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DR. DAME DAPHNE M. SHELDRICK, DBE (The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust) is the widow of David Sheldrick, internationally renowned conservationist and one of the world's leading authorities on African wildlife, as well as the Founder Warden of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. After his death in 1977, Dame Daphne was given permission by the government to continue her work with orphaned wild animals. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was established in l977, and the small house she built within the Nairobi National Park has evolved into its headquarters.

Dame Daphne has cared for infant elephants and black rhino among other wild species since the first orphans were handed into her care in the mid-eighties. Since then, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has hand-reared over 130 orphaned elephants with the specialized milk formula and husbandry developed by Dame Daphne necessary to steer them into adulthood. She has taught some 50 keepers how to rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of needy animals, releasing them back into Tsavo's wild population.

A proponent of wildlife conservation, Dame Daphne also campaigns tirelessly against the abuse of captive animals. She is the author of four international best-selling books and has given numerous lectures, made television appearances and written dozens of articles. Her autobiography, An African Love Story, is to be released in Spring 2012.

Growing up on a Kenyan dairy farm in the 1930s, she adopted her first wild orphan, a baby bushbuck, at the age of three. Her brother Peter Jenkins joined the National Parks service when the Nairobi National Park came into being in 1948 and through him she met her husband David, who created the giant Tsavo National Park from virgin bush.

Dame Daphne has received several prestigious honors: appointment by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989 as a Member of the British Empire, and in 2006 as Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the female equivalent of a Knighthood. She was delegated to the United Nations Environmental Program's 1992 Global 500 Roll of Honor; and received an Honorary Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Glasgow University in 2000, along with the BBC's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2001, the Kenyan Government decorated her as a Moran of the Burning Spear for her conservation work.


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