Life, Love + Elephants: Spotlight On The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

"The world of life, of spontaneity, the world of dawn and sunset and starlight, the world of soil and sunshine, of meadow and woodland, of hickory and oak and maple and hemlock and pineland forests, of wildlife dwelling around us, of the river and its well-being--all of this [is] the integral community in which we live." 

Today is World Elephant Day, and nothing makes me prouder than my partnership with The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. DSWT is one of the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation programs in the world. They are also champion conservationists in the protection of wildlife and habitats of East Africa. To date, DSWT has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has helped effectively reintegrate these beautiful creatures back into the wild herds of Tsavo. Sadly, Kenya's threatened elephant and rhino populations suffer on a daily basis against the threat of poaching, human population pressures, deforestation and drought--which is why DSWT is so passionate about educating us, the global community, about these subjects dear to their hearts.

I was introduced to DSWT and their beloved foster program through actress Kristin Davis (one of their greatest advocates here in the USA!) and since then, I have become a very proud foster mama to ten. Five girls: Ndara, Mbegu, Kamok, Godoma and my angel Ashaka (who passed away suddenly earlier this year) and five boys: Ndotto, Enkike, Simotua, Olsekki and Rapa (the delightful little fellow in the first photograph.)

Today I invite you to foster through DSWT. Once you pick your elephant, you will get progress reports on a monthly basis as well as a lovely watercolor painting delivered to your inbox. You will also receive an official fostering certificate. 

Love knows no boundaries. Be a part of the healing.

...and for those of you who would like to know more about the history of DSWT, I highly recommend the book Life, Love and Elephants: An African Love Story by Dame Daphne Sheldrick.


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