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FIVE (5) Elephants Murdered, 1 Baby Orphaned ( Monday, July 27, 2015 - Kenya)

At approximately 7.00 pm on 27th July, gunshots rang out in the darkness across Tsavo West. The incident was reported to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), who responded promptly at first light the following morning. The DSWT was contacted to support the extensive operation in southern Tsavo West National Park by flying in a KWS tracker dog from Ngulia rhino sanctuary and providing further ground support from our Chyulu Anti-Poaching Team.

The lifeless corpses of five slain elephants, with their ivory missing, lay strewn within fifty metres of each other. Security teams from KWS, DSWT and Big Life were deployed both in the air and on the ground with the tracker dogs available to support the ground efforts. By the evening of 28th the first of the poachers was arrested, and to date 3 have been apprehended for the crime, with operations ongoing.

On the morning of 29th July another tiny victim from this ghastly incident was found alive - a young elephant calf of approximately six to seven months old. He was rescued by KWS and Big Life teams, then driven to Ziwani airfield while the DSWT mobilised Keepers and a rescue plane from Nairobi to collect the calf to fly him back to our Nairobi Nursery. Surprisingly, despite his ordeal of having witnessed his whole family gunned down at the hands of humans, he has been friendly from the outset, needy of company and attention and clearly grateful to have been saved. After his terrifying 38 hours he has responded immediately to the company of the other orphans in our care, not wanting to leave their sides since arrival. We have called him Losoito, after the name of the hill close to where he was found.

We will do all in our power to help Losoito overcome his harrowing ordeal, for it is impossible to imagine the emotional trauma he has endured in witnessing the murder of 5 members of his family. All killed to satisfy a demand for ivory from people that wish to display and wear something that only has real value to an elephant. We talk of an elephant being killed every 15 minutes for its ivory, a shocking statistic, yet in this tragic incident, 5 elephants were killed in a minute!

Five elephants slaughtered, three poachers arrested, and one baby elephant saved: 

Gunshots rang out across Tsavo West on the night of 27 July. Security teams from the KWS, #DSWT, and Big Life converged upon the area as soon as possible. They found the corpses of five slain elephants strewn across the plain, their ivory removed. Three poachers were quickly apprehended for the crime, and investigations are ongoing.
Just two days later, we found a tiny survivor of this ghastly incident - a young elephant calf, who we believe is six or seven months old. In a joint rescue effort, he was flown to the DSWT Nairobi Nursery. Despite witnessing his whole family gunned down at the hands of humans, this little guy has been surprisingly friendly from the outset! After 38 hours wandering alone after his family’s death, he has latched right on to the other orphans and doesn’t want to leave their sides. We have named him #Losoito, after the hill near where he was found.

We are committed to make something good come out of this tragedy, and will do everything in our power to help Losoito flourish. We talk about one elephant killed every 15 minutes for its ivory (which is a horrifying statistic), but in this case, 5 elephants were killed in a minute. This MUST change.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is dedicated to protecting what remains of Africa’s elephants & rhinos. If you’re on Instagram or Twitter look for their important (and often adorable) updates. For more information on what they do and how you can help visit: https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

LParrilla: This was one of my favorite moments whilst in Africa. I fell so in love with this beautiful girl. Her story touched me deeply and since then I’ve adopted her. My visit to @dswt was a true highlight and one I would recommend to all who dream to visit Africa! If you too want to adopt an elephant please visit… http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/fostering.asp

I really really hope that cute baby elephants are around forever and forever. Please share this image if you can; don’t buy products made out of ivory (even antiques); if you see anyone purchasing ivory, explain to them that ivory comes from dead elephants and torn families; sign the petition on iworry.org; tell everyone about the wonderful work the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is doing; and sponsor a baby elephant if you can :)

Treat yourself or the animal lover in your life:
FOSTER AN ORPHANED ELEPHANT FOR ONE YEAR


The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust offers elephant “adoptions” for only $50 for the year. Foster one of these orphaned cuties, and you will receive:

  • An official certificate with the profile and photo of your chosen ellie.
  • An interactive map showing where your orphaned baby was found, and information on the endangered elephants and rhinos in that area.
  • A monthly summary of events for the previous month, and a “Keeper’s Diary” for your elephant, complete with photos.
  • A collectible monthly watercolor painting by Angela Sheldrick.
  • Occasional news of new arrivals and rescues, complete with photos.
  • DSWT will keep in personal contact with you as a member of the team.

    For more info, and to make an adoption, click here!

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We are so thrilled to receive a special gift from classes 2D & 2N at Nairobi Academy Preparatory School! Forty students, along with teachers Clara Desouza and Ruth Ndertu, created spectacular blankets for the youngest babies at the #DSWT. We’re so grateful for their generous gift. Not only are they beautiful, they’ll also provide vital warmth for the orphans!

Hearbreaking! 

The Face of Elephant Poaching

As reported by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust:

On 23rd June the DSWT received a tragic victim of elephant poaching, rescued from the Rumuruti Forest in West Laikipia.

His leg has a terrible injury caused by a rope snare, and then, as if that was not enough suffering for one so young, he has a deep spear wound in his skull. Estimated to be 15 months old, he is incredibly thin having been without his mother for significant time before being rescued.

We have named him Simotua and we hope that with tender loving care and ongoing veterinary attention we can save this unfortunate but extremely brave calf who has gone through unimaginable physical and emotional suffering.

We ask you to share Simotua’s story, so that his situation might help open people’s eyes to the suffering caused by poaching. People’s desire for ivory trinkets not only claims the lives of elephants, it often leaves infants orphaned and all too often bearing terrible injuries.

If you can, please consider making a donation to support his care in this difficult time: https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/html/help.html

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So cool…
Hundreds of wild #elephants converge to migrate towards the rains.
While out on patrol last month, #DSWT pilots were able to capture this beautiful moment on film!

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Five elephants slaughtered, three poachers arrested, and one baby elephant saved:
Gunshots rang out across Tsavo West on the night of 27 July. Security teams from the KWS, #DSWT, and Big Life converged upon the area as soon as possible. They found the corpses of five slain elephants strewn across the plain, their ivory removed. Three poachers were quickly apprehended for the crime, and investigations are ongoing.
Just two days later, we found a tiny survivor of this ghastly incident - a young elephant calf, who we believe is six or seven months old. In a joint rescue effort, he was flown to the DSWT Nairobi Nursery. Despite witnessing his whole family gunned down at the hands of humans, this little guy has been surprisingly friendly from the outset! After spending 38 hours wandering alone after his family’s death, he has latched right on to the other orphans and doesn’t want to leave their sides. We have named him #Losoito, after the hill near where he was found.

We are committed to make something good come out of this tragedy, and will do everything in our power to help Losoito flourish. We talk about one elephant killed every 15 minutes for its ivory (which is a horrifying statistic), but in this case, 5 elephants were killed in a minute. This MUST change.

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Look at these sweeties! 
It was a big day of exploring Nairobi National Park for the #DSWT babies. This creek may be tiny by elephant standards, but #Ashaka, #Kamok, and #Kauro needed plenty of moral support from each other before attempting to cross it!