This newsletter is going to be a little different than our previous ones. For two reasons, we want to highlight the work done by the charity we have supported, for many years, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Secondly we are writing this in the highlands of Scotland the land that BT and all the mobile phone companies forgot. So trying to get a quick internet connection is at best an up hill struggle.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
As we sit in Scotland on a soggy day with the sun peeping in between the showers, Kenya and Africa are a world away. In Africa a war rages between people who want to prevent the African Elephant becoming extinct in Africa and people engaged in the ivory poaching trade. The people fighting to preserve the Elephants need our support that will allow them to continue.
For those that don’t know poaching of African Elephant ivory has reached its highest levels ever. It is now estimated that one elephant is killed for its tusks every fifteen minutes. At this rate of killing no elephants will be left in Africa by 2025.
There are lots of charities working on the ground to try and save the elephants that we have left. One such charity is The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. This is the charity we support by raising awareness and money for the work they do at our wildlife talks and craft fairs.
The trust works in Kenya rescuing orphaned baby elephants. Many have witnessed their mothers being killed by ivory poachers. The trust sends teams of keepers all over Kenya to bring back the orphans to Nairobi and the safety of the orphanage Dame Daphne Sheldrick has established there. Once at the orphanage new arrivals are coaxed into joining the Nairobi herd which is made up of milk dependant elephants.
Each orphan has a keeper who is with the young elephant twenty four hours a day. The keepers even sleep with the young elephants keeping them company and feeding the very young ones throughout the night. Many of the orphans need great care and attention to get over the traumatic experience of losing their mother.
As the orphans get older they are moved from Nairobi to Tasvo National Park or the Kibwezi Forest -Chyulu Hills. From here the aim is to rehabilitate the elephants back to the wild. To date over 150 elephants that would have been lost to the world have been returned to the wild. Female elephants who have mated with wild bulls often return to the stockades with calves to introduce them to their old keepers.
Along with the orphan project the trust also runs many other initiatives to help wildlife conservation within Kenya. As well as saving the elephants from certain death the trust also helps many other animals with its veterinary units. Its community outreach program raises awareness of the problems facing all of Africa’s wildlife. Providing education and opportunities for children to learn and be more knowledgeable about wildlife than ever before.
Don’t just take our word about the wonderful work the trust do, take a few minutes and visit the website at http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org
. Here you can learn, more about the work of the trust and there is even details about how you can make a donation (big hint).
Kenya Wildlife Safari
We still have a few places left on our Kenya Wildlife safari this August so if you want to see Africa book now. http://www.mandjbloomfield.com/tours
So from the wilds of Scotland we wish you happy snapping and may all your pictures be sharpe.
Mark and Jacky