Compassionate Group Helps Rescue and Foster Over 150 Orphan Elephants

Animals cannot speak for themselves, so they need our help to protect their environment and livelihood. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is doing their part as the world’s most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program. Founded in 1977, the organization has raised over 150 of the orphaned creatures in Kenya, healing them and returning them to the wild.

A team of dedicated keepers—donning bright green jackets—care for the elephants, standing in as their surrogate parents. Their compassion makes a huge impact on the abandoned animals, giving them the courage and strength to carry on. “Even years down the road, once they've graduated from our care and are living in the wild,” they explain on Instagram, “the orphans still remember and recognize the DSWT keepers who changed their lives.” They perform some unexpected tasks, such as skin care regimens and tucking them in at night. Each duty has its own special way of contributing to the rehabilitation of these fragile creatures.

“There is little more rewarding than being able to watch as these broken babies heal and join wild herds to live a wild life again,” explained Angela Sheldrick, CEO of DSWT and the daughter of its namesake. But the advocacy for these creatures is far from over—an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 are killed for their tusks each year. “We urge people to use their social channels to share stories about elephants in an effort to remind people that our natural world is the most beautiful world,” she said, “and that if we lose it, we will lose a part of ourselves.”

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: Website | Instagram
via [Instagram Blog]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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