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Diria and Nzuki take the elephants out for the day! These boys may look quite a bit different from the rest of our Voi dependent herd, but they fit right in. As with all orphaned wildlife who come into our care, we are raising these little zebras with the love and attention they need to thrive — and then, when they’re ready, we will help them reintegrate into Tsavo’s wild populations. In the meantime, however, they are happy to grow up in the company of their elephant friends. _________ Video © Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #SWT #NzukiSWT #DiriaSWT #zebra #kenya #whyilovekenya #conservation #tsavo #protect #africa #wildlife
For decades, a distinctive one-tusked bull has roamed the plains of Tsavo East. Last week, he was spotted along the far eastern boundary of the park, but something was amiss: He was walking in an unusually effortful manner, dragging his rear leg behind him. It looked like he was the victim of a poaching attempt. Our SWT/KWS Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit was called to provide treatment. Working with the KWS and Galana Conservancy, we were able to locate and anesthetize the patient. Dr. Poghon removed a poisoned arrow, embedded deeply in his leg joint. The injury is grave, but with veterinary intervention, we are optimistic that he will make a full recovery. In two weeks time, we will conduct a second operation, and in the meantime, our aerial teams will continue to monitor the bull from the air. This elephant is another example of the coronavirus pandemic’s toll on our natural world. Widespread loss of jobs and lack of income from the tourism industry has led to an increase in illegal activities, which we fear will only continue to rise in the coming weeks and months. While we are hopeful this magnificent bull will continue to preside over Tsavo for years to come, his story could have ended very differently. This was a logistically challenging treatment, made possible through your donations. To read the full account, visit: sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/news _________ Photos © Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #conservation #kenya #whyilovekenya #elephant #bekindtoelephants #veterinarian #wildlifevet #tsavo #antipoaching
There’s something about Dololo that sets the big girls’ hearts aflutter! Although he was a brash little boy at the Nursery, our visiting ex orphans are absolutely besotted with him. As you may recall, Olare and Loijuk were so enchanted that they tried to kidnap him last month. Now, Sities, Suguta, and Turkwel — who are remaining closer to our Ithumba Reintegration Unit during the dry season — have fallen in love with Dololo. They happily spend an entire morning in his company, catering to his every whim. On this particularly hot day, the girls led little Dololo to find a shady area, where they relaxed until the temperature dropped. This is a win-win situation for everyone: Dololo enjoys all the attention, while Sities, Suguta, and Turkwel continue to hone their maternal skills for when they start their own families. To meet Dololo and the other orphans who are currently working their way back to a life in the wild at our Ithumba Reintegration Unit, click our link in bio or visit: sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/ithumba-herd _________ Video © Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #SWT #DololoSWT #SitiesSWT #SugutaSWT #TurkwelSWT #elephant #kenya #whyilovekenya #adopt #conservation #bekindtoelephants #tsavo #coexist
Help wildlife with every purchase! From notebooks to necklaces, tee shirts to tote bags, our online shops have the perfect products for any elephant lover — and best of all, 100% of proceeds from every sale go towards our conservation efforts here in Kenya. See the full range we have on offer and shop to support the SWT at: sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/shop
Kenya is full of remarkable creatures. Which is your favorite? We work tirelessly to protect key habitats and the wildlife who call them home. Find out how your donations help us forge a sustainable future for all manner of creatures: sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/projects _________ Photo © Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Mia Collis #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #impala #giraffe #wildlife #kenya #whyilovekenya #conservation #antipoaching #africa #magicalkenya #savetheplanet
Well, it’s only rare for one of the pair: Maktao (left) is fixated on his strength these days, and is constantly devising ways to showcase it. As mini matriarch of the Nursery herd, Maisha (right) is usually far too busy to indulge the older bulls in wrestling matches. However, she clearly felt playful today and decided it was time to show Maktao what she’s made of! After a competitive bout, Maisha strolled off to check on her little charges, with Maktao hot on her heels to find his next sparring partner. To meet Maisha, Maktao, and the other members of our Nursery herd, click our link in bio or visit: sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/nursery/herd _________ Video © Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #MaishaSWT #MaktaoSWT #elephant #kenya #whyilovekenya #adopt #conservation #bekindtoelephants #fun #competition
Ndotto checks in with Joseph, the Head Keeper at our Voi Reintegration Unit. Joseph has been with us for an incredible 23 years, raising dozens of orphaned elephants and helping them find their place back in the wild. As Joseph can attest to, each elephant has distinct characteristics and a unique personality. Ndotto certainly marches to the beat of his own drum: One day, he got so excited playing in the water that he decided to sit on Mashariki’s head as she was submerged. Onlooking elephants were outraged by this naughty behavior and came charging in to discipline Ndotto, causing a commotion which drove all the orphans scurrying out of the water. Joseph and the other Voi Keepers let these moments unfold naturally, as they teach youngsters like Ndotto an important lesson in elephant etiquette! _________ Photo © Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Mia Collis #SheldrickTrust #SWT #elephant #NdottoSWT #kenya #whyilovekenya #adopt #conservation #bekindtoelephants
Naleku doesn’t do anything by halves! She is still learning how to trumpet, but given her determined, can-do attitude, we have no doubt that she will master the skill in no time. All elephants have unique characteristics, and Naleku’s are undoubtably her plucky personality and unusually tiny trunk. At just 12 months old, she is the youngest member of our Nursery herd and will be in our care for many years to come. This #FosterFriday, become part of her reintegration journey by adopting her! Check out our Stories or click our link in bio to learn more 🐘 _________ Photo © Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #SWT #NalekuSWT #elephant #kenya #whyilovekenya #adopt #conservation #bekindtoelephants #adopt #foster
Happy #WorldRangerDay to the heroes who protect our wildlife. While advances in technology have certainly bolstered conservation efforts, nothing beats boots on the ground. Rangers are a vital presence, working tirelessly in challenging and often dangerous environments, putting life and limb on the line to protect animals and their threatened habitats. Rangers wear many hats: They respond to illegal activity, driven by the multi-billion dollar global wildlife trade. They mitigate incidents of human-wildlife conflict and fight bushfires, which threaten ecosystems and all the lives they sustain. They act as wildlife ambassadors and educators within their own communities, cultivating a wider respect for our natural world. They spend time away from their own families, to protect wild families. Supported by your donations, we operate 13 Anti-Poaching Teams in the Tsavo Conservation Area and Meru National Park, in partnership with the KWS; we also fund two teams patrolling the Mau Forest with MEP, a team working to protect Mount Kenya, and teams patrolling the coastal region in Lamu. We further support the operational capacity of KWS rangers through the provision of patrol vehicles and equipment. All our rangers have been through extensive training in field survival, ecosystem management, arrest and capture, and weaponry use, ensuring they are fully prepared for the challenges they will face in the field. Today, and every day, we appreciate these remarkable people. To rangers everywhere, we say thank you — you are true guardians of the wild. Learn more about our remarkable Anti-Poaching Teams at: sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/projects/anti-poaching _________ Photos © Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Mia Collis #SheldrickTrust #SWT #elephant #kenya #whyilovekenya #conservation #bekindtoelephants #family #ranger #protect #tsavo #heroic
Baby Lili meets Benjamin, one of the men who raised her mother. In January 2006, an emaciated calf was found near Loijuk swamp in Samburu. During the rainy season, this place is abundant with gorgeous lilies, but at the time, it was parched from the drought. Fast forward to today, and Loijuk (named in honor of the area where she was rescued) is not only successfully living wild, but thriving as a mother! When she introduced us to her newborn calf last September, it felt most fitting to call her Lili — a symbol of how beautifully Loijuk’s life has bloomed. We treasure Loijuk and Lili’s periodic visits to our Ithumba Reintegration Unit, and were delighted when they came by earlier this month. To learn more about mum and baby, visit: sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/orphans/loijuk _________ Video © Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #SWT #LoijukSWT #LiliSWT #elephant #kenya #whyilovekenya #adopt #conservation #bekindtoelephants #tsavo #coexist
This elephant got tangled up in trouble, after a length of fencing wire wrapped around his back leg. Without intervention, this could have had debilitating or even deadly consequences, but his predicament was spotted and our SWT/KWS Amboseli Vet Unit quickly came to the rescue. After darting the patient, they used bolt cutters to remove the wire. He was soon back on his feet, walking off unencumbered and with a newfound spring in his step. You make these mobile veterinary interventions a reality. Your support helps fund salaries, drugs, fuel, and equipment — and allows us to save thousands of wild lives. Learn more about how our Mobile Veterinary Units, operated in partnership with the KWS, are putting your support into action: sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/news/field-reports _________ Photos © Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #conservation #kenya #whyilovekenya #elephant #bekindtoelephants #veterinarian #wildlifevet #amboseli
It’s bedtime for Apollo! Our boy is getting bigger, but he is still very much a baby — as we are reminded by his sweet evening routine. After a fun-filled day, the black rhino eagerly saunters home to his stockade, where he mills around for a bit and snacks on fresh greens. When he is ready to call it a night, he hoists his mattress over his back and sleeps in a cozy little cocoon. One Keeper always bunks up with the black rhino, to make sure he has everything he needs throughout the night. And then, it is lights out for everyone, as Apollo’s deep breathing joins the chorus of other nocturnal sounds. To receive the latest updates about Apollo, consider adopting him! It’s a wonderful way to get involved in this young rhino’s future — and helps us provide the specialized care he needs to thrive. Click our link in bio to learn more 🦏 _________ Photos © Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Mia Collis #SheldrickTrust #SWT #ApolloSWT #rhino #blackrhino #kenya #whyilovekenya #bekindtoelephants #rescue #bedtime
Join us as the 12 rescued orphan elephants at our Nairobi Nursery head back to their stables for their much-loved milk and greens, after enjoying a full day out and about in the National Park. Kirsty and Peter will take us on a walk-about around the stables, introducing each of the elephants, as well Maxwell the black rhino. They’ll also be talking about the origins of our Orphans’ Project and how we care for these individuals, so that when grown, they can return to a life in the wild. Your support makes this lifesaving work possible and if you have any questions, we will do our best to answer them during the live or in the comments afterwards. You can learn more about each of the elephants, and adopt them, at https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/nursery-herd
Shukuru means “grateful” in Swahili — and indeed we are so grateful for how far this elephant has come. Shukuru was just days old when she fell into a manhole. Many were bent on slaughtering her for bushmeat, but a heroic herdsman took her home and protected her while we organized a rescue. Her journey hasn’t been an easy one; for years, Shukuru has been plagued by mysterious health issues. In 2018, we moved her to our Umani Springs Reintegration Unit, where she could convalesce in a gentle and loving environment. Her small steps of progress grew by leaps and bounds with the arrival of Enkesha and Luggard. Shukuru, who is now ten years old, eagerly appointed herself their older sister and seems completely revitalized by their presence. This welcome distraction has put her in a good headspace, which has also translated into improved physical condition. Swipe to see for yourself this #SWTTransformationTuesday! Your support allows us to give Shukuru the future she deserves. If you’re able, consider donating today so we can support more orphaned elephants like her: sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/donate _________ Photo / Video © Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #SWT #ShukuruSWT #elephant #kenya #whyilovekenya #adopt #conservation #bekindtoelephants #umanisprings #kibweziforest #transformation
What are the makings of a perfect elephant day? A splashy, sloppy mud bath — followed by a luxurious roll in the dust. Just ask Suswa, Rorogoi, Mashariki and co! Although these girls are older and generally no-nonsense, they can’t resist cavorting around in a tantalizing patch of earth. (Sound up for the full effect) _________ Video © Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #SWT #SuswaSWT #RorogoiSWT #ArrubaSWT #elephant #kenya #whyilovekenya #adopt #conservation #bekindtoelephants #fun #happy