Up to 100 elephants are dying every day to satisfy the illegal wildlife trade. Many of these elephants are mothers with a young calf to care for, who are now left to care for themselves. Young elephants depend on their mothers for the first few years of life, so this time alone is crucial to their survival. Elephant orphans will not survive without someone to feed and care for them, which is why the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is so important to their survival.
Creations 4 Wildlife raised enough funds in 2015 from the sales of our Elephant Haven bracelet to foster two elephant orphans at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). We selected Roi and Simotua as our first foster elephants for the year. Their stories touched us and we knew that these two orphans would be the perfect choice for Creations 4 Wildlife.
Roi was born on December 27, 2013 and orphaned on October 22, 2014. At only 10 months old, she was found next to her dead mother in the company of the rest of her herd. They were living in the Olare Orok Conservancy – Maasai Mara. Roi lost her mother to poachers.
Simotua was born on June 20, 2014 and found alone in the Rumuruti Forest on June 22, 2015. He was in a weak condition with a snare wound on the leg and a spear wound to the head. Sadly, another orphan as the result of poaching.
Every Elephant Haven bracelet sold helps Creations 4 Wildlife foster more elephant orphans. We will be fostering another orphan next month when we make our quarterly donations … stay tuned, we will share their stories soon!
Purchasing one of our Elephant Haven bracelets is only one way you can support the orphans at the DSWT. If you would like to do more, you can also foster your very own elephant orphan. As foster parents you will receive a fostering certificate with a profile and photograph of your adopted orphan together with a description of the Orphans’ Project, a map indicating where your orphan was found and a description of the habitat and the plight of the elephants in that particular area; monthly highlights and notes from the “Keepers Diary” and more.