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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

173 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

8 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

I've read about Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and have watched videos of elephant orphan rescues on YouTube for many years so I finally started donating a half dozen years ago or so in order to do my part to help their conservation efforts. I've never regretted any donation made to them and think that their work is inspirational to us all. I plan to continue donating every year (in fact, other than tithing at my church, SWT is the biggest recipient of my charitable contributions) and also plan to put language into a living trust to give a large portion of my estate to them upon my death. They are doing God's work out there in Kenya.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love hearing the stories of each elephant and how they arrived at place they were found and nurtured back to health and how with much care from the guardians are loved and kept secure until they can once again go back into the wild with their own! It warms my heart and makes me smile to take part in the rescue and love of these elephants whom God made for His earth!

Donor

Rating: 5

Having experienced first hand from Dame Daphne Sheldrick her letter conversations with me, and how they have shown time and time again that they know what they are doing and are so very transparent about what they do--they deserve 10 stars! Imagine any company in the animal business documenting daily who they care for, for 10 years, who does that? Not only that they help children in schools in their area, they have planted a million trees for the future of humanity and elephants. And Angela, who now runs the organization was by Dame Daphne's side growing up with the elephants and their other animals they raised. So Angela has been at this for 40 years herself! What an absolutely well run and organized company keeping elephants for our childrens future!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

SWT is the most remarkable and loving group ever! I’ve been with them for
almost 15 years, when I first read Dame Daphne’s book and fell in love. I’ve
always wished I could adopt all the babies! Their keepers are the most extra-
ordinary group of men; so loving and giving- I think they must have one of
the best jobs in the world. They also take care of Maxwell and Apollo the
rhinos and Kiko the giraffe .Watching the elephant babies and rhinos and
giraffe love the keepers back is just heartwarming. I’m so proud to be asso-
ciated with the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and I think Angela Sheldrick does the
memory of her parents proud.

Donor

Rating: 5

guiding young children through a charity lesson a few years ago, i searched for an animal welfare organization serving elephants as we voted to help through our efforts. wanting to pack a punch with whatever funds we collected through our bake sale, arts fare and plea for donations, i found sheldrick tipped the scale in the percentage of gifts going to animals. we "adopted " 2 elephants with the funds we raised. the adoption program gave us names, stories and photos of the elephants we chose. this was perfect for impacting the minds of small children and homing in the lesson of charity / service. the adoption program gives trust updates and keepers journal entries which made us feel as if we had joined a community far away along with helping our favorite animal. since then i have continued the adoptions out of respect for all those at sheldrick do for animals in their corner of the world and for the love of elephants. the trust has upgraded their web and shared more ways to help over the years, keeping up with the time. all the correspondences i have had with their representatives and angela sheldrick have been friendly and prompt. i am thankful to have found the trust to trust the children's fund efforts to. we felt closer and included by the way they do animal welfare.

Donor

Rating: 5

We've been a supporter of SWT since 2018 and have been continually impressed by the transparency of their inner workings and most importantly the level of care they provide the orphans they rescue, rehabilitate (heal) and release. Their prevention/protection efforts and land management dedication are unparalleled and all African countries could benefit from a "Be like Sheldrick Wildlfe Trust" coaching program, especially South Africa.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the constant feedback about everything they are doing. Always sending information about rescues, releases, medical treatments, and all their ongoing work. Its obvious where your money is going to. They don't push, push, push for money but their successes just make you want to invest and donate more.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Sheldrick and was fortunate to visit them in Kenya. I hope they can keep up their great efforts forever!

Donor

Rating: 5

Giving to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a passion and pleasure. I know my dollars are helping to provide the very best care for the animals they rescue! I've been donating to this non profit for years. The life saving efforts they provide the elephants and rhinos in their care is outstanding. The dedication of the staff is inspiring! The trauma that most of the animals in their care go through is heart breaking. I am so grateful that this organization exists to save these animals!

Donor

Rating: 5

Just watch a few SWT videos of the orphaned Elephants at Nairobi Nursery - Ithumba - Umani Springs and you will know how Invaluable this Wildlife Trust is.
Then add SWT Anti-Poaching - Community Environmental Education - Veterinary Life Flights - Reforestation and you have, in my opinion, The Premier Wildlife Savior ever created by humans!
SWT' All Encompassing approach is The Gold Standard!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for 3 years. It all began with an adorable little orphan named Ziwadi. I felt so emotionally attached to this little girl because she has disabilities, as I do. Supporting her seemed natural and necessary. But it’s provided so much more. I love the beautiful artwork I receive from Angela that is so expressive and beautiful. I love the monthly updates, the stories and video experiences on Instagram and Twitter, and the opportunity to help out if some emergency arises. To date I am a foster mom to a total of 3 orphans, I’ve bought numerous merchandise (all of the highest quality!) and I’ve made SWT the ONLY beneficiary in my will. This is a big decision because I do have family, but I feel so much love and devotion to a cause I believe in, that this was an easy decision for me. I hope that someday soon I can travel to Kenya to visit the Nairobi nursery as well as the other reintegration locations. And I will be adopting another elephant this month, and I’m sure more in the future. I love that SWT does not constantly beg for money from me, but instead simply shows me with photos and video how my money is being used. This makes me always want to donate more and more! The organization is so well run, it’s obvious the keepers love their jobs and you can tell that David and Dame Daphne’s daughter and her family are super dedicated to conservation, the lives of African wildlife, and growing the understanding of the communities in being active participants in protecting these amazing creatures. I truly can’t say enough about SWT! I’m a marine mammal rescuer and rehabilitator in MA and NH (USA) and LOVE what I do. I also love the non-profit organization that I’m affiliated with. But they simply don’t compare to SWT in the work they each do, the dedication of employees and volunteers and the personal attachment to the “cause” by the CEOs/ Board members. Please know that I would give up everything I have and move to Kenya and live the rest of my life there if they wanted me, but SWT only accepts employees and volunteers from Africa so that they can continue to educate people in their area about the importance of these animals to our planet’s survival. Well I’m devastated at not being able to help out physically, I admire their beliefs and mission. I stand by my statement that they are a superlative organization in every respect.

Bobby C.5

Donor

Rating: 5

I am blown aware of the incredibly personalized and brilliant care the babies and community are given by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. I love being a part of saving these babies lives from across the world.

Jacqueline B.3

Donor

Rating: 5

On a daily basis they are saving the lives of the most vulnerable, baby elephants. They work to protect areas from poaching and fund vets to provide crucial care to lions, wild elephants, giraffes, and many other species wounded by spears, snares, and other predators. They are transparent with where the live-saving funds they receive go with daily videos of their good works. I imagine the work is very hard and never stops but Sheldrick Widlife Trust USA, this long-standing organization, continues to take great care of these amazingly intelligent and special creatures. God bless them

Tara Galvin B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had a tremendous visit here! The care these animals receive and there commitment to them is truly amazing. I really found it to be and extremely well-run organization that I continue to support. They are at the top of my list for charitable organizations.

Brandi S.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Been following SWT for a number of years and the work they are doing is beyond measure. I have "adopted" an elephant in the past and will gladly do so again. I cannot tell you the happiness bestowed upon my heart knowing that this truly incredible organization exists on the opposite side of the world. The photos and tales of rescue/rehabilitation leave no room for doubt of their worthiness of any award up for grabs. They are essential to the survival of African elephants and go beyond that by helping other species when possible.
I would argue to be an orphan elephant caretaker is one of the most joyful, rewarding, and inspiring roles in existence, if not heart-breaking, and would give anything to have such an impactful experience.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful team. Love their genuine and caring nature. They do great email follow ups after we adopted an orphan last year!! Let’s support them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is amazing. When I read the stories of the rescues, rehabilitation, and gentle keepers and the brave rangers I am filled with gratitude that they are there helping the wildlife with all of the pressure on them. This is one of my favorite charities, I see the results, and hope to be there in person one day to thank them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in the same way I imagine thousands of others did, on the tv show 60 minutes decades ago. I was touched by the story of the orphaned elephants and their tireless advocate and care giver Mrs. sheldrick. Years later when they established an amazing internet presence I was again captivated by the stories of success. I am very concerned about the loss of our large animals and fear what the world will be if they are no longer here. There are other elephant preserves out there but I support the Sheldrick Trust because I feel they are the most successful and well run, and for their broader mission to protect wildlife habitat.
Liz MacMillan

ysiddiqui

Donor

Rating: 5

I got introduced to Sheldrick through a coworker, did my research and visited the Nursery in Nairobi. It’s an amazing organization and I am so happy to support them! I have adopted three young elephants and love getting updates on them and following the Instagram account.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sheldrick Trust has become the gold standard I look for in charitable organizations. They accomplish so much for wildlife in Kenya that I'm continually coming back to find new ways to support their extremely valuable work.

They are extremely open when it comes to their victories and struggles, whether that be the joyful reintroduction of an orphan to the wild, or the death of a beloved orphan. I truly feel like this is an organization that exists because everyone in it truly cares about these wonderful beings.

SWT nurseries exist solely for the rehabilitation and reintroduction of animals into the wild, not as a kind of tourist attraction. They accomplish their work of protecting and fostering wildlife directly through rehabilitation and veterinary aid, but also through anti-poaching rangers, air units, and just as importantly, community outreach.

One final note; SWT is the organization that opened me up to giving. Since discovering them, I've opened up to supporting multiple charities that protect wildlife around the world. I'm proud to support these organizations that truly make a difference.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fab NGO, great transparency, well done keeping the public, donors et al informed through em news updates. Love that they routinely feature the hardworking staff that makes it all possible.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is awesome! I sponsor two baby elephants through them. The Trust not only does incredible work for the wildlife they serve, but they also do a wonderful job making sure their supporters feel involved (sending monthly updates, newsletters, watercolor photos, etc.). I am a huge fan of the Trust and their work and plan to continue to support them for many more years!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a former nonprofit consultant myself, I am so impressed with the work the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA does and how well they communicate with donors and keep them (me) informed. This level of communicating and reaching out distinguishes them n the world of non-profits. Truly exemplary in every way.

1 Karen F.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While I would love to be able to travel to Africa and visit this wonderful sanctuary, at my age it will never happen. I have always loved elephants and reading the accounts of rescues and watching the videos and reading the stories of the elephants growing and thriving at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust just brings me joy. As I am able, I send donations when I can. Long may this wonderful organization continue!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I stumbled onto the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust via U-Tube and I have stayed involved ever since. I have adopted two elephants, Enkesha and Esoit, and make a monthly donation. I wish I could do more! I am amazed and my heart is warmed by the wonderful work done by the SWT and their loving commitment to wildlife in Kenya. I always look forward to receiving their communications, and like that I can read specific bits about Enkesha and Esoit! It makes me feel good to be a tiny part of an incredible and inspiring organization that does such good!

1 Marcia M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Love seeing their stories of the elephants and other animals they rescue and rehabilitate to return to the wild every day. They get an A+ for communications with donors by reaching out on all social channels and email with their news. Another great plus are the multiple programs they run or co-run with the Kenyan wildlife parks, bringing water to remote areas, veterinary care to wild animals who've been ensnared or otherwise injured, and supporting rangers and other whole economy initiatives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So far, I have "adopted" 14 baby elephants from Sheldrick. This nonprofit does great work in rescuing and rehabilitating orphans. In addition, frequent emails keep me up to date on the orphans as well as the other important work Sheldrick is doing. Each message is carefully crafted, full of amazing information, and genuinely heartwarming. The friends for whom I have "adopted" a baby as a gift have been unanimously thrilled by the gift and by all accompanying adoption information and updates.

This nonprofit does work that leaves me hopeful for the future of elephants.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for years, both under Dame Daphne’s leadership and more recently under the leadership of Angela Sheldrick. While David and Daphne had the original vision and made The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust a reality, Angela grew up with that vision and has leveraged her lifelong experience with technology and partnerships to expand what David and Daphne started, successfully bringing it into a more modern business venture.

I've adopted several orphans over the years and read all the books published about SWT. SWT is an impressive organization, by any measure. Their endurance as an entity through times of economic and national strife over the past 50 years is amazing and inspirational. The fact that their mission involves the care of orphaned elephants (a 10-year venture for each orphan), as well as protection of their habitat, makes their story especially compelling.

This is a family legacy that has literally changed a nation and saved a species in Kenya! Over time, their missions have expanded and their experience places them in a unique position to continue this incredible endeavor.

This work is expensive and requires the continued support and flow of contributions from around the world to keep the endeavor viable. Please consider supporting SWT and their remarkable Keepers, veterinary team, pilots, helpers, cooks and admin staff to save this keystone species and help them flourish!

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter, who visited the Sheldrick elephant facility outside of Nairobi, got me started as a sponsor of one of Sheldrick's orphans (Ziwadi). This organization is excellent at letting its donors know where there contributions are going and how their various orphans are getting along. They provide work for local Africans and attempt to keep the elephant reserves safe from poachers and other encroachments. I love to get the monthly news of new arrivals and the progress of Ziwadi. This is a top-rated organization in my estimation, in fact, my favorite.
Mike Rushton

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Daphne Sheldrick created the milk formula that is dire to infant elephant survival as they are milk dependent for about 5 years. They are a phenomenal organization that rescues, rehabilates and releases animals that need help. They remove snares and provide livelihoods and education for the local population. They are a truly great organization. I visited the nursery in 2015 and it was a highlight of my life.

Donor

Rating: 5

My preschool class of two year olds adopted Dololo with charity money they had gathered during the year. Charity was a pretty abstract concept for them, but with the information and resources provided by SWT, I could bring Dololo's story to life for them. The children loved learning about how he was rescued and seeing the photos. As I learned more about the nursery and how the elephants "graduate" to the next home I could relate this to my class and make it more relatable. The monthly updates, images and stories created a relationship that even my youngest two year old got excited about.
I love everything this charity does and appreciate how their accessibility and details brought these elephants to life in my classroom.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organisation. We have adopted two orphans and love to hear their stories, whilst feeling like we are doing something to help them.

Donor

Rating: 5

In this time of negativity that surrounds us, it is imperative to find all the positives that we can. By continuing to not only maintain already established programs but to also add new ones, and by sharing news of these with us, the Sheldrick Institute is bringing positive action into all our lives.











































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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We arrived at Sheldrake just as a ranger was bringing a group of delightful little elephants home for the morning. We wandered around and got to see so much: little guys eating, drinking, getting pets from their rangers. We got to see our adoptees (thanks to Brighton Jones.) Also a fierce-looking rhino who loved our pets, and a huge giraffe who hung out next to the elephant building. Meeting the rangers was wonderful--dedicated, loving, passionate about the young'uns.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I don’t have a lot to spare but what I have goes to the trust. They have faithfully built onto the legacy of David and Daphne Sheldrick and grown it to a scale that makes a real difference in the world of conservation. They tackle all areas of wildlife care as well as education and in the process add to the economy of Kenya by employing many people and encouraging responsible tourism. It never occurred to me to visit Kenya but after following and supporting The Sheldrick Trust, now it’s the only place I want to go.

2 Heather P.8

Donor

Rating: 5

Where do I start to tell the story of this amazing Charity Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. This charity is focused on saving African elephants and other wildlife animals in Kenya. But, it is also building and preserving the habitat, protection with rangers and an anti-poaching team. It works in the communities by educating the next generation of children to understand the importance of elephants and all other animals in their vicinity. The SWT are creating , through water for wildlife, watering holes so that elephants can access water throughout the year now and into the future. They are assisting the local communities with strategies like Bee fencelines, which naturally deter elephants from crop raiding. This not only protects crops but also adds another form of income for farmers. They employ local men to their 4 units as carers for the orphaned elephants, but also employ women in their capacity as gardeners to grow plants and trees to replenish forests and other environmental areas, such as mangroves, etc. They hold movie nights and show films to explain what they are doing and regularly bring school classes to the Nursery for children to view morning milk feeds for the orphans.
All in all I believe they are doing everything possible to save the African elephants. I love them and the work they are doing.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was gifted the fostering of an orphaned elephant several years ago at Christmas, and every year, it’s my most cherished present. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust does such wonderful, lifesaving work, and make it so personal with your foster. You see videos and get updates all the time on them. They are a great nonprofit that does such important work.

Ellen Rapp W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I received an email one day from the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and having always loved elephants, I visited their website. I was amazed at how professional the Trust was and loved seeing the amazing work they are doing with elephants. I have “adopted” two elephants and look forward to their email updates. I always read the articles about the rescues and the treatments they do in the wild. They are a wonderful Trust and care so much about the elephants!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The daily or almost-daily Instagram videos about the orphans, with accompanying text providing detailed insights into what elephants need in order to grow up healthy and able to be a successful member of a wild herd, are WONDERFUL. The explanations of what the Rangers do, what the translocation teams do, how the Trust works very hard to reduce community-elephant conflict.... all of this education is incredibly impressive. The Sheldrick Trust people are real boots-on-the-ground people, helping to save a species that really needs the help. I am happy to support this organization, because I can see valuable things actually getting DONE.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to actually visit the orphanage in Nairobi three times and I am always in awe of the tremendous work done by the keepers and workers there as well as the administration. It really is the only reason I try to get back to Africa and Nairobi and I am hing someday to stay oat one of their eco lodges. he ongoing education is so pertinent not only to the onlookers and visitors but through their email newsletter. I have found giving an "orphan adoption" as a birthday or Christmas gift is a great way to educate young children on the plight of the animal kingdom.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of this Trust since visiting their Elephant Nursery in Kenya in 2014. The regular updates that are sent via email are superb - with detailed information about their work and the amazing animals that they lovingly nurture, protect and heal, as well as a wealth of photos and videos to bring adopters and other supporters up close to the work on the ground and in the air. The level of commitment to the Trust's mission has never waivered, and has even grown stronger and more far-sighted since the death of its inspiring founder, Dame Daphne Sheldrick, a few years ago. This is a charity that I will continue to support for the rest of my life.

Erin S.9

Donor

Rating: 5

Such wonderful work they do - and great updates for donors. I will keep adopting orphaned elephants from SWT for as long as I can, to support this critical work!

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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

Staff is always very helpful and well informed about projects. I have total confidence my donations are going to intended recipients. If you’re passionate about Africa’s wildlife, this is your charity!

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Donor

Rating: 5

A few years ago I was looking for an Elephant charity to adopt/make a donation as a gift for a friend. I came across Sheldrick and was immediately impressed by their dedication to helping elephants in need. People don't seem to understand how important it is to help these type of organizations that try to save our endangered species. By helping these animals we are helping not only ourselves but the world. I keep renewing my friend's sponsorship every year now and she, in turn, has gifted me a sponsorship of another deserving elephant!

Pam F.7

Donor

Rating: 5

The posts with pictures, videos and stories on Instagram from Sheldrick Trust helped me with my anxiety and tendency toward depression in 2020. All the stories are heart-warming, inspiring, engaging, I have now adopted two elephants I want to do more to help this organization to continue to care for the elephants.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is an amazing organisation! The David Sheldrick Foundation make the world a better place!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I know my dollars are being used judiciously and that the SWT is using innovative methods to help solve the enormous tragedy of hunters making orphans out of these incredibly intelligent and sentient beings.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is extremely dedicated to their mission and provide YouTube videos that fully portray how the orphans are rescued and cared for. The "keepers" or more accurately "caregivers" are heroes in my eyes. They build a bond of trust with the orphans and follow-through with their goal to return them to living in the wild at the right time.
They keep supporters informed with updates by email, and express appreciation in the most winsome way. The entire operation is the kindest!!! None better than this!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this non profit. I love how you can adopt an animal and they send you updates. I adopt two and then also buy some extra stuff when I can. I donated a meal for the keepers. I love how rewarding this makes you feel knowing you are helping preserve such beautiful creatures. The people at sheldrick trust are angels and do such amazing work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is an extraordinary organization. The transparency and inclusiveness for the donor is very rewarding. I see my donations working everyday in the most efficient, productive way. The elephants are being given the opportunity to live safe in a loving, caring environment in preparation for them to walk free. Every morning I check in on my computer to see the latest report. It often brings smiles and sometimes tears of joy. Seeing a video of a now free former orphan, so trusting she returns to show off her new wild born calf, is a treasured memory. Whether to save an injured animal or watch the milk run for the babies, my heart is always full when I leave the computer. When the monthly newsletter arrives, I enjoy reading about my 16 fosters. They have been part of my life for many years. I wouldn’t have it any other way. For me, SWT is the Gold Standard for non-profit wildlife conservation and rehabilitation and all that it entails. Be inspired! Donate.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya a few years ago. You can actually feel the love abounding in this phenomenal sanctuary. The caretakers and the orphaned elephants have such a beautiful and respectful bond.

Dorothy R.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust because I love all they do for Elephants and all Wildlife. I was so lucky to go to Kenya in 2018 and visit three of their units. The love and care that I saw firsthand for the Elephants and Rhino and Giraffe there was amazing.
The keepers were so patient and loving, from the bottle feedings and walking into the bush to spend the day watching over the Elephants, the cleaning of the units which were very clean, considering the large animals in their care. Watching the keepers putting the very young orphans to bed and bunking in with them.
Everyone we were in contact with were very kind, .friendly and helpful.
All the other aspects of The Sheldrick Trust, the Ranger units, the Veterinary units, the Community involvement, I know I haven’t mentioned everything they do every day, but I feel they are so very deserving of the Great Nonprofit Award.

Donor

Rating: 5

Several years ago I read a book by Daphne Sheldrick and was so impressed with the work that she and her family and associates have done that I decided to donate. I have sponsored an elephant named Lasayen ever since. I get regular updates on SWT’s work, including letters, photos, videos, and even printable watercolors of elephants. If I ever win the lottery, SWT will get many millions, but at least I can send a little bit every month to help them help African wildlife.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The work SWT does sets the standard for other Wildlife Organizations. Adopting their youngsters, watching them develop. and learning how to function in a herd environment, and then eventually being released back into the wild.

Particularly touching is learning and watching some "alumnae" of the SWT return to the refuge with their newborn offspring. Its show time!! Look what I did, all because of you wonderful people at SWT.

They have set a high bar and fully deserve support and congratulations from all of us.

Dieter Buehler
Asheville. NC

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spent a week with the Sheldrick team and I have nothing but amazing positive things to say about it all.

1 Evelyn P.5

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. I've supported them for years. They not only help the elephants but all the other animals by providing medical care and access to water. They provide education to local communities and are essential in keeping Kenya's wild places safe.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If I could give Sheldrick 10 stars, I would! I am beyond impressed with the extraordinary work that they do to save orphaned elephants and then work with them for years in order to safely reintegrate them into the wild. They have figured everything out in terms of what these sweet elephants (and rhinos and zebras) need to thrive and they implement it beautifully. They also help other wild elephants in the area by providing water and helping them if they are injured. I have adopted a number of elephants and will continue to do so. Sheldrick is one of the most amazing organizations I have ever encountered and I am proud to support them!

1 CKABOOKS

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel honored to be a part of this amazing group. Some highlights: Email updates/ journals of the elephants we have "adopted", postings about how the neighboring communities are involved, postings about the rangers trying to stop poachers, photos of the elephants in their care. During quarantine, I watched a live stream video of the elephants at feeding time. The folks at DSWT are thinking outside the box as to the many ways they can share their experiences with people across the world. PLUS, they are doing God's work with the animals that are in their care.

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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

Wonderful organization -I was given a gift of an adopted elephant and watched my little guy grow and thrive—-awesome organization and a beautiful cause to save these wonderful creatures.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting SWT for 7 years with the adoption of Mbegu. Every month, I receive updates on both the happenings at Sheldrick, but also about my specific elephant. Their Instagram account shows the many wonderful elephants they rescue, not just to take into their care but also those who are wild, as well as other wildlife in a very fragile ecosystem. Whenever a loved one has a baby, I adopt an elephant for that child so they can grow together and hopefully live in a better world.

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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.

Donor

Rating: 5

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is one of my favorite nonprofits. I love the work they do rescuing and protecting elephants and rhinos from poaching. They do it all, and give regular, thorough updates on what the organization is doing. I trust this nonprofit and feel good about donating.

Donor

Rating: 5

I used to believe that no charity was worth supporting unless it helped humans. But after falling in love with orphaned baby elephants (and the occasional wee rhino or hippo!), I came to understand how ALL life on Earth is worth nurturing, and that Sheldrick is not only of benefit to the wild, endangered animals they save, but also to the dedicated community of Kenyans who add their love and training to the mission.

Sandi Fremont L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love the work they do, the updates they provide and everything they do to help elephants of all shapes and sizes recognizing our connection to these amazing beasts.

Donor

Rating: 5

As one who fosters a variety of animals, anti poaching units, via the Sheldrick Wildlife trust, I can say with ease its number one in using funds for the animals vs ads. The monthly updates, photos, keepers diaries, videos and continual follow up on any of the animals, re confirms the efforts that have made a difference. When you write to them, you get a response in 48 hours or less from them on site. Am sure the work they do to keep donors informed, is hard work but it shows how much the care to let you know your funds make a difference. Normally you get a once a year or twice a year plea for donations from most other organizations, with this one you get monthly updates, good news or sad news... and personalized water colors of the baby elephants from the daughter of the founder.