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We already know that Shukuru likes long mud baths and generous helpings of lucer
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We already know that Shukuru likes long mud baths and generous helpings of lucerne, but now we have another thing to add to the list: music! One day, some of the Keepers began to sing as they led the orphans into the forest. This seemed to please Shukuru, who chose to stay enjoy the song by their side as the herd continued to explore. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To learn more about Shukuru and her remarkable story of survival, visit: www.thedswt.org/shukuru ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust#DSWT #shukuru🐘#elephants#kenya#whyilovekenya#bekindtoelephants#adopt#shukurudswt
22.02.2019 18:23:00
It was only five months ago that Dololo was found submerged in a dam, with just
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It was only five months ago that Dololo was found submerged in a dam, with just his trunk raised for breath above the water’s surface. While he’s recovering beautifully, he still has a lot of strength to regain and knows to take things at his own speed. For instance, while the other orphans were wallowing enthusiastically one day, Dololo opted for a more spa-like experience: the little elephant stood at the edge of the mud bath and used his trunk to lightly sprinkle water on his body. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We adopt Dololo and support his future, click our link in bio or visit: www.thedswt.org/dololo ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust#DSWT #Dololo🐘#elephants#kenya#whyilovekenya#bekindtoelephants#adopt#DololoDSWT
22.02.2019 13:19:25
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What puts a spring in your step? How about running for a great cause — to help u
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What puts a spring in your step? How about running for a great cause — to help us save more elephants! The date (Saturday, March 9) for our second annual @enormouselephantrun in Los Angeles is fast approaching, but there's still time to register: enormouselephantrun.com ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you can't join our herd in LA, we have another exciting way to get involved: For as little as $20, you can sponsor the event and see your name featured on a life-sized 🐘 recognition board. The bigger the donation, the bigger your name! To donate, visit: bit.ly/elephantrun ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #sheldrickwildlifetrust#DSWT  title="@enormouselephantrun" href="/enormouselephantrun" class="media-footer__link">@enormouselephantrun#enormouselephantrun#runla#griffithpark#la#runforelephants#losangeles#SheldrickTrust
21.02.2019 17:31:20
As the saying goes, an elephant never forgets — but an elephant really never for
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As the saying goes, an elephant never forgets — but an elephant really never forgets a scent. Elephants have 2,000 genes dedicated to smell. To put that in perspective, that’s five times the number of olfactory genes that humans have, and twice the number that domestic dogs have. Given how genetically blessed elephants are in this department, it’s no surprise that the orphans in our care use their sense of smell to help recognize individual Keepers! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson #SheldrickTrust#DSWT #elephants#kenya#whyilovekenya#bekindtoelephants#family#elephantfacts
21.02.2019 14:33:23
Maarifa likes to take the lead. This is typical of white rhinos; in the wild, a
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Maarifa likes to take the lead. This is typical of white rhinos; in the wild, a calf walks in front of its mum, which makes it easier for the protective parent to ward off predators. Maarifa does the same with her Keeper, but if she runs too far ahead, she always trots back so he can catch up with her… only to promptly dash off again! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To learn more about Maarifa, click our link in bio or visit: thedswt.org/maarifa ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ _________ Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust#DSWT #Maarifa🦏#rhino#whiterhino#kenya#whyilovekenya#baby#savetherhino#MaarifaDSWT#cute
20.02.2019 19:35:46
Spotted from the sky! Unfortunately, sightings like this one are increasingly ra
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Spotted from the sky! Unfortunately, sightings like this one are increasingly rare: cheetah were once found on five continents, but today, as few as 7,100 are left in the wild. We’re working hard to mitigate the threats to cheetahs’ survival, such as habitat loss, and protect their home ranges through our extensive field efforts. To learn more about our anti-poaching, aerial surveillance, and saving habitats initiatives, visit: sheldrickwildlifetrust.org ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust#DSWT #cheetah#kenya#whyilovekenya#bigcat#savethecheetah#conservation#africa
20.02.2019 15:50:01
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Many of you may remember Emily (far right), who we rescued from a latrine in 199
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Many of you may remember Emily (far right), who we rescued from a latrine in 1993 when she was just a month old. She rose the ranks at our Nursery and later at our Voi Reintegration Unit, and is now a living wild in Tsavo. Not only is she a mother of two, but she is also a very adept matriarch of an ever-growing herd. Last month, we were delighted to welcome them at our stockades, where the group spent some quality time with their human family and mentored the still-dependent orphans. While most of us were thrilled to see Emily and company, poor Kenia — the budding matriarch of the dependent orphans at Voi — found their presence very stressful. She was quick to usher “her” orphans off in a different direction whenever Emily and her entourage approached, terrified that they might kidnap the younger elephants! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (To see how far Emily has come over the past 26 years, swipe for an image of her as a newly-rescued infant!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Photos © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Mia Collis (photo 1) #SheldrickTrust#DSWT #Emily🐘#elephants#kenya#whyilovekenya#bekindtoelephants#adopt#transformationtuesday
19.02.2019 21:05:15
As the youngest member of the Nursery herd, Mukkoka has no shortage of older ele
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As the youngest member of the Nursery herd, Mukkoka has no shortage of older elephants to look up to. However, he’s selected Sagala as his favorite “big sister” and follows her around like a shadow. His choice is an interesting one, as Sagala doesn’t usually have much time for the youngsters, but she seems to enjoy Mukkoka’s company! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To learn more about Mukkoka and Sagala, click our link in bio 🐘 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust#DSWT #Mukkoka🐘#Sagala🐘#elephants#kenya#whyilovekenya#bekindtoelephants#adopt
19.02.2019 15:25:24
Lulu may be little, but raising a baby elephant is no small task. That’s why her
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Lulu may be little, but raising a baby elephant is no small task. That’s why her mum, wild-living orphan Lualeni, is lucky to have several girlfriends who are only too happy to play the role of nanny. Four-month-old Lulu is a very inquisitive calf, and she is slowly but surely learning what’s what and who to play with. Equally important, she is also figuring out how to sneak away from her main nanny, Naserian, who takes Lulu’s welfare very seriously and can be a rather strict bodyguard! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust#DSWT #Lulu🐘#elephants#kenya#whyilovekenya#bekindtoelephants#family#elephantfacts#LualeniDSWT#LuluDSWT
19.02.2019 01:31:42
Ziwani sends her snuffliest regards from our Kaluku Field HQ! We are raising thi
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Ziwani sends her snuffliest regards from our Kaluku Field HQ! We are raising this little girl — and fellow orphaned antelope Sala, Sabasa, and Miraa — until they are ready to return to the wild. Your support makes this possible, and to everyone who donates, fosters, spreads the word, and holds fundraisers, we’d like to thank you for helping us give Ziwani and her counterparts a second chance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust#DSWT #SalaDSWT#kudu#kenya#whyilovekenya#antelope#ZiwaniDSWT#MiraaDSWT#SabasaDSWT
18.02.2019 16:38:19
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Innocent animals of all shapes and sizes fall victim to snares — as this little
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Innocent animals of all shapes and sizes fall victim to snares — as this little elephant tragically reminded us last week. The two-year-old had wire wrapped tightly around the upper part of his trunk, nearly severing it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ His herd was looking after him, but without medical intervention, his chances were looking slim. That’s where our SWT/KWS Mara Vet Unit came in. After darting the calf and keeping his protective family a safe distance away, the vet got to work removing the snare and cleaning the wound. After administering anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection and provide some pain relief, the patient was revived and re-joined his waiting herd. His mum is by his side to watch over him, but we of course stand ready to help again should he need any follow-up treatment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Interventions like this are only possible thanks to your support. If you can, please consider making a donation in support of the SWT/KWS De-Snaring Units so that we can confiscate and destroy deadly snare traps like this before they find a target: sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/donate ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ _________ Photos © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #sheldrickwildlifetrust@kenyawildlifeservice#DSWT #elephants#kenya#whyilovekenya#bekindtoelephants#vet#wildlifevet#africa#conservation#protect#wild
17.02.2019 20:48:14
Little Luggard is so loved by the rest of the Nursery herd. One morning, Kiasa a
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Little Luggard is so loved by the rest of the Nursery herd. One morning, Kiasa and Maisha created a stir by running and trumpeting out of the bushes, sending the others running towards the Keepers with their ears held high. Luggard was trying to keep up, but because of his bad leg, he lagged behind a bit. When the older girls realized he was struggling to catch up, they made a U-turn and guided the group back to collect him, so they could all go over to the safety of the Keepers together. While there was no real danger (just Kiasa and Maisha causing some drama!), it was so wonderful to see how everyone looks out for Luggard. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To learn more about Luggard, or to adopt him, visit: www.thedswt.org/luggard ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #SheldrickTrust#DSWT #Luggard🐘#elephants#kenya#whyilovekenya#bekindtoelephants#adopt
17.02.2019 15:34:32
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