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Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA

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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

102 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6 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..

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a proud supporter of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for many years. I sponsor an orphan and adopt others to celebrate special occasions for family members. The work they do is vital to ensuring the survival of elephants and they are truly committed to that mission. They do a wonderful job of keeping donors/foster parents informed of all the latest news.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve never seen such a dedicated and caring group of people. Given the chance, I’d love to be a caretaker. These men and women are the best humans. If I ever win the lottery, you’re the first on my list! Thank you for the kindness and humanity you show the animals who we don’t deserve, they are too good for us humans!

Jane Anne S.

Donor

Rating: 5

They put so much effort and care into their monthly updates and outreach communications. You really get to know their orphans and the reintegration units. While generally I prefer charities just focus on their work and leave the effort of donor communication to an annual basis, this one is the exception. I hope it’s still cost effective, bc it’s the most rewarding annual gift I make.

Susan J.5

Donor

Rating: 5

This non-profit advocates for the survival of wild elephants and educates humans in that regard; cares for them temporarily and then fosters their freedom. By advocating for one wild animal they advocate for the freedom and survival of all wild animals. They hold the elephants in the highest esteem and I consider this noble work.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been following and donating to the Sheldrick wildlife fund for over a decade. They perform life saving work going to heroic measures to save elephants. I wish I were a millionaire so we could save even more of these iconic jewels.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband visited the nursery last year in Nairobi while on a mission trip to Sanjerwu and as a result adopted an elephant as a birthday gift to me.(KIombro), He loved watching the elephant orphans being fed. My son gave me Life Love and Elephants as a gift since I love elephants. The Trust does wonderful work

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed DSWT ever since I returned home from a trip to Tanzania, Africa in 2013. I began writing a children's novel on the elephant poaching crisis and was looking for information about elephant behavior. I fell in love with DSWT and adopted my first elephant soon after. I absolutely cherish the updates DSWT provide each month. They send out emails, newsletters, a live stream video of elephant feedings a couple of times a week, and on AmazonSmile, I can donate to the charity each time I purchase something. Every single person who works at DSWT is a dedicated soul, and it is inspiring to say the least.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sheldrick wildlife trust is simply amazing!! All the work from saving, rehabilitation, and loving these majestic animals !! I feel blessed in knowing my donations go to a worthy cause!! The caregivers are such angels!!
Keep up the wonderful loving work!!

Suzannah T.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent non-profit, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in my opinion are leaders in education, raising awareness of Wildlife's plight to remain wild and how crucial their existence is for the planet and ecosystem! The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust also helps the local economy as well as is committed to saving wounded animals, elephant and rhino orphans facing extinction as well as other wildlife and returning orphans to the wild when they are ready. I have been donating to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for years and theur follow up with diaries, photos and videos to see the evolution of survivors they have rescued is thorough and inspiring. I can't praise them enough for their efforts on all fronts!

Erin S.9

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization doing incredibly important work. Their updates and videos (on social) are really thoughtful and well done, so as a donor you really get to see the difference your help is making. LOVE SWT and will support them wholeheartedly forever!

Donor

Rating: 5

Kamok and Mbegu have been a part of our family for several years now. They were adopted in the names of our grandsons, Johnnie and Owen Besnette. Each one has an elephant photo in
his room, and whenever one of these two shows up on social media, we are all thrilled.

It is impossible to imagine the world without these wonderful animals. We learned from National Geographic about the magnificent efforts of Md. Shekdrick and her staff, and we are so thankful for this organization.

Johnnie will receive a Sheldrick t-shirt for his upcoming birthday. Owen will be given his in August.

This is a wonderful, crucial organization. Linda and Frank Besnette

Karly D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For over 50 years this groundbreaking organization has rescued and rehabilitated tons of animals (all puns intended), mostly elephants but many other special need creatures, too. They employ only local people, there is no white privilege here. Dame Daphne struggled, persevered, and eventually created a formula for orphaned baby ellies! The goal to return animals to the wild is a powerful testament to the true mission of this group. The elephants 'graduate' from different levels of care, when they are ready, they go. They are not restrained or enclosed in a stockade. When the little ones arrive at the first unit, a Keeper actually sleeps in the stall with the baby! They cover them in quilts and are at the ready for night feedings or simply comfort. The elephants are so well cared for and loved that often a elephant who leaves and joins a herd will come back...to show off their new babies! They are able to reintegrate into the wild, but they still hold affection for their caregivers. When you 'adopt' an animal you get a monthly update on them! And Angela Sheldrick who now runs the organization after Daphne's death includes a stunning watercolor, too! I explored dozens of organizations that support elephants and this one was the easy top choice. You can learn a lot about a lot by reading Dame Daphne's autobiography Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story, you will be amazed, inspired, fascinated, and new member of our beautiful DSWT family around the world.

Gail H.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA for about a year. The work they do to help African wildlife is amazing. They not only rescue orphaned elephants and other baby animals, they make sure they are safe their entire lives. They have vet patrols, air patrols, dog patrols looking for snares. They have brought water to the plains by drilling bore holes. The work they do with the communities close to where their units are located teached the communities to help save the animals and habitat. They are advocates to stop the ivory and poaching of wild animals. They definitely deserve this award.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It started with seeing the piece on 60 Minutes. Then I read Life, Love and Elephants (via the library). Then I signed up for their newsletter and donate as often as possible.

Their work and their philosophy just seems so caring, environmental and ON POINT. It would seem that Angela and her sister Jill are proudly caring on where their parents left off (initially the David Sheldrick Wildlife Foundation).

I highly recommend involvement and support. Africa needs to thrive on their own terms (without needless, self serving capitalists).

Donor

Rating: 5

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is one of the most diverse non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting the wildlife in Kenya, in particular orphaned elephants and rhinos. Along with rescuing and rehabilitating the orphans, they also have reintegration units in Tsavo National Park where the elephants will learn to eventually return to the wild once they are ready. Along with their 5 Mobile Veterinary units, which treat injured animals mostly caused by human-wildlife conflict throughout Kenya, they also have 15 Mobile De-snaring Teams, Aerial Surveillance and Anti-Poaching units. In addition, they also are involved in Saving Habitat critical for wildlife and of ecological importance. Unbelievably, they assist in financial support for the Kenya Wildlife Service with whom they partner with, enabling them to have the tools they need to do their work. They also work directly with communities whose lands buffer the National Parks. I recommend you visit their website to see first hand everything this organization does. You will notice the daily / monthly reporting of their work keeping donors informed of what they are helping to support. I encourage you to consider The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for this award - there is no doubt that they deserve it.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am overwhelmed by the level of care and respect for these animals by this organization. They provide so much informative, creative, and supremely heartwarming content that it is irresistible to contribute the small adoption donation. I love you and am so grateful for you.

Donor

Rating: 5

I used to be in consulting for non-profits, so I recognize excellence when I see it. Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is excellence personified in the mission of rescue, but also monitoring their areas, treating other wildlife in emergency situations, patrolling for poachers, and significantly, community outreach, which is key to the future. SWT also represents excellence in donor relations; in fact, they are superb at It. This goes beyond mere acknowledgement of donations. They seek to reach out monthly with their wonderful newsletter, and access to the Keepers Diaries so you can read about your adopted animal(s). As a bonus they always include a monthly watercolor drawing! During the Covid quarantine they have made special efforts to bring live video feed so we can see what is going on there. The commentary by Daphne and the Keepers makes it seem as if you are there. They have a great social media presence and keep every up-to-date. They truly deserve a 5-star rating.

Donor

Rating: 5

While I was recovering an illness, I was looking for some charity to donate and tumbled on the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The more I read about this nonprofit organization, the more how I wish I can be there to help. I have adopted one elephant, one rhino and one giraffe. I wish that I can donate more. It has inspired me try to help this earth be a safe and better place for all living beings. So PLEASE if you can donate! Thank you.

Donor

Rating: 5

My initial experience with SWT was when I adopted a baby elephant, Zurura, for my grandson, Zachary, as a holiday gift. He especially liked that the elephant's name started with a Z. It has been my pleasure to continue my involvement even as both Zurura and my grandson have outgrown the initial relationship. It is so heartwarming to receive the regular updates from SWT.

When I have questions, they have always been responsive and transparent. I am delighted to share my story as another way to support this wonderful organization.

Sincerely, Nora Stern

Donor

Rating: 5

5 years ago I learned about the David Sheldrick wildlife Trust. ( now renamed the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust SWT) Having always loved elephants I adopted a orphan named Ndotto and followed him and the orphanage on Facebook posts. I learned so much about elephants, poaching and Kenya in general. While I have lived all over the world I had never been to Africa. Then I saw an ad for a safari that included a visit to the orphanage. I decided to go and my son wanted to come too. We made our reservations for Dec 2015 and I was so excited. Sadly, I was diagnosed with cancer and we had to cancel for radiation treatment, but in late Jan. We arrived in Nairobi. I just couldnt believe I got to actually pat Ndotto and get a trunk hug. It was the best day of my 73 years. What an amazing organization and how it has grown to do so much to save not only elephants but so many iconic African animals. I cannot imagine another charity that gives it donors such up close pictures of their adoptees as well as other wonderful videos.
Amazingly, last winter I returned to my beloved Kenya and her elephants. I had a private visit with another of my adoptees in the nursery. This one, Satteo, whom I gifted to my great niece who now loves elephants too. I visited all the reintegration units seeing Ndotto in Voi and Esampu in Ithumba. It was unbelievable. SWT rules.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's mission has been and remains an organization dedicated to allowing elephants, who find themselves orphaned. the opportunity to reclaim their birth right in the wild. The dedication of their founder, her heirs and the many keepers who spend countless hours ensuring that each orphan is nourished, protected and most importantly loved surpasses every imagined scenario one could conceive.

Sharing each babies journey from rescue to their time growing up in the nursery can make the sourest person smile. Seeing their graduation to one of the reintegration units brings tears of happiness to my eyes knowing these magnificent creatures are regaining their birth right, a life in the wild.

I highly recommend supporting this organization, its mission and the satisfaction of knowing there are elephants, in Tsavo, who were given a second chance to make a wonderful impact to our world.

Donor

Rating: 5

Of all the charities, my absolutely most favorite is the David Sheldrick Wildlufe Trust.
They are an example to the world of caring, compassion and restoring our wildlife.
I have known them since 1988 when I visited Kenya.
I endorse and highly recommend them to win the best recognition for a nonprofit, for their honesty , dedication and love for the most vulnerable: orphan wildlife.
Gabriela Kaplan MD
pres. lifewatchgroup
International Think-tank

Carol M.5

Donor

Rating: 5

I have adopted at least two, maybe it is three babies now. This work is so important. I would move to work there if I could. Sheldrick is in my Will. Not sure what will be left but they can have it. During the Pandemic, when I am feeling so blue and hopeless, I watch these videos and know, good people are doing good work and Mother Nature will survive. Sheldrick restores my hope for the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wildlife conservation, stewardship of the earth, and compassion for animals are primary values for me, and my standards are high when it comes to trusting organizations to be authentic. Other animals are my brothers and sisters, children of the Great Author, and when I pass from this world, whatever I have, be it large or small, will go to The Sheldrick Trust. That is how much I love and support, and admire their mission, their work, their philosophy, their results.

Debbie N.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have adopted several baby elephants over the years and I can't think of a better thing to do. Your kept informed, updated about the babies progress and it's awesome to see their progress into the wild herds. I am so glad they are able to help because we all need wild animals. What a boring world this would be without them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Five years ago, my husband adopted an elephant for me for my birthday. It has been amazing watching Mbegu grow from the time she was a tiny calf, to graduating to the Voi Integration Unit. Every month, I receive an update about how she's thriving, and starting her how small herd! And every year, my husband renews our adoption of Mbegu so we can continue to watch her grow and eventually become wild. I look forward to the day SWT announces she has returned to show off her own wild-born calf.

Jennifer R.13

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one dedicated group who does everything to return orphaned elephants back to the wild with new families. This is how conservation should be. I only wish there were more groups like this. I love getting updates on all the rescues and the follow up with individuals.

Margaret26

Donor

Rating: 5

Sheldrick wildlife trust is AMAZING! When you donate to them or adopt an orphan you are made to feel like your contribution is making a real difference even if it is as small as $5.00. They are always so grateful for your help and make you feel like you are part of a global family that all share the same love for these animals. I love all the updated emails, photos, videos and exclusive content on my orphan, Luggard. My 5 year old son loves his rhino, Apollo, and has learned all about rhinos, where he lives, what he eats... he's learned it all through the trust. Their work not only stops with rescuing orphaned elephants, rhinos, giraffes or any animal they encounter but they also protect they environment, stop poaching, and help the people in the surrounding communities. Their projects are run professionally and with kindness and compassion. I believe that this trust will be apart of our families lives throughout time.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in person in 2009 and it changed my life. I have since "adopted" countless orphaned elephants as gifts for others, who in turn have also gotten involved to maintain the brilliant work started by David Sheldrick and continues.

This is an example of nature, wildlife and humans sharing space, knowledge, resources and love. There are no words sufficient to describe the amazing baby orphaned elephants, rhinos and the incredible keepers who truly make this an epic family of oneness.

Donor

Rating: 5

SWT is simply amazing. They have a comprehensive program. They rescue and raise primarily orphan baby elephants until they move back into the wild. The elephants themselves decide when they are ready. The elephants also choose their caregivers. Potential caregivers are hired on a three month probationary status. If the babies like them they are placed on permanent status . If the babies don't like them they are released. I have adopted three elephants. The trust keeps me posted monthly on their progress. Additionally SWT has mobile vets that treat injured animals, they have community programs to teach local residents to value and have empathy for the animals . They build fencing to mitigate human and wildlife conflicts. They have anti poaching and anti snare programs. SWT is a well run, comprehensive, compassionate agency that deserves the top award.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is by far the BEST organization I have ever donated to. I currently have 6 adopted elephants. In 2018 I was lucky enough to visit Kenya and the Sheldrick Elephant Nursery. What a moving experience! They do such wonderful things for orphaned elephants and other animals. I love the monthly updates, videos and sketches.

Donor

Rating: 5

SWT is one of my favorite wildlife conservation organizations. Their work in Kenya and the Chyulu Hills/Tsavo ecosystem is unparalleled. I have been donating to SWT for more than two years now. Their dedication not only to the orphan elephants they rescue but also to other orphaned wildlife (kudus, rhinos, dikdiks, warthogs among others) that they give a second chance to is so inspiring. Their work treating injured wildlife even outside the confines of their nurseries/stockades, regular ground and air patrolling for poachers, desnaring, and refilling water sources for wild animals in the dry season is pivotal in keeping Tsavo National Park safe and habitable for wildlife. They employ local Kenyans and give them a financial and emotional stake in the preservation of Kenya’s wildlife.

As far as the donation and fostering experience itself is concerned, they make it very easy to donate and it’s even possible to set up auto-deductions. If you’re in the USA, you can make tax-deductible donations through their US office. They send out regular email newsletters, publish conservation field notes and orphan diaries for foster parents. They have an active social media presence and their informational videos and posts really help laypeople grasp the urgency and severity of the poaching and human-wildlife conflict crisis that is gripping so many wild areas of the world today. I heartily recommend SWT to anyone who is interested in African elephants and wildlife.

Kim B.13

Donor

Rating: 5

I have to begin by thanking the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for what they do. They are tireless in their their actions and their broad approach to helping save the elephants is so incredible. The numerous projects they are active in (poaching, vet care, orphan rearing etc.) makes me humble and grateful that world has the SWT to act as stewards for generations of elephants. The challenges the Trust is up against are staggering. Yet it's the Trust's unwavering resolve, to help save and make a better life for the animals it comes in contact with, that keeps me so inspired by their work. They are making a difference and for that I thank them again.

Donor

Rating: 5

When I read that a wild bull elephant that had been shot by poachers came to the Sheldrick Sanctuary for help, and waited patiently for 6 hours for a veterinarian to be flown in to do surgery on him, I knew this was a great organization. Even the wild elephants know it!

Donor

Rating: 5

I support a number of non-profits (and love them all), but The Sheldrick Trust is particularly noteworthy. They do extraordinary work saving all manner of wildlife, but especially orphaned elephants - a species that requires hands on care round the clock for many years. But I think what makes them outstanding is their understanding that the fate of the elephants (and all of us really) depends on addressing the broader environmental and social issues. This informs their mission, and so their work includes broad community outreach (eg, educating children about the local wildlife, addressing human wildlife conflict with pragmatic solutions) planting trees on a large scale, patrolling the wilds of Tsavo and providing water to all the wildlife in the Tsavo ecosystem, deploying their anti-poaching unit, etc. Just recently, they have been handing out food in their community to people in need due to Covid-19. This web-of-life approach -- that what affects one species affects us all --makes them outstanding in the field of wildlife conservation.

Donor

Rating: 5

SWT is hands down one of the best nonprofits in the world!! Their caring is deep, well-reasoned and their mission is adhered to 24/7.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In 2018 my sister and I visited 3 of the Sheldrick elephant orphanages in Kenya. The experience was fantastic, the facilities and care were amazing and the love and attention beyond compare. My family has adopted 3 elephant orphans and one rhino. This is an image that I took of my adopted elephant coming back from a day in the forest.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was flipping thru You Tube videos when I came across an orphan baby Rhino video. I stopped to watch it and fell in love with this little rhino. She had so much spunk. Her name was Maarifa. That's when I found out about adopting an orphan for $50.00. That's such a small amount to be able to help so much. When I checked out the DSWT's website I saw that it started as a nursery for baby elephants. I have always loved elephants. So I decided to adopt both an elephant ( Larro ) and a rhino ( Maarifa ). Right after I adopted Maarifa (10 days later) she passed away. The trust asked if it was ok that they transferred my adoption to a full grown rhino named Maxwell. He is a long time resident there because of his blindness. I have become an addict watching their videos and seeing all the things that they do to help all orphaned animals that come to their attention. They also help the wild animals with water wells, Vet services and anti poaching patrols. They give their hearts and soles to save these beautiful animals for our future generations though these programs and teaching the locals how to coexist without human wildlife conflict. I have never had the chance to go there but it is a dream / on the bucket list of mine. I am actually a little jealous of all the people that get to interact with these precious animals on a daily basis. With times being what they are it is nice to see the good in the world and the videos have helped with all the home bound people because of the pandemic. If I could say one thing, It would be that this organization is the greatest and that everyone should try adopting or donating to this organization. For anyone interested in this organization check out their website and history.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the delightful experience of visiting the Sheldrick orphanage in Nairobi on a trip to Kenya several years ago and have been donating ever since. It was obvious that the orphaned elephants received great care there, and they really loved their caretakers, constantly standing by them and poking them with their trunks while the guys were trying to tell you the stories of all the elephants.

Also, the way the SWT keeps you informed as a donor is unique. I love being able to see videos of the rescues, and to follow the babies' journeys from the orphanage back into the wild. This is a delicate and long-term process which takes years of compassionate caring for the elephants, and sometimes serious medical interventions, before they can be released again into the wild. Sometimes those former orphans come back to "visit" and even bring their wild babies with them! This is truly an indication of their affection for their human partners.

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a very focused and effective organization, highly deserving of our support. The work they do is both important and so heart-warming to see! It is a chance to help these magnificent creatures, who are sadly threatened with extinction, continue to survive and thrive.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) is one of those charities that exceeds your expectations. It has a long history of preserving one of the world's treasures for all of mankind. Rest assured that your donation is making an impact every day. The SWT is a strong communicator and an effective provider - offer sanctuary to Elephants and Rhinos, while offering jobs to local people to care for, rather than exploit the environment.

With so many problems in the world, it is hard to understand where best to donate your time and money. None of us what to donate to a charity this is ineffectual or worse - SWT is the gold standard for safe, reliable, and effective charity.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sometimes man’s inhumanity and selfishness just seem overwhelmingly depressing and yet The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust makes one feel some of the injustices can be righted and the world, or at least those creatures who inhabit a small part of it, can be made whole once again. I’ve been a supporter for two years now and will continue my fostering as it brings me great joy to make a contribution to the project.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to the Sheldrick Trust for the last 20 years, and it is my favorite organization to donate to. They do incredible work and are great at involving donors in every aspect of the orphans' lives and recovery. I follow them on Instagram and Facebook and love seeing photos and videos of the orphans.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am enthralled by the work of this long-standing and remarkable nonprofit! Each of my children and all of my grandchildren have followed the trust with love and understanding. We're all better stewards of the earth as a direct result of the education afforded and the various experiences offered through our association with SWT. We donate, we share, we learn, we discuss, we laugh and cry with every up and down. We simply love the work they do. The animals, two and four legged alike represent the upper echelon of hope. What could be better? We're indebted to SWT for being the beacon of love, life and possibility.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the live broadcast at the Nursery. Listening repeatedly to their bios narrated by Edwin helps me know each one much better and, therefore, the strong bond develops with them. It also keeps me updated with their lives.

It's bitter sweet to see them graduate and start their new chapters at the other integration units. Now I experience the keepers' feelings when the babies move on with their lives to be ready to integrate back to the wild where they belong. I've been filled with the empty nest syndromes.

Because of the live broadcast, I've decided to adopt Luggard and Ziwadi when the adoption renewal comes up. My adopted Mukkoka has grown up so much. He's going to be a handsome bull, a loving father someday. I visited him last October and went to Void twice to meet those precious growing up residents. Hope to return in the near future when the virus dust settles down.

My strong request: please keep the live broadcast going even after the shelter in place is over. It's the best way to globally introduce the Trust to the public. They can witness what's going on in the babies' daily lives. Edwin has done an excellent job informing us of the babies, the other functions the Trust performs in collaboration with the KWS. Kudo to him!!! Because of that, I will adopt Luggard and Ziwadi.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Keep up the good job. Please forward my review to the Nairobi Office. I do want the live broadcast to continue, please.

Francesca H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with this organization last summer on a trip to Kenya. Having “adopted” a baby for myself and one for travel companions, I have been following them all year. The care of the keepers brings tears to my eyes. The tenderness shown to newcomers by older orphans is so touching. These wonderful babies deserve and receive lavish attention and care from all involved. The reintegration process ensures that they will grow on to lead normal, in-the-wild lives. Many reintegrated females return to show their wild-born baby to the staff. This gives testimony to the abiding tie that is created, and the continuing gratitude that these elephants feel for Sheldrick.

Alice M.2

Donor

Rating: 5

We have donated for a number of years. At first I was simply attracted by the work they do with orphaned elephants and we “adopted” two of them.
As time went on, I realized the value of their work for many species and for the environment.
Then I started studying the faces and demeanor of the keepers and reading about their dedication and pride in the work they do.
The personalized newsletters, with information about our adopted orphans are wonderful.
During this time of isolation and stress, the videos of the elephant families, protecting and teaching one another are truly inspiring.
I love the work they do.

Katharine S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Comprehensive care and protection for elephants and other animals at every stage of their development to prepare them to be returned to the wild. Selfless 24/7 efforts by all involved. Anti-poaching; medical care in the field; rescue; nursery and reintegration. Good relationships with those who support and adopt through newsletters and social media. From David and Dame Daphne to everyone associated, there is an excellence of love and professional work at the highest standards.

Dianna P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place Sheldrick is! I have visited a while back and adopted 4 elephants. Their caretakers are dedicated and extremely knowledgeable . One of the most impressive things about SWT is they take care of many kinds of animals, not just elephants.
Amazing people-amazing place!!!!!!

Karen M.17

Donor

Rating: 5

I have adopted several baby elephants in the past 2 years. I am so impressed with the care that is given to each one. These babies are rescued after it is determined their mothers have passed for various reasons. I love that these little ones are eventually released back into the wild when they are ready. Although most are elephants The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has also saved other wildlife.

Donor

Rating: 5

Have been a member for a number of years and they have always done remarkable work saving not just elephants but other wildlife as well. That they have protected areas, patrols, “flying vets” to help any animal spotted in need of medical care are all further reasons for their reason to be top rated.

Aditya S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sheldrick plays an invaluable role in conservation and protection efforts (especially related to elephants, but not only) in Kenya. Not only do they an excellent job in rescuing and re-integrating baby elephants and other animals, but they also do a great job of working with communities and letting members of the general public know about the issues around conservation in Kenya.

Donor

Rating: 5

I live in SoHo NYC USA. When I walked home on 6/3/2020, which was a few days after the looting in my neighborhood, I wanted to cry as I was walking home seeing all storefronts were boarded with huge plywoods.
When I got home that late morning, I received an email from SWT about Luggard and Enkesha of their graduation to Umani Springs. I cried again but this time in joy. I was very touched not only by their great work but the thoughtful consideration in selecting Umani Spring as their destination because of the two baby elephants’ disabilities. This is just one of stories that I came to mind. The SWT Team brings the lives of the elephants and their work to our lives on regular basis which is a constant reminder of how narrow our minds are and our lack of attention to the lives on planet Earth as human.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a very caring and giving organization. By saving baby elephants who've been orphaned due to human wildlife conflict or poaching, they are giving back to Africa and the world. For the public, to foster a baby who has witnessed such horror is a privilege. Sheldrick's is doing it right. They've mastered what conservation means. They are elephant whisperers.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with this nonprofit. I looked it up on Charity Navigator before contributing and couldn’t find a higher rated nonprofit if I tried. The work that Sheldrick Trust does is really remarkable. Not only do they save elephants and other animals they are dedicated to their work of getting everyone where they belong — back in the wild. I’ve now adopted four elephants, get updates, and one has graduated!

Robin S.7

Donor

Rating: 5

I live in Alaska. I've visited the nursery several times. I adopted 2 baby elephants, Luggard and Enkesha two years ago. It only cost $50 per year to adopt. Luggard knee was shot and shattered when he was 4 months. He didn't get rescued immediately. Unfortunately by the time he was his knee had permanently fused. Luggard really only has use of 3 of his legs.
At 4 months Enkesha got her trunk caught in a snare. It was almost severed. Sheldrick attempted to reattach the trunk totally but Enkesha like any normal child resisted the bandage. Her trunk is now totally usable but one can see major evidence of the cut made by the snare.
They both just graduated from the nursery! They have move to a permanent home at Umani springs were they will live in an abundant area where they won't have to travel great distances for food. But eventually they will have freedom of the area.
Sheldrick creates opportunity for both local and foreign visitors to see these baby elephants, rhino and more depending on what has been rescued. It is a place of joy but also a place of loss because they don't always win the battle. The community of caretakers are immensely dedicated. Sheldrick helps to employ local people and creates local activist for wildlife.
This is only a small part of what Sheldrick does but the joy of seeing these rescued creatures play and drink their milk is an impactful experience I can't forget and must support.
Robin Smith

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a contributor to DSWT for about 5 years. In that time , I have only become more impressed with their mission, organization, efficiency, and transparency. I was able to spend 10 days last fall touring the Nairobi nursery and the different reintegration units in Kenya. I can't think of a more deserving nonprofit for my donations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can't remember where or when I first heard about Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, but I was fascinated but the concept and investigated the organization. Since then, I have sponsored four elephants: one has returned to the wild, three are in the reintegration units, and one is still in the nursery. In 2018, I was able to visit the Nursery and was impressed with the accommodations for the babies. The organization and staff are dedicated and remarkable.
All who are sponsors and those who are recipients of sponsors, receive a monthly newsletter sharing the goings-on throughout the Trust's locations, with particular emphasis on one's specific elephant.
The overall dedication of all who work at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is evident when speaking to the Keepers and others. The extent of the Trust in the fly-overs, the anti-poaching teams with dogs, the veterinary units, and the cooperation with Kenya Wildlife Services, and the rangers is phenomenal. There is a lot of pride for what they are all doing to save the animals of Kenya.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Their commitment to wildlife is a true inspiration. They work hard on the field every single day, rescuing orphans, freeing animals from snares, healing them, and protecting them through patrolls in Tsavo. I am happy I am part of this mission with them. They deserve all the support they can get.

1 Rj H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Shedrick Wildlife Trust is a wonderful organization devoted to the preservation of the elephant and rhino too. Watch the episode of Dodo Heroes on Itunes which clearly shows the level of commitment of the dedicated employees towards the care and maintenance of these important species. Sheldricks have been saving and nurturing wildlife for well over a century now and their resolve and diligence is evident in their work and success stories of healing and providing education & support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/USA is part of an international network that supports the work to save and rehabilitate orphaned and injured elephants in Kenya. Daphne Sheldrick started the Orphanage at the Nairobi National Park, some 60 years ago, and gradually built a remarkable international network of supporters. Their work is outstanding.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a WORLD class organization! They have wonderful postings each month to let donors know how the elephants are doing and if you have a question, they communicate back with you in a timely manner. I donate monthly to the Trust and have adopted four precious EARTH TREASURES. I love how they are always on the look out by air and on foot for anyone or thing that would harm THEM. They have an excellent travelling medic field team that administers top notch care to animals that are in need. THANK YOU to SWT!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This wildlife trust is amazing. I was lucky to visit in 2018, and I fell in love with the elephants and work they do there. The keepers are so dedicated to the elephants. You can tell they care deeply for the animals in their care, even though that means they are away from their own families as they sleep with the elephants and care for them. Plus, they do so much to educate people about the dangers facing elephants and other wildlife, and they help fund rescues of other wildlife. I feel like maybe wildlife, especially elephants, have a chance because of the Sheldrick. Thank you for all you do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

THE most amazing, inspiring, incredible organization that does SO much to protect African wildlife from poaching and human conflict.

1 Emily R.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful group- one that you can feel truly comfortable when donating to that the money goes precisely where they say it does. They share every step of their reintegration process and how they keep their donors "foster parents" in the loop is absolutely wonderful. I love this Trust and plan to donate to them lifelong. Very happy, and proud to be a supporter of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust