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WildlifeDirect sends deep and sincere condolences to the family of Dam Daphne Sheldrick who died on Sunday evening after losing her brave battle against cancer.
There are few people in the world who will leave as deep a mark on the psyche of people, nor on the future of a species as Dame Daphne Sheldrick. Daphne knew that way to win minds was through the heart. Her orphanage in Nairobi for the rehabilitation of baby elephants, created a platform for the world to discover ele...phants, their querky fun characters and personalities, each individual, each thinking, each vulnerable despite their great size. Her center is visited by hundreds of people every day, many of us visit several times per year for a boost of elephant energy. The keepers, led by the amazing Edwin demonstrating that men are amazing mothers. Daphne sometimes had to fight for her orphanage but not everyone was against her. Richard Leakey often said to me that her work was by far the most powerful in winning international concern for elephants. Those baby elephants have become true ambassadors of Kenya and our wildlife. You can Rest in Peace Mama Ndovu, there are thousands of us now continuing your great work of protecting our great wildlife heritage.
“It is all very raw but I must share with you the passing of my incredible mother Daphne Sheldrick. What an example she was to us all, and I feel blessed to ha...ve been able to call her my Mum because she was quite simply ‘one of a kind’. She was a national treasure and a conservation icon. Daphne passed away yesterday evening, Thursday 12th April, after a long battle with breast cancer, a battle she finally lost. Her legacy is immeasurable and her passing will reverberate far and wide because the difference she has made for conservation in Kenya is unparalleled.
She will be sorely missed, but never forgotten, and this is what Daphne drew the most comfort from in her final weeks; knowing that her memory and work would continue with the tiny steps of baby elephants for generations to come and that the work that she pioneered has been able to achieve so much for wildlife and wild places throughout Kenya. She died knowing that she will continue to make a difference each and every day upon a land that she held so dear to her heart through the work of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, thanks to a dedicated team she leaves behind. Daphne was fortunate to live long enough to preside over mud baths at Ithumba with well over 100 orphans, ex orphans and wild friends frolicking, and be able to say to herself, ‘but for I’. What a gift she leaves us all with, as she really is a shining example of the finest of humanity. Thank you all for your love and passion and support.” Angela Sheldrick
An official announcement on Dame Daphne's passing can be found on our website and, for those wishing to make a donation to commemorate and celebrate Daphne’s life and help The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust continue to protect the wild lives Daphne loved so much, please visit: www.thedswt.org/dame-daphne-sheldrick-2018