Adopt an Elephant

In the last 40 years, African elephant populations have declined by 40%, if we do not act now this iconic keystone species will become extinct in our lifetime.

Adopt an elephant today, and help David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) as we:

  • Fight on your behalf to end the trade in ivory and the illegal killing of elephants.
  • Protect key elephant habitats by championing the heroic wildlife rangers on the frontline of conservation.
  • Engage at-risk communities who share their homes with wildlife and reduce human-elephant conflict.

What’s included?

  • An adoption folder containing personalised certificate, species fact sheet, animal bio sheet and photo.
  • Wildlife Matters supporter magazine.
  • A beautiful elephant sketch print by wildlife artist Julie Rhodes.
  • Optional unique hand knitted toy made by Little Ndaba a women’s community group in Zambia.

Adopt an elephant now

If you would like to adopt an elephant, you can choose a regular monthly payment or a one off payment. Both offer differing pack options such as a physical pack by post (with or without a toy) to a UK address or a digital pack via email (does not include sketch or toy). Alternatively, if you have an existing DSWF adoption, you can renew this via a monthly payment or a one off payment.

How your adoption could help elephants

  • Just £3 per month (or £36 per year) could promote human wildlife co-existence in Zambia through far reaching community engagement programmes.
  • Only £5 per month (or £47 per year) could protect the elephants of Kafue National Park with on the ground rangers and aerial patrols.
  • With £10 per month (or £60 per year) an orphaned baby elephant could be provided with vital emergency medical supplies and veterinary care.

Why your adoption is so important

Known by many as ‘The Man Who Loved Giants’, our late founder, renowned wildlife artist David Shepherd’s, favourite animal, was the elephant.

By adopting an elephant your donation will help fund the Elephant Orphanage Project in Zambia. Established by DSWF and Game Rangers International (GRI), the elephant orphanage project in Zambia works to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned elephants who have lost their mothers to poachers and the illegal wildlife trade.

Meet our Elephant species ambassador, Chamilandu

Image of our elephant species ambassador, Chamilandu and her calf.
Image credit: GRI

Chamilandu, lovingly known as Chama, is the proud matriarch of the orphan elephant herd in Zambia. She arrived at the GRI-Elephant Orphanage Project in 2007 after her mother was killed by poachers.

From a young age, Chama chose to act as the mother figure to the new baby orphans and has been a vital part of their development.

In September 2019, now a fully grown adult Chamilandu gave birth to her first calf. Mutaanzi David, named in honour our late founder, is the first wild-born calf ever to be born to a Zambian orphan elephant.

Both mother and calf are doing exceptionally well and have remained close to where the rest of the orphan herd live as part of their ongoing rehabilitation back to the wild.

By adopting an elephant with DSWF you are helping to secure a brighter future for Chamilandu and her calf.