David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

  • ElephantVoices eNewsletter August 2017 - Say Hello in Elephant!

    Dear Friend of ElephantVoices,

    For the first time you can Speak Elephant with your friends. You can share your message in a pretty cool way:-).

    Together with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, we’re launching Say Hello in Elephant to raise awareness and to showcase elephant communication. Our goal is to reach far and wide - during World Elephant Day, 12th August, and beyond.

    In the press release about this campaign ElephantVoices’ Joyce Poole states: "Elephants are awe-inspiring and every moment in their company brings joy. Unlocking their rich emotive communication and gaining deeper insight into their world is fascinating. Yet, elephants and their habitats are under assault, and we urgently need to change hearts and minds.”

    Say Hello in Elephant provides a little window into the complex communication of elephants. If you want to learn more, check out our elephant calls database. We are currently working on a major expansion of all our elephant behavior databases, and look forward to show you more during the coming year.

    More than ever we need your help to inspire people to do their utmost to stop the ivory trade and to ensure a future with space for elephants. Please consider supporting the work of

  • The elephant in the well - Kibo and his new life

    In the beginning of February 2009 we posted a story about a baby elephant that fell down into a well in Amboseli - and how we together with local maasai and staff from the Amboseli Elephant Research Project rescued him. After having tried to find his family for quite some time we had to take the tough decision that he couldn't stay in Amboseli. In ElephantVoices' field vehicle we brought him to the Amboseli airstrip to be picked up by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi.

    To get a 350 pound baby elephant up from a well safely is no joke - despite the well not being very deep. A baby elephant is not easy to get into the trunk of a Landcruiser either, but everything went fine. We are very happy to tell you that the baby elephant now called Kibo is thriving in Sheldricks elephant orphanage. You may enjoy watcing the video from the rescue.

  • The unfolding story about Kibo from the well

    Below you will find links and video related to the unfolding story of Kibo, a baby elephant who got stuck in a well and was rescued to be taken to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. Meeting a desperate baby trapped, and now seeing him thriving as "Kibo" at the orphanage, is heart warming. Kibo will one day be released back to the wild and, hopefully, live to a ripe old age in an environment free from the scourge of the ivory trade. In the meantime, he is an emissary, changing the hearts and minds of young school children in Kenya and, via the internet, people all over the world. 

    Trumpets, Petter

    The rescue of a baby elephant

    A young baby elephant fell late at night 28 January 2009 into a man made well west of Amboseli National Park, Kenya, near Sinya Mines.

    Some local maasai found him and asked the Amboseli Elephant Research Project for help to rescue him. For a long time we all tried to find his family, but they were not to be seen.

    We had to get him up - he was injured, sunburned and exhausted. He wouldn't make it much longer.

    Visiting Kibo