Elephants are one of the most vulnerable mammals on the planet. David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is committed to addressing the threats faced by this iconic species by fighting, protecting and engaging on behalf of elephants.


DSWF fights to protect elephant populations by funding law enforcement programmes across Africa and Asia. By funding park protection and anti-poaching efforts, our ground-based project partners provide a blanket of protection in prime elephant habitats. Our wildlife policy team also engage in international policy forums, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to lobby for a universal and permanent ban on the trade in ivory. For more information on our policy work and the ivory trade please click here.


DSWF strives to protect elephant populations by identifying sustainable solutions to human-wildlife conflict, funding research and monitoring initiatives alongside the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphaned elephants who are the victims of wildlife crime.

In Zambia, DSWF has funded the Game Rangers International (GRI) Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP) since it’s inception over ten years ago. The project rescues elephants orphaned as a result of human-wildlife conflict and poaching, and rehabilitating them with the ultimate aim of releasing them back into the wild. DSWF is also committed to protecting strategic elephant populations by supporting the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect these iconic species, as seen over the decades of support in Uganda Murchison Falls.


DSWF believes that education, community engagement and stakeholder participation are fundamental to ensuring a sustainable future for both people and wildlife. Across Africa and Asia, DSWF funds education workshops for those living near or next to national parks and protected areas. The workshops aim to inspire children and communities to protect elephants whilst simultaneously supporting alternative and sustainable livelihood schemes to ensure any participation or engagement in illegal wildlife activity is not tolerated.


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