I did it, for Ndotto & Lasayen!!
November 19, 2016
BENEFITING: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA
EVENT DATE: Nov 19, 2016
In July of 2010, a life-long dream came true for me - I went to Africa! For 36 years, I had dreamed of going on safari in Kenya, thinking that it would never happen. But, in 2009, my Mom said, "If you really want to go to Africa, I'll go with you, but it will have to be soon, because I'm getting too old to travel!". I decided that I should really take her up on it, and using some of the investment money my late husband (Tom passed away unexpectedly in 2006) left to me, we made our arrangements for a safari in East Africa! Our first full day in Nairobi included a visit to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Orphan Elephant Nursery. What an incredible place! "Founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E, in honour of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the DSWT claims a rich and deeply rooted family history in wildlife and conservation. Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa." https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/about_us.asp While lions will always remain my favorite animal, the orphans, of all types, at DSWT hold a very special place in my heart. Last October I was able to foster my first baby elephant, Ndotto. And, for Christmas, I fostered his best friend at the nursery, Lasayen, for my Mom. I will continue to foster these precious babies for as long as I can, and when they return to the wild, I will foster two more! Please help me raise funds to keep this organization up and running, for all of the orphans in Kenya. Thanks, in part due, to illegal poaching and the bush meat trade, there are far too many of them in all of Africa. Thank you for helping me!