About the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Born from one family's passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world today. It's also one of the most pioneering wildlife conservation and habitat protection organizations in East Africa. It was founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E in honor of her late husband, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE. He was a famous naturalist and founding warden of Tsavo East National Park. The DSWT claims a rich and deeply rooted family history in wildlife and conservation.

Mission statement
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that complement the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. These include antipoaching; safe guarding the natural environment; enhancing community awareness; addressing animal-welfare issues; providing veterinary assistance to animals in need; and rescuing and hand-rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in the wild when grown.

At the heart of the DSWT's conservation activities is the Orphans' Project, which has achieved worldwide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program.

The Orphans' Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya's threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, the loss of habitat due to deforestation and drought, and human population pressures and conflict.

The DSWT has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants to date. It has accomplished its long-term conservation priorities by reintegrating former orphans into the wild herds of Tsavo, and many of the DSWT elephants have now raised wild-born calves of their own. This is further testament to the success of the project.

The DSWT has remained true to its principles and ideals, remaining a sustainable and flexible organization. They're guided by experienced and dedicated Trustees and assisted by an Advisory Committee of proactive naturalists with a lifetime of wildlife and environmental experience. The DSWT takes effective action and achieves long-lasting results.

The DSWT is chaired by Daphne Sheldrick and run by Angela Sheldrick, David and Daphne's daughter. Angela has managed the Trust's activities for over a decade. Growing up in Tsavo and later in the Nairobi National Park, she has been part of the Trust's vision from the start and is supported by her husband Robert Carr-Hartley and their boys Taru and Roan, who are equally passionate about Kenya's wildlife and eager to ensure that David and Daphne's legacy continues.

In 2004, the DSWT was granted charitable status by the Charities Commission in the UK. That same year, the Trust attained US Charitable status, further enhancing its corporate funding capability under the guidance of the U.S. Friends of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

For further information and to donate to this worthy cause, please visit SheldrickWildlifeTrust.org. And to order a copy of Dame Daphne's memoire, Love, Life, & Elephants: An African Love Story, visit Amazon.com

About Naipoki

Naipoki is the only elephant at the DSWT to be rescued twice from the same well.

In the early morning of December 13, 2009, the Namunyak Conservancy headquarters learned that three-month old Naipoki had fallen into the well. She was immediately rescued and-after huge efforts to locate her herd-was reunited with her mother on the evening of the 14th.

Sadly, it was reported the next morning that she'd fallen down the same well again. Predators had chewed her trunk, and she was very weak and in desperate need of milk.

Perhaps the herd she was reunited with was not her own and she'd not been fed? Maybe in her desperation for something to drink she'd fallen into the well? Or maybe it was it her herd and she'd simply slipped again into a watering hole they frequent?

Piers and Hilary, advisors to the Namunyak Trust (a trust that looks after the land and wildlife of the Sarara Camp), initiated the second rescue. While they waited for the crew from the DSWT to arrive, Naipoki was returned to the camp in Northern Kenya.

A few hours after the emergency call, the DSWT team arrived at the airstrip to find the little traumatized calf desperately hungry and terribly tired. They fed Naipoki rehydration liquid, which she promptly guzzled, along with two large bottles of milk!

She was loaded onto the plane and strapped in for the journey. With her belly full, she was totally calm and slept most of the flight. On her arrival at the Nairobi DSWT nursery, she was fed again. Her strength began to return. Happily, Naipoki pushed around the loving DSWT elephant keepers, and finally collapsed on the soft hay in her stable for a three-hour nap.

Naipoki was given her name by the people who worked so hard to save her from the well in the Namunyak Conservation area. In the Maa language, Naipoki means 'something painted.' This was also the name of the area where she was reunited with the herd on the evening of December 14th. She came from the exact area as her nursery mate, Wasin, and the two of them made an endearing pair of miniature elephants. One hopes their friendship will last a lifetime.

Naipoki's story has a happy ending, but many do not. Sadly, countless calves are left to perish. Either they fall into man-made wells or they get stuck in natural watering holes. Many others are orphaned by the ivory-poaching industry.

There are countless such stories of the DSWT and other organizations in the region, rescuing animals which would have otherwise died. We have huge hearts of gratitude for the good people of the DSWT and all those who are rescuing animals globally. They do their work quietly and with no fan-fare. They rescue and help those who can't help themselves. They feed those who can't feed themselves. They protect those who can't protect themselves.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

~ Mahatma Gandhi

We thank God that there are many people and organizations in this world that are committed to animal welfare. Our hearts go out to you all.

About Lori, Frances & Bumbles

The idea for our children's book series about Bumbles the Bee was born after our trip to Zambia in 2011. We traveled there to bring the ladies living in small villages surrounding Kafakumba, a training center close to Ndola, a skill that could empower them and their families with a new source of income. (You can learn about this adventure in our first book Bumbles...finds her way home!) When we returned to North America, we were inspired to write this book to showcase the outstanding work that John and Kendra Enright are doing in Africa.

We then traveled to Kenya to visit Maxwell, Kibo and Kainuk: the rhinos and elephants we sponsored at the DSWT. We were so touched by all they were doing there for orphaned and injured rhinos and elephants that we just had to write another book highlighting that great effort as well, Bumbles...saves Naipoki! (available summer 2014)

We also adopted a few more animals: 10-month-old elephant calf Naipoki-for Lori's mom; and rhino Solio-for Frances' friend, Lorne.

As we continue traveling and serving in other developing countries, we've had our hearts warmed by the outstanding people and organizations doing fabulous things for humanity, animals, and the environment. We considered starting our own charitable organization to spearhead the work globally, but decided we'd rather write books that highlight and support the work others are already doing around the world.

We call it 'sprinkling fairy dust' on these amazing organizations. They deserve it.

It's our hope that each book we write inspires children and adults alike into taking action: following their passion for service, digging deep financially to aid those on the front lines, and into making the world a better place in ways that only they-you-can.

One such couple, Dwight and Debbie Keller, has done just that. After having been inspired by visits to Botswana, Uganda, Rwanda, and especially the DSWT in Kenya, they decided to start their own charitable organization focusing on helping orphaned and abused animals. Though not finalized yet, their organization's name will include the phrase "Power to Wildlife." After returning to the States and reading our first book Bumbles...finds her way home! they discovered we were kindred spirits and suggested that we write a book based on an elephant rescue. They had no idea that we also support the DSWT and had already written Bumbles ... saves Naipoki!

They also informed us that they had just adopted an elephant on our behalf. Her name was Naipoki! Seriously? There are thousands of animal rescues on the planet and hundreds of thousands of orphans, and they had given us the gift of the same elephant we met, fell in love with, played with, and adopted for a family member! This is no coincidence. We are doing what we were meant to be doing. What we love doing. And we hope you join the party!

These synchronicities confirmed for Dwight and Debbie that they are also doing what they are meant to be doing. By following Ghandi's famous words, to 'be the change you want to see in the world,' they are truly making a difference.

We are sincerely grateful you've read Bumbles...saves Naipoki! to your kids—and yourself. You are changing lives, as for every 25 copies sold, we are adopting another orphaned elephant or rhino at the DSWT—all thanks to you!