My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA, Laguna Hills, CA, USA
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.