Orphan elephants win over Kenyan leader

The world-leading sanctuary, and our longest running partner, where our beautiful adoption elephants are cared for recently received a visit from a very special guest. The new first lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta showed her personal interest in the crisis of ivory poaching for elephants on her visit to meet some of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s orphans.

Following the new rules on wildlife penalties taken by the Kenyan government earlier this year, Margaret Kenyatta is spearheading a national campaign – Hands Off our Elephants. Launched last month, the campaign aims to motivate Kenyans to take personal responsibility for protecting their wild heritage and threatened elephant populations.Something needs to be done: Kenya has already lost 137 elephants since the start of the year.

“At the current rate of poaching, it is estimated that Kenya’s elephants will be gone from the wild within 10 years.” Margaret Kenyatta.

Care for the Wild has supported the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for over 25 years, and the elephants our supporters have adopted through the programme have been a symbol of hope for many. They are also a reflection of the increasing tragedy of ivory poaching in Kenya and across Africa. As our CEO Philip Mansbridge said in his

Huffington Post blog for World Elephant Day:

“Some reports are now suggesting that up to 40,000 elephants are being killed for their tusks each year in Africa alone. That is almost five per hour, every hour, every day. Can you imagine this – five per hour – think for one minute about how that equates to your day. What will you do in the next 12 minutes? Maybe read this blog, surf the net, clear a couple of emails, make a coffee… bang. Another magnificent elephant hits the ground.”

Elephants are part of us, even if we have never seen one in the wild. We will continue to work hard to ensure that an orphanage, or a zoo, are not the only places our children will be able to see one.

Join Kenya’s First Lady in fostering an orphaned elephant here.

Support Care for the Wild’s Last Chance for Elephants appeal here.

Find out about the ‘Hands off our elephants’ campaign here.