OUR CURRENT PROJECT
In 2020, we are proudly supporting the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) and their pioneering Orphans' Project. Together with your support, we are helping SWT ensure the survival of wild elephants and their habitats in Kenya. The Trust was founded in 1977 by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE, in memory of her late husband David Sheldrick, both having dedicated their lives to wildlife conservation in Kenya.
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THE ORPHANS' PROJECT
The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.
To date, the SWT’s Orphans' Project has successfully raised 260 orphaned elephants who have lost their mothers due to poaching, human-wildlife conflict, habitat loss and drought. The project focuses on rescuing and raising milk-dependent baby elephants, hand-rearing them at their orphanage before gradually introducing them to a wilder environment from which they can safely reintegrate back into the wild at their own pace. Through their careful rehabilitation program, each elephant is lovingly looked after by a team of dedicated keepers who act as surrogate family members.
The bonds formed between the elephants and their keepers last a lifetime, with the orphans seeing their human carers as guardians and parental figures. When Oliver (LOVE BRAND & Co. founder) last visited the orphanage, he heard of wonderful stories of previous orphans who, long after being reintegrated back into the wild, would come back to introduce their babies, along with other wild elephants, to their former human family.
While the Orphans' Project remains at the heart of the organisation, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has expanded over the past four decades, developing a wide range of initiatives and taking a multi-faceted approach to conservation, in order to secure a future for the orphans and ensuring a greater and long-lasting impact for all of Kenya’s wildlife.
Please visit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to discover more about their wide-ranging projects. www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org
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