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Each orphan puts their own special spin on wallowing. Musiara and Maktao take a rather competitive approach: They both like to clamber atop whoever they find lying in the mud, which usually brings the other running, and then a fierce pushing match to be crowned the climbing king ensues. Kiasa and little Larro prefer to showcase their acrobatics: They bury they heads in the soil, with the bottoms and hind legs pointed straight up in the air, in a sort of elephantine headstand. Nabulu and Maisha, meanwhile, are just happy to splash around with great enthusiasm — covering themselves, their friends, and everyone else in the vicinity with lots of mud! _________ Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #elephants #kenya #whyilovekenya #bekindtoelephants #rescue #adoptWhen these kings of the savannah found themselves fighting for one of their nine lives earlier this week, we lent them a helping hand. One of the pair was sporting an injured paw, while the other had a wire snare slicing into his neck. Both injuries were clearly painful and had the potential to turn septic, which could have led to a slow and agonizing death. Thankfully, our SWT/KWS Tsavo Vet Unit was able to provide efficient treatment, and KWS vet Dr. Poghon is confident they will both make a full recovery. (Photos 2-3 is the before-and-after of the snare victim, while photo 4 shows the other patient’s injured paw.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lions find their lives increasingly at risk, particularly in a time when human-wildlife conflict is on the rise. Snare poaching is one the many insidious threats to their survival, which is why our SWT/KWS De-Snaring Teams conduct daily patrols to rid the landscape of these terrible traps. With your help, our teams are having a real impact: Already this year, they have recovered and confiscated 2,500 snares, saving thousands of wild lives in the process. To learn more about their work, visit: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Photos © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #KWS #DSWT #kenya#conservation #africa #savewildlife #protectwildlife #lion #savethelions #tsavo #mobilevet #wildlifevet #hopeNothing beats a perfectly orchestrated empty bottle handoff. (Clearly, this is something our Keepers have a bit of practice with!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #Luggard #elephants #kenya #whyilovekenya #bekindtoelephants #rescue #adoptIt’s always highly entertaining to watch the daily dramas of Nursery life unfold. Sometimes, the smallest things can create the biggest commotion. This was certainly the case one morning, when a warthog emerged from a bush and came barreling through the orphan herd. This sent Maktao, Kiombo, Nabulu and Sattao into a tailspin and they ran away, hollering for help. Tamiyoi, Kiasa, Enkesha, and Musiara took the initiative to round them up and soothe their nerves, while the Keepers reassured the group by calling out their names one by one. Still, it took quite some time to get everyone settled! _________ Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #elephants #kenya #whyilovekenya #bekindtoelephants #rescue #adoptLast month, tourists spotted a female elephant with a cable snare slicing into her head and neck. Bolstering Galana Conservancy rangers’ efforts on the ground, our Air Wing searched high and low for her for weeks — logging 15 hours of dedicated aerial reconnaissance — but given the vast area, finding her proved very difficult. The team didn’t give up, and today we finally had a breakthrough when she was sighted near Kulalu Camp. Lest she give us the slip again, we mounted an expedited vet response. Our helicopter pilot headed straight to Voi to pick up Dr. Poghon, the KWS vet who heads up our Mobile Vet Unit, and flew him to the scene. He was able to offer this brave elephant immediate relief by cutting away the snare that was viciously encircling her head. After treating her wounds, he covered them in healing green clay and administered strong antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. We can’t imagine how much pain she must have suffered over the course of the past three weeks, but now she is freed and has a positive prognosis for recovery! We know that these photos are hard to stomach, but we are sharing them because they show just how much this elephant (and so many like her) suffered at the hands of humans. There are, however, many people dedicated to saving the species — and our SWT/KWS Mobile Vet Units are among them. In the first half of this year alone, they attended to 98 elephants, 57 of whom were poaching victims. You can support their work by donating towards our Wish List of items that are critical to their success in the field, such as bolt cutters (used to cut away snares) and green clay (which aids healing): _________ Photos © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #KWS #DSWT #kenya #conservation #africa #savewildlife #antipoaching #protectwildlife #galanaconservancy #elephant #savetheelephantsAya in action! She’s new to our Canine Unit, so she’s been doing lots of training exercises to prepare her for anti-poaching patrols — and, no surprise, she’s proving to be a quick study. Once has a few extra skills down pat, Aya will be ready to go out in the field with the rest of the team. To learn more about our Canine Unit, visit: _________ Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Mia Collis #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #dog #canineunit #antipoaching #kenya #whyilovekenya #bekindtoelephants #protect #tsavoNotice anything amiss with this first photo? If you look closely, you’ll see a spear lodged in the giraffe’s flank. This was the sight our SWT/KWS Amboseli Veterinary Unit was met with, after they received reports of the lanky patient’s plight. However, treating the world’s tallest land mammal is no small task, particularly given their height and powerful kicking capabilities. Fortunately, the KWS vets who head up our SWT-funded Mobile Vet Units are experts in treating wild patients of all shapes and sizes. She was already separated from her herd, so the team used a tranquilizer to make her drowsy. This allowed them to move in and carefully guide her to the ground using ropes, so as to avoid a fall that might damage her neck. Once she was immobilized, Dr. Kariuki was able to safely remove the spear and clean, disinfect, and treat the wound. The spear wasn’t barbed — a small mercy in this situation — which made for a fairly straightforward and successful operation. She was back on her feet in no time and ready to begin her recovery. Giraffe populations plummeted 40% between 1985 and 2015, and estimates show that there are just 111,000 roaming the plains of Africa today. Any successful treatment is a positive for the species, and we’re happy to have been able to save this particular patient. Check out our new update to read more about the ill and infirm wildlife treated by our SWT/KWS Vet Units in the past quarter: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Photos © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #KWS #DSWT #kenya #conservation #africa #savewildlife #antipoaching #protectwildlife #amboseli #giraffe #savethegiraffesDid you know that elephants lift their trunks in the air to greet each other and give newcomers their sniff of approval? It looks like this duo gives us two trunks up! _________ Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #🐘 #elephants #kenya #whyilovekenya #bekindtoelephants #rescue #elephantfacts #animalfacts #trunksFive years ago, a group of herdsmen found an impossibly tiny elephant mixed in among their livestock. This #SWTTransformationTuesday, discover how Ndotto is doing today — and watch through to the end of the video to see for yourself! RESCUE: The calf was clearly just hours old, still wobbly on his legs. While we can’t be sure how he became separated from his mum, it seems likely that human presence frightened his herd away and, in the confusion, he was left behind. The tribesmen who discovered him were sympathetic to his plight and cared for him while one individual undertook the long trek down the mountain to summon help. We decided name the calf Ndotto, after the mountain range from whence he came, which means “to dream” in Swahili. RECOVERY: We quickly realized that Ndotto must’ve been born several months premature, which made his recovery all the more challenging. However, he quickly became the darling of the Nursery herd and earned the nickname “tortoise,” because of his diminutive stature and rotund belly. Perhaps because of his small size, he developed a passion for climbing — be a tree stump, a water trough, a fellow orphan, or a Keeper trying to eat his lunch! TODAY: Last June, Ndotto graduated to our Voi Reintegration Unit alongside his best friend Lasayen and mini matriarch Mbegu. He immediately made himself right at home in Tsavo, diving right into the middle of the mudbath action and loving every minute. A year on, he remains just as enthusiastic — and he’s still up to his old tricks! Only recently, the Keepers witnessed him take on Murit in a strength testing game, and it was to no one’s surprise when Ndotto clambered up on a flat rock to gain the height advantage. When he does transition to the wild, we know that this special little “dream” will thrive. Your support makes success stories like Ndotto’s possible! To donate, please click our link in bio 🐘 _________ Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #Ndotto #🐘 #whyilovekenya #bekindtoelephants #elephants #transformationtuesday #secondchances #survivorMaktao is very happy to go to work on a tasty bunch of branches, but the Keepers still remain his top priority. One day, he seemed to miss one of the Keepers in particular and embarked on a quest to find him. The tenacious little bull found the Keeper busy prepping the stockades for the evening, and then had the honor of being escorted back to the other elephants by him. We always rotate the Keepers, so the orphans don’t get too attached to one individual, but luckily Maktao is equally enamored by all of them and just likes to keep tabs on everyone! To learn more about Maktao, click our link in bio 🐘 _________ Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #Maktao #🐘 #elephants #kenya #whyilovekenya #bekindtoelephants #rescue #adoptIn our world, every day is elephant day! Thank you to everyone who supports our work to ensure that this remarkable species has a future. We couldn’t do it without you 🐘 To learn more about our conservation initiatives, or to donate in honor of #WorldElephantDay, visit: _________ Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Mia Collis #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #🐘 #elephants #kenya #whyilovekenya #bekindtoelephants #protect #wildlife #africa #love #SWT #family #herd“Only the dreamers can move mountains. The great dream of Daphne Sheldrick was to give back to a land that she held so dear to her heart,” says Ithumba Head Keeper Benjamin. For over 40 years, we’ve been realizing that dream in partnership with the KWS, ensuring that Kenya’s orphaned elephants have a future — and a protected wilderness that they can eventually call home. As Benjamin notes, “When one of our orphans leaves our home, to join a new group and start a new life, I realize that a mountain has really been moved.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This #WorldElephantDay, we’re celebrating the dreamers all over the world who support our work and help us provide a second chance to orphaned elephants (247 calves saved and counting!) and their wild counterparts. To learn more about our work or to donate in honor of this special day, visit: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Directed by Francisco Grimaldi / Rec Films #SheldrickTrust #DSWT #🐘 #elephants #kenya #whyilovekenya #bekindtoelephants #tsavo #worldelephantday #guardianangel #dream