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dswt: Embu is only five years old, but already

Embu is only five years old, but already she’s embarked on some big adventures in her life! This TransformationTuesday , discover a few of them. • Photo 1: In July 2014, a young elephant had been sporadically spotted wandering alone on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Although she was clearly too young to be without her mother and was suffering the effects of that, we knew that a rescue would be challenging given the mountainous environment. Luckily, the stars aligned on our first attempt and we were able to bring the starving 18-month-old to the Nursery. • Photo 2: Although Embu was always a source of comfort for the younger babies at the Nursery — particularly little Dupotto — she had a very real fear of her own: Thunderstorms. Whenever one rolled through Nairobi, she would kick up a big fuss and start shouting! • Photo 3: In 2015, Embu graduated to our Voi Reintegration Unit alongside her friends Elkerama and Suswa. She settled right in, enjoying the attention from the older orphans and exploring the new terrain in Tsavo. • Photo 4: Embu created quite a stir in June of 2016. Although she had been making great strides towards a life in the wild, she was still milk-dependent and relied on the guidance and protection of her Keepers. One day, however, she seemed to forget this fact — she became rather besotted by a wild herd and, very boldly (and much to our dismay!), wandered off with them instead of returning with the dependent orphans. We immediately mounted a search on the ground and in the air, but it took several days to retrieve the wayward elephant. • Photo 5: After that unexpected adventure, Embu has been sticking closer to home. When she’s ready, she will fully transition to a life in the wild, but until that day comes we will provide her with all the support, love, and guidance that she needs to flourish. • Your support helps us give orphaned elephants like Embu a future. To foster her or another elephant in our care, click the link in our bio or visit: www.thedswt.org/foster • • • Photos © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust DSWT

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dswt: After the drought that ravaged Tsavo at the

After the drought that ravaged Tsavo at the end of the year, we’re happy to report that it has a much greener outlook at the beginning of 2018. While on patrol last month, our pilots saw signs of promise everywhere, from a healthy pack of 40 wild dogs to numerous leopards and lions to many large elephant herds enjoying the full dams. • Out Aerial Surveillance Unit takes to the skies to spot illegal activity, identify wildlife in need, and assist our ground teams with veterinary operations. To learn more about our “eyes in the skies,” visit: thedswt.org/aerial-surveillance • • • Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson aerialsurveillance

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dswt: Much like the elephants in our care, the

Much like the elephants in our care, the orphaned antelopes at our Kaluku Field HQ also have a deep affinity for their milk bottles! Baraka, a waterbuck, can’t help but wag her tail while she drinks, while Sabasa, a kudu, takes a more stoic approach. We will give both of them support, shelter, and sustenance (and yes, lots and lots of milk bottles) until they are ready to rejoin wild populations in a protected area. • www.thedswt.org • • • Video © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust DSWT DSWT field

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dswt: Baby Nusu is the apple of everyone’s

Baby Nusu is the apple of everyone’s eye — a role he relishes. Although his mum, former DSWT orphan Nasalot, is now living wild, she still visits frequently with her little calf in tow. We’re also beginning to suspect that she appreciates the extra eyes watching over her exuberant baby so she can catch a moment’s rest! • • • Photos © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson DSWT DSWT reintegrationunit

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dswt: 1 original map. 40 limited edition prints. 1,

1 original map. 40 limited edition prints. 1,000 posters. The Elephant Map alone won't save elephants, but it will help us protect them. This artistic map offers a unique insight into an elephant's world, our interconnectedness and new ways of creating hope, and it’s filled with so many fascinating details, from the role of dung beetles to the ways elephants communicate. Every purchase from will be help provide for the orphans in our care and to protect their wild kin. Posters are just $48 and the limited edition prints are $740 — and 100% of the net profits to the DSWT. • Learn more and shop for yours at: www.elephantmap.com

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dswt: Vuria is living the DSWT dream! We rescued

Vuria is living the DSWT dream! We rescued him in 2013, when the suspected poaching victim was spotted unsuccessfully trying to join other herds. After several years in our care, first at the DSWT Nursery and then at our Ithumba Reintegration Unit, Vuria gradually learned the skills needed to live a wild life. Now, things have come full circle and Vuria is back where he belongs, living in Tsavo’s protected wilderness. He keeps company with fellow former orphans Orwa, Narok, and Bomani — and although they no longer rely on our care, the little group still visits frequently to say hello. • • • Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson DSWT

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dswt: Snares are as indiscriminate as they are cruel.

Snares are as indiscriminate as they are cruel. A few weeks ago, we rushed to the rescue of a zebra foal who had gotten her leg stuck in one; most recently, we helped an elephant who had a snare slicing into her neck. Our DSWT/KWS Mobile Veterinary Unit flew to the scene, darting the patient from the air and then moving in to remove the snare and treat her wounds. We’re happy to report that, thanks to this timely intervention, she will make a full recovery! fieldsuccessstories • Over the past five years, our DSWT/KWS Mobile Veterinary Units have treated over 1,000 elephants — and these life-saving efforts wouldn’t be possible without your support. To donate, visit: www.thedswt.org/donate • • • Photos © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust mobilevetunit antipoaching fieldsuccessstories

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dswt: Much like their human counterparts, baby elephants become

Much like their human counterparts, baby elephants become very attached to their comfort blankets — so attached, in fact, that it can take months or even years before they are ready to give them up! • www.thedswt.org • • • Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust / Freya Dowson nationalpark

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dswt: Maybe it was the pack of lions lurking

Maybe it was the pack of lions lurking nearby, or the intensely hot weather, or the momentous task of getting a two-year-old elephant into a helicopter, but any way you look at it, Sagala’s rescue was quite an ordeal. Now she’s safely at the Nursery and charming all of us with her extra-long eyelashes — which are on very fine display in this photo! • This FosterFriday , you can support Sagala’s future by fostering her. Click the link in our bio or visit: www.thedswt.org/sagala • • • Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust DSWT nationalpark

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dswt: Ngulia is the self-appointed “queen bee” at

Ngulia is the self-appointed “queen bee” at our Voi Reintegration Unit and she feels very protective towards the other orphans there, particularly elands Kore and Tawi. That being said, she also knows how to hold a grudge — something that orphaned buffalo Oltukai has learned the hard way! When he first arrived, Ngulia was excited to have a new baby to dote on but feisty Oltukai greeted her with a robust head butt instead. She has not forgotten this affront and still hasn’t warmed to the little buffalo! • • • Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust DSWT s

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dswt: Baby Solar is only a few days old,

Baby Solar is only a few days old, but he’s already a pro at splashing, mud bathing, and lounging. Swipe through and see for yourself! • Solar is the first calf of Seraa (an wild-living orphan who we rescued in 2001) and the 29th DSWT “grandcalf” (born to orphans who are now living wild) that we know of. We’re already smitten! • • • Photos © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust DSWT DSWT reintegrationunit

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, 2012: Kithaka has always acted big for his britches, even as a pint-sized baby just a few months after his rescue. (Between Naipoki and a crowd of Keepers, he had quite a cheering squad!) Today, both orphans are progressing towards a life in the wild — Kithaka at Ithumba and Naipoki at Voi. • • • Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust DSWT DSWT nationalpark

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