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David Shendricks Wildlife Trust

Why David Sheldrick life Trust

The David Shendricks Wildlife Trust (DSWT) Elephant Nursery is located in Nairobi National Park. It was established in 1977 just a short period after the sudden death of David Sheldrick who was the anti-poaching warden of Tsavo National Park. DSWT aims at providing a safe haven to orphaned baby elephants that are saved by the DSWT team.

The David Shendricks Wildlife Trust  Nursery involves itself in various activities that one must take to ensure the survival of baby elephants. These activities entail the hand-rearing and development of milk dependent baby elephants. After the baby elephants graduate from the Nursery and are aged between 2-3 years, the elephants are relocated from the DSWT’s Reintegration Centres in Tsavo East National Park to the wild, where they can join the herd of elephants.

How To Get  To the David Shendricks Trust

By Road: To get to DSWT using the road mode of transport, board a matatu number 125 heading to Rongai. Alight at the KWS Workshop gate which is off Magadi Road. You can walk from here to the orphanage since it is not far.

By Air: The closest airport to Nairobi National Park is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport which is 15km and approximately 9 minutes southeast of Nairobi.

What to Expect

Cute Baby Elephants: If you are a lover of elephants, especially the cubs. Then David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is the place for you. The orphanage takes care of baby elephants that were left alone, are orphans, are hurt, or left stuck somewhere in the park.

Anti-poaching programs: DSWT works in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Serve (KWS) to eradicate ivory poaching, bush meat and rhino horn poaching. Which are substantial factors that lead to the rapid decline of the number of wildlife in the parks.

An interactive foster program: DSWT has a digital foster program to allow individuals to support the orphaned baby elephants. All the rhinos, giraffes, and elephants that are rescued by the team of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust are available to foster. It also includes the orphans which are released to live back in the wild. All the contributions are directed towards benefiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s conservation projects.

When to Visit the Orphanage

DSWT orphanage is open to the public for one hour only every day exclusive of the 25th of December, from 11 am to noon. During this time frame, the baby elephants, giraffes, and rhinos gather to feed and also to enjoy their mud baths.


There are various hotels that one can relax in after a long day taking care of the baby elephants in the orphanage. They include the Upperhill Blueberry Hotel, which is 52 miles away from the sanctuary. Silver Springs Hotel which is 55 miles away from the orphanage. Hadassah Hotel which is 55 miles away. Jewel Stone Hotel which is 60 miles away from the Wildlife Trust.

Why David Sheldrick Trust is famous

  • It is the most successful orphan-elephant rescue in East Africa
  • Since visitors get to see the baby elephants at close range
  • Its anti-poaching programs
  • It is the project of the famous anti-poaching warden David Sheldrick

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