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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals

Mission: TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO PROGRAMS WHICH SPECIALIZE IN THE PRESERVATION OF WILDLIFE IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT AND THE DISSEMINATION OF KNOWLEDGE FOR THE FURTHERANCE OF WILDLIFE PRESERVATION. THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVITY OF THE CORPORATION IN FURTHERANCE OF THIS PURPOSE WILL BE TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL, TECHNICAL AND OTHER SUPPORT FOR THE PROGRAMS OF SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST (THE "TRUST")

Target demographics: elephants, wildlife and secure wild places of Africa

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 elephant orphans and over 5,000 other species of wildlife in need

Geographic areas served: Kenya on the front lines of wildlife conservation and habitat protection

Programs: elephant rehabilitation, anti-poaching initiatives, aerial surveillance, habitat preservation, mobile vets, and education/community outreach

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tasha B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust by meeting and befriending their wonderful CEO Melissa Sciacca. The efforts they are making to help elephants is brave and noteworthy. They make their work personal and transparent by posting monthly whats happening with each individual orphan. All these animal's stories touch your heart and are essential for educating the public and improving the lives of all wild animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel so truly fortunate to have found SWT! The U.S. office works tirelessly to support the many conservation initiatives happening throughout Kenya. From saving orphaned babies and caring for them in Nairobi, to treating injured wildlife, working with surrounding communities, and saving wild spaces, SWT does it all! As a volunteer, I'm proud to be a part of this vital organization and feel better knowing they are out there leading others in wildlife conservation. Please support this organization....they do so much for so many!! Thank you SWT!

Jacqueline Cittone M.

Donor

Rating: 5

My favorite organization in the whole world! The U.S. office based in California is incredibly friendly and always so helpful. This is a small organization that makes such a big impact on the lives of wild animals in Eastern Africa as well - from rescuing orphan elephants who are victims of drought, poaching or human-wildlife conflict to veterinary teams deployed throughout Kenya to take care of all species to securing land for wildlife to roam free. Thank you for all you do to raise awareness about the importance of elephants. Donate to this wonderful charity - elephants make this world a better place!

Beth Quigg H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It’s hard to put into words the value of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. They are in the trenches, bringing boundless positive change to one of the most majestic creatures on our earth: the elephant (& a few other friends)! The regular updates of our “foster elephants” Tagwa and Mbegu bring joy to our whole family! I just can’t say enough about this organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

SWT USA is a fantastic organization! Not only is it a vital source of funding to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, but it also connects Americans to wildlife conservation in Africa. I have enormous respect for their knowledgable and kind, and how they run their organization with transparency — you know that your dollars are really being put to good use. Proud to support SWT USA!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA this past weekend and it was a great experience. I was asked to help pass out information and some free goodies at a music festival! Helping a good cause and free live music; it does not get much better than that!! The staff was friendly and informative on what I should say to people who were interested in getting involved with the organization. I would most definitely volunteer for them again!

Donor

Rating: 5

There's so much I love about Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: the lifesaving and life-changing help, affection, and care they provide to wild (baby) orphans; the medical care and treatment of injured wild animals of any age; the foot, air, dog, and vehicle patrols they perform to protect Kenya's wildlife; and the outreach and education provided to the local communities to ensure the safety of Kenya's animals. I also love that the goal of each rescue is to give the babies, over many years, the tools, confidence, milk, lucerne pellets, leaves, branches, and protection to grow up and return to the wild. Those that are unable to live a wild life have a wonderful lifetime home with SWT.

It makes me happy to support SWT both as a baby elephant foster, a volunteer at the Enormous Elephant Run L.A., and a participant in the inaugural and second elephant runs in Griffith Park (L.A., CA). The staff I met through volunteering was kind, friendly, helpful, and is a wonderful representation of the caring nature of this organization.

I foster 2 elephant babies and "adopted" an orphaned elephant for my father too. I enjoy the monthly email updates on the orphans very much. I am also a frequent shopper of the SWT online store!

I have only good things to say about Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. It's an organization I whole-heartedly endorse and support.

The photos are my two fosters: Malkia (with other babies in the background) and Larro (drinking a milk bottle). The third photo is Nabulu who I adopted for my dad. It was the best gift ever! He loves her and has framed photos of her in his house.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing company with caring workers. Volunteering was easy and a great time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the SWT for many years. Their service to conserve elephants goes above and beyond anything I've ever seen. They not only rescue elephants that have been orphaned due to poaching, human wildlife conflict or other issues, but they also support all wildlife when in need. They work side by side with the communities and employ many of the community members.
SWT allows visitors at the Nairobi nursery to visit with their foster elephants. You can also stay at one of their beautiful homes that reside near their reintegration units while visiting these more remote locations. The Trust is very supportive of their donors.
SWT has set up an education platform that allows volunteers to go into schools and educate the children on elephants and conservation at the SWT. I have spoken to over 2000 school children in Austin, TX and the teachers and children love these presentations!
SWT is a wonderful organization that does so much not only for elephants, but also the communities and all wildlife and continues to help conserve all those that live on the Planet Earth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

DSWT is a wonderful organization that is not only amazing on the grounds of Kenya rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing elephants back into the wild, but also in educating people throughout the world on the poaching crisis and the impact it has upon us all. I am an education volunteer with DSWT. I work with them to educate students in classrooms in the US. They have provided wonderful tools for me to use and apply in the classroom. They are very innovative on ways to educate the students and inform the public. They support those that support the Trust. I have visited the nursery and reintegration units in Kenya and have met the wonderful Elephant Keepers that take care of the elephants. I love how they are open to the public and very transparent. The DSWT USA has been very encouraging and supportive in my education efforts within the school system. Melissa Sciacca, the US Director has been very helpful and kind, even attending fund raising efforts. I highly recommend the DSWT USA as a "GREAT Non Profit" here in the US! I am not only a Volunteer at DSWT, but a very supportive donor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been sponsoring baby elephants at Sheldrick for many years and was so happy to be able to volunteer at the elephant run in LA. It was such a fun experience to be around a great group of people who support this incredible organization. The work Sheldrick does is so critical to help the species survive and maintain our ecosystem for the future — glad to contribute in some small way!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about this amazing organization through a friend. What they are doing to save the lives of these beautiful animals is just amazing. I recently volunteered at their annual DSWT run and I had such an amazing time. All the staff were so nice and everything was organized perfectly. It was awesome to see so many wonderful people come out to support such a beautiful cause. I can not wait to volunteer again next year!

Amanda D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the best time volunteering for DSWT for their elephant run this year! Not only do I love the cause, the staff was great to work with & on top of everything. I look forward to volunteering again in the future!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am donor of the David Sheldrick Trust, they are doing an amazing work for saving elephants and other animals, saying that are amazing is not enough to thanks them for the incredible job that they're doing for raising the little elephants whom their parents were victim of poachers, long live the The David Sheldrick Trust

Bob S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I THINK ITS beautiful what they are doing helping elephants out i wish every elephant can be freed where someone would give them a better life and against poachers and trophy hunters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The U.S.A. office of the DSWT is incredible and their staff are helpful and always go above and beyond! We are planning our first trip to Kenya and are foster parents to 2 elephants and I had no idea that there was a whole other separate foster viewing program that we could attend and interact with the elephants more closely than the regular viewing in the afternoon. But thanks to their staff member Heather, I know now we can see the elephants up closer, which you can imagine our sons excitement when we told them they could see their foster elephants up close! Heather told me about this foster viewing schedule and advised step by step how to set this up. When you call the office line ask to speak with Heather directly. She's cheerful and certainly knowledgeable about the organization and goes out of her way to help you and answer your questions. She even mailed our family some DSWT materials so I could hand them out to my colleagues and my sons could take them to school to show their classmates and teachers. Keep up the great job!

2 Barry T.

Donor

Rating: 5

Exceptional!! I have been to Nairobi and Tsavo West National Park several times to witness firsthand what they do and how they do it. This is an organization that is extremely well-run, tremendously effective, and completely aligned with all of the other wildlife organizations that function in their area of operation. As a Board Member of the Big Life Organization which manages almost 2,000,000 acres in the Amboselli Kilimanjaro ecosystem in Southern Kenya, their veterinary assistance to injured animals in our area of operation is critical . They are also extremely valuable partners to us in protecting wildlife and wild lands. They do this in not only our area of operation but also throughout Kenya.

2 Dimana M.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing charity I have ever encountered.. because they inspire me! They mean business- know WHY they do WHAT they do, and truly believe that every one of those babies is worth fighting for. Every single person there is an irreplaceable link of that once in a life time chance for a loving and nurturing family for those "lost souls" babies that come to them every day, hanging between life and death. These people, who give their hearts out and everything they've got every day..to save the precious baby elies' lives, make me feel so humble and grateful..and inspire me to do all that I can to be at least a little like them.
I am proud to say that I am a loving foster parent of 10 baby elies and 1 giraffe named Kiko! They all make my heart melt..

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Donor

Rating: 5

my first trip to kenya was in 2006 and although I kept a bag packed to go back immediately it was in 2010 before I joined a group that needed a 4th person. it was on this trip to Nairobi that I learned about the Sheldrick Trust and visited the nursery for 1st time nothing I could say would be better than standing at ropes and having a baby get mud all over you and let you pet them and a trunk. the trust and all the people involved either in US or Nairobi are wonderful people and so helpful whether adopting a baby or answering questions. can't say enough good things. as I head back to kenya for 7th time in July my first and last things to do before and after safari is visit and then help put all the babies to bed with keepers. Stays in your heart!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I gave 2 benefits for DSWT because I’m awed and inspired by the work Dame Daphne Sheldrick began to save baby orphan elephants when their mothers are slaughtered-most often by ivory poachers. I was honored to have met Daphne at 2 DSWT benefits-first at the World Wildlife Film Festival in Jackson Hole Wyoming 9/25/13 when she was honored as the keynote speaker; and second at a major benefit in London 9/25/15. Sadly she passed away this April; but her work will be continued by her daughter Angela and supporters all over the world of her amazing cause. Baby elephants would normally nurse for three years and are in utero for 22 months; but when their mothers are killed or pass away from natural causes they would always die if not rescued and given IV‘s and bottles around the clock with coconut water by their “keepers”. Perhaps most amazing is that at about age 10-12, rescued babies are released into the wild (Daphne’s goal-elephants deserve to live fee) and 29 have had wild born babies with a wild bull elephant and return to show their keepers their babies! I have written about DSWT on my website passionforpachyderms.org
It is an exceptional charity!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the greatest honor of being with the baby elephants on many occasions. I am deeply touched by the tender loving care that they receive from all involved. The dedication of the Sheldricks and the keepers keep the babies as happy and as healthy as possible until they are ready to make their own transition into the wild where they are meant to be. There is so much work for so many years to help each elephant to learn to care for themselves and each other. The amount of effort and cost is enormous, but the outcome is miraculous. I am deeply grateful to DSWT for the efforts made on behalf of the elephants and mankind. Mary Ann

Donor

Rating: 5

I started following DSWT a few years ago when I found out about the dire situation that elephants were in. I visited at least yearly and sometimes more often and I got to know the Trust and the work they do quite well! While my travels to Africa were brought on by my work with another NGO, DSWT very quickly became the priority for me since I felt that the work they manage to do, with the resources they have, is so vital for wildlife conservation in Africa and specifically in Kenya, as well as Kenyan economy! At the first look one would think that DSWT is an elephant orphanage which in itself is amazing through the sheer number of elephants they managed to rescue, raise and release back in the wild! The Trust is so much more! They are involved in rescuing and raising orphan animals of any kind, rescuing and treating any animal in need that mostly suffered due to humans, they have desneering patrols that prevent animals from getting hurt in the first place and protect land for wildlife who is being encroached by human expansion and overpopulation! Also DSWT provides support to other elephant rescue places in the world and last but not least educates communities about the importance of becoming part of the solution instead of the problem, when it comes to conservation! The amount of work that they do and wide reach that they have, is done with a team of incredibly passionate individuals under the leadership of a briliant woman, Angela Sheldrick. Being a supporter of the Trust is one of the things I am most proud of in my life and they will forever have my support! There is nothing more endearing than to watch a baby elephant that trusts and loves his or her keeper, following them around, knowing that they will now have a second chance to life! There is nothing more majestic than to in in a place like Northern Tsavo, one of the reintegration camps, and be surrounded by countless numbers of huge elephants, wild and ex orphans with their now wild born calves, living they life they way they were intended, free!

Donor

Rating: 4

DSWT is amazing! The work that they do can't be compared. Keep up the great work!

Donor

Rating: 5

My first visit to this amazing orphanage was in 1994. I saw firsthand the love, care, and kindness showered upon these precious animals. I have visited several times since. It’s important to me that a goal of the orphanage is to gradually re-wild the elephants. It is a cause for celebration when a orphan that has re-integrated to the wild returns to show off her newborn calf!! DSWT truly gives these orphans a second chance — to make lifelong friendships, to be part of a family, to have a baby, and to live in the wild. The orphanage does SO MUCH MORE than heal these precious creatures from the emotional and physical trauma they experienced. DSWT also has a veterinary service - that aids other species of injured animals in addition to elephants — and an anti-poaching team. It is also important to me that DSWT uses donations for the elephants and not for administrative costs. The world is definitely a better place because of DSWT!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The US Friends of the DSWT serves a crucial role in helping to raise funds and awareness for the wildlife and environmental initiatives of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. I have participated in the Enormous Elephant Run/Walk in NYC organized by the US friends of DSWT. My wife has also implemented their education curriculum in her 4th grade classroom. They are an extremely lean structure, which maximizes the impact financially from every dollar raised. Melissa and Julie and the rest of the team are beyond committed to the objectives of the trust. I have been a donor for a few years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with the DSWT has been absolutely lifechanging to get the ability to speak with people who are helping fund boots on ground operations to save African Wildlife in their natural habitat. I've worked with them to help catalogue their video library and it's given me the opportunity to see all of the excellent work they're doing in their space - I don't think there are enough positive adjectives in the alphabet to accurately describe what they do. Definitely will continue to work with them and support them in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

16 Mike147

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust nursery in Nairobi in 2014. It appears to be a superbly run organization that has significant impact on conservation efforts in Kenya and elsewhere. Their work goes far beyond simply the saving of baby ellies. We foster orphans for all of our children and grandchildren

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited each of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant rehabilitation sites and couldn't be more impressed. The gentlemen "Keepers" who care for the elephants truly love and respect them. Everything Dame Daphne does is for the benefit of the animals. US Friends is the first organization which actually allowed and encouraged me to use my talents to assist them, and makes me feel just as important to their efforts as a major donor. When I first returned from visiting the nursery on a vacation, I sent a box of school supplies to US Friends of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The President of the organization was going to a meeting and took my box along with him to save the postage costs. Later, I received a personal letter of thanks from Dame Daphne herself.

The Keepers keep in touch via email when you want to know about a specific elephant in their care, or simply find out how their children are doing in school. Many of these young men live far away from their families for long periods of time while they care for the elehants. I cannot recommend this charity strongly enough. I consider these kind people my friends and will continue to help in every way possible throughout my life.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.