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Project Name: Orphans' Project

Orphans' Project

At the heart of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program.   To date, the DSWT has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished a long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating the orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo, claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in our care.

1 Canteen Feast
The Keepers and stockade staff at Nairobi, Voi and Ithumba all need hearty meals to continue their on-going care of all of the orphans. This gift is a wonderful way to reward them and to let them know..
1 Elephant Rescuers' Goody Bag
When we fly in to collect a rescued elephant orphan there are always a number of people at the scene who have done brave, often very hot and hard work, playing a vital part in the safe rescue of the..
1 Green Clay Treatment (5kg)
Green clay is a natural remedy used to treat numerous wounds and injuries.  This special clay has strong healing properties and is a vital treatment used by the DSWT keepers in the Orphans'..

1 Keeper's Dust-Coat
The Elephant Keepers have a messy job and always need new dust-coats to keep themselves clean.
1 Keeper's Hat
The Elephant Keepers are working in harsh conditions in Nairobi and particularly in Tsavo, and a sun hat provides vital protection against the harsh equatorial sun.
20 Milk Bottle Teats
Along with the milk bottles, teats are a small yet invaluable item always in demand.

10 Plastic Milk Bottles
The Nairobi, Ithumba and Voi Stockades all need a constant supply of milk bottles to feed all of the orphans.
1 Tin Powdered Milk
Essential to every orphaned elephant’s survival is milk.  Human breast milk formula, which comes as a powder, currently provides the best option for the baby elephants and is used as the..
1 Wheelbarrow
Wheelbarrows are always in demand for many tasks, not least transporting the many bottles of milk from the mixing bay to the orphans at every feed. They have to be custom made for extra traction with..