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Rescue, rehabilitation and return to the wild of orphaned baby elephants
Rescue, rehabilitation and return to the wild of orphaned baby elephants

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It's Sunday, time for a walk in the countryside with friends and family!

Murera at the back, with little Ajabu walking close to the keepers. Find out more about all the orphans in our care and ways to support them at: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/orphans.asp
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Anti-Poaching and wildlife protection initiatives ever expanding.

In April The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Regional Field Supervisor James Mbuthia was invited to Washington DC for an international assembly, courtesy of the American Government.

Participants from African Nations attended to discuss their experiences concerning the threat of #poaching and #trafficking and the methods that can be put into place in Africa.

Read more: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/updates/updates.asp?ID=540
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Kibwezi Forest — a Butterfly Oasis

This latest article from the 'DSWT Wilderness Journal' offers a glimpse into the wonderful world of butteries to be found in the Forest. An unique area now under the protection of the DSWT through a partnership with the Kenya Forest Service http://www.dswtwildernessjournal.com/kibwezi-forest-a-butterfly-oasis/
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DSWT Patron Kristin Davis talking passionately with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show yesterday about the DSWT and elephants. In this segment Kristin talks about her part in the rescue of orphaned elephant Chaimu, with some lovely video of the rescue itself.

Tremendous exposure for the charity and our efforts, ensuring more people are aware of what is happening to elephants and the need for us all to help them - thank you Kristin and Jay Leno. http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/kristin-davis-saves-baby-elephant/n38280/

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On 7th June a tiny white rhino was rescued. The newborn calf appeared premature and weakened from the outset. Despite our best efforts, Mahindini slipped away on the morning of 8th June. This short film shows our teams stoic efforts to help her. http://youtu.be/wDxkcq8lPrw

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New Arrival – ARRUBA

Arruba was spotted alone and desperate for help in an area known to be a favourite place for Tsavo’s lions.

A healthy and strong one year old calf, it required all hands on deck by the Voi Keepers to rescue her and since her arrival at the Nursery, she has been recovering well, making new elephant and human friends!

Help us to provide the first class care she needs to return to a life in the wild by fostering Arruba at: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/orphan_profile.asp?N=290
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Our Patron Kristin Davis recently visited the infant elephants at the Nairobi Nursery and the older orphans at Voi and Ithumba, to catch up with her beloved Chaimu.

We are blessed to have Kristin's continued, dedicated support.

See the photos of Kristin's recent trip and read the update here: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/updates/updates.asp?ID=533
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Even going by the lowest estimates, wildlife crime is the 5th largest illicit transnational activity in the world, after counterfeiting, and the trafficking of drugs, people and oil.

This article provides an insight into the economics of the trade and its impact on wildlife.

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It's been a deadly year so far for Kenya's wildlife as official figures reveal 21 rhinos and 117 elephants have been killed by poachers since the start of the new year. 

With four rhinos killed for their horns in the last week alone, it only serves to show the growing need for immediate action and intervention at a government level to protect threatened rhinos and elephants.

http://baraza.wildlifedirect.org/2013/05/27/4-rhinos-shot-in-kenya/

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t's Foster Friday!

Narok was rescued from the Masai Mara area last year desperately trying to follow a bull passing nearby. It is thought her mother was poached for her ivory within the area.

Now 2 years old Narok is thriving well at the Nursery thanks to the love and care of the Keepers and other Orphans. She is also beginning to display mini matriarch tendencies!

Find out more about Narok, how you can foster and watch her rescue: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/orphan_profile.asp?N=282
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