The Friese Foundation is proud to support the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the most successful orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world.
Elephants are a keystone species that are indispensable to the African environment: approximately a third of tree species in central Africa depend on elephants for the distribution of their seeds in order to germinate. Digging for water with their tusks provides access to water not only for the herd, but for smaller animals who depend on them for their access to the underground water. Grazing and migrating clears pathways in the savannah that allows for new growth and access for smaller animals as well.
Elephants have also been shown over and over again to have complex mental lives and the capacity for strong emotion. They are known to use tools and to cooperate with each other to solve problems. They grieve for their dead, comfort one another when they are afraid, aid each other in distress, and remember those who have helped them.
As mankind’s footprint expands, all of this wildlife — including elephants and the plants and animals that depend on their presence — is increasingly under threat. To address this, The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was founded in 1977 by Dame Daphne Sheldrick to reverse the effects of the past, prevent the repercussions of the present, and ultimately forge a better future for both wildlife and mankind. Best known for its pioneering work rescuing orphaned elephants and reintegrating them back into the wild, the Trust is a global leader in elephant conservation and one of Africa’s preeminent wildlife charities.
What began as a small operation has grown into a multi-dimensional global force for wildlife conservation, tackling the greatest threats facing Kenya’s natural world and engaging local communities in the process. The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully raised over 260 orphaned elephants through its renowned orphans’ project, while its habitat preservation programs and anti-poaching, aerial surveillance, and mobile veterinary units secure a future for all manner of wildlife. By forging working partnerships with the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Kenya Forest Service, and local communities, the Trust leases, manages and protects precious wilderness before they are lost forever
We are proud to support this wonderful cause and hope you will join us in supporting their work.