Elephant & Rhino Orphans: Please Adopt Me

Every year in Africa, somewhere between thirty and forty thousand elephants are poached for their tusks. We’re talking about 140 elephants each day. Imagine your town with 140 murdered and mutilated bodies on a daily basis. Imagine a world when your children, and your children’s children, will look upon Africa’s wildlife as a thing of the past. And the only way to experience it will be an old photo, a dusty book, a film or a museum.

South Africa is home to 80% of rhinos in the wild. In 2007, nine rhinos were killed for their horns, for ivory and to concoct bogus medicinal powders. The reported rhino poaching figures for 2014 and 2015 have dramatically swelled to around 1,200 each year.

On the 20th of January 2016, South Africa’s high court overturned a six year ban on the sale of Rhino Horn.

This tragedy has reached epic proportions. The imminent extinction of elephants and rhinos in the wild is just around the corner.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Orphan Project - from the Film "Born To Be Wild"

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Dame Daphne Sheldrick started her life’s work over thirty years ago. A child of Africa, and born in Kenya, she grew up with animals. The first person to perfect the milk formula and necessary husbandry for infant milk-dependent Elephants and Rhinos, Daphne Sheldrick and her tireless team of expert animal carers have rescued hundreds of orphans over the years. Many are now grown up with their own babies.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Orphan Project - from the Film "Born To Be Wild"

The Story of Little Wendi.

This is a short video about Wendi, a tiny orphan rescued in 2002. In 2015 Wendi became a mother – she had her own wild born baby Wiva.

The Wildlife Trust Orphan’s Project is dependent on the kind support and donations made by the public. If you would like to foster an elephant or rhino orphan click here: Adopt An Orphan

Every orphan of ivory poaching once had a family. ‘I will always remember you’ shows how elephant families are being torn apart. As portrayed through Hugo Guinness’s animation of the life saving work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

* Images from Born to Be Wild (2011), the story of Daphne Sheldrick and Birute Galdikas, two courageous women who have dedicated their lives to saving animals.


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