Focus on Keynote: Daphne Sheldrick

Dame Daphne Sheldrick
Kenya- born and bred Daphne Sheldrick is recognized internationally as the world’s expert on the African Elephant and Black Rhinoceros, and considered the international authority on the rehabilitating of orphaned baby elephants back into the wild. Through four books, numerous articles, lectures and television appearances, she has been a tireless voice for wildlife conservation worldwide.

Daphne SheldrickHer recent memoir, Love, Life and Elephants is her story of her love for her late husband David Sheldrick , legendary warden of Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park , and her love of animals and her experiences raising and rehabilitating elephants, black rhinos, buffalo, zebras, elands, kudus, impalas, duikers, reedbuck, dikdiks, warthogs, civets, mongeese and birds.

Following the death of David Sheldrick in 1977, in his memory she founded and currently runs (along with her daughters) the  David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and orphans nursery in Nairobi National Park. The Elephant Orphanage hand-rears traumatized baby elephants – who have fallen into wells, or watched their mothers, sisters and aunts slaughtered for ivory – during a three year rehabilitation program, to their ultimate release back into the wild in Tsavo National Park.

Photo @Henry Holdsworth
Photo @Henry Holdsworth

In 2001 Daphne Sheldrick received Kenya’s Order of the Burning Spear, in 2002 the BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2006 she was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, the first such honor to be awarded in Kenya since the country received Independence. Dame Daphne Sheldrick will receive the Teton Outstanding Achievement Award in Conservation at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Don’t miss this special conversation with Dame Sheldrick, and the award ceremony, Wednesday September 25.

Guest Post by Lori Robinson of AfricaInside.org

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