updates. Donations also fund anti-poaching efforts, veterinary care in the wild, and other wildlife saving programs.
Every person who cares about the lives and rescues of Elephanrs, this organization is the best that you will ever find. The lives, health, and mental health, of these elephants are the whole reason DSWT exists. I can't say enough good about them, they are simply THE BEST PEOPLE.