Did you know elephants are milk-dependent infants until they are three years old? If a baby elephant's mother dies due to poaching, or by falling in an abandoned water well, it will not survive. After learning this in Dame Daphne Sheldrick's autobiography: An African Love Story – Love, Life, and Elephants, one of our employees chose to donate her integrateIT-sponsored $1,000 to the U.S. Friends of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand-rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.
At the heart of the DSWT's conservation activities is the Orphans' Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. The Orphans' Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya's threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.
To date the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo; claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in our care.
To learn more about the Orphan's Project, go to: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/orphans.asp