David Sheldrick Wildlife TrustNairobi
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a protection area for orphaned elephants and rhinos. This has boosted the population of these two species.
A Wildlife Sanctuary in the City
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is more than just an animal sanctuary. It is a home for orphaned and vulnerable elephants and rhinos to protect them from poachers or death for lack of sufficient food and care. This wildlife protection area has reared 10 rhinos so far.
Orphaned elephants here are weaned using a formula that gives nutritional value close to quality of their mother’s milk. Daphne came up with a formula that combines baby formula with coconut, after several unsuccessful trials to find the right nutritional content for young elephants. At three years, independent elephants are transferred to Tsavo.
Daphne Sheldrick founded this sanctuary in 1977, in honour of her husband, David Sheldrick, whose wildlife conservation efforts date back to his work as a founding warden at Tsavo. David was also a farmer, and his conservation work made Tsavo East an enviable park. He worked with his wife in learning about elephants and rescuing this species as well as the rhino and antelope. When he died, aged 57 years, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust became the memory of David’s life and love for wildlife. Daphne is acclaimed as the first person to rear a young elephant.
How to Get to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
This conservation area is within Nairobi National Park. You can use public or private transport to this attraction. Public transport vans are available at the Bus Station next to Afya Centre. Use vehicles plying the Nairobi– Lang’ata- Rongai route, and alight at the Kenya Wildlife Service Headquarters gate. The Nairobi National Park, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Nairobi Safari Walk are within this area.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Volunteer Programs
These sponsorship programs let you adopt an elephant. The fostering program makes you a foster parent for one of the orphaned animals. You get a fostering certificate with a description and picture of the animal, an explanation of the location this sanctuary rescued your adopted animal from, as well as a monthly update about your elephant.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Visiting Hours
You can visit anytime between 11 and 12am. Watch these young elephants playing with their keepers. It is such an interesting bond that you may not even remember an elephant is a wild animal and the keeper is human.