One of the world’s most-loved animals is being lost to the illegal wildlife trade. Help us protect them and adopt an Elephant from just £3 per month.
The African elephant is synonymous with our founder, the late David Shepherd CBE. His paintings of his beloved jumbos inspired a new generation of conservationists and artists alike. Today, DSWF has forged a strong connection with elephants as we work to save this iconic species from extinction.
In as little as a century, the number of African elephants has plummeted from over 12 million to approximately 400,000. With severe declines of up to 62% over several decades. In some geographical regions, elephant populations have been reduced by as much as 90%.
Killed by poachers for both bushmeat and to supply the illegal ivory trade, as well as being impacted by habitat loss, encroachment, and human-wildlife conflict, all elephants face an uncertain future.
When you adopt an elephant through David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, you’ll contribute directly to our vital frontline projects working to save this iconic species.
Just £3 per month (or £36 one-off) could fund far-reaching community programmes in Zambia, promoting human-wildlife coexistence
Only £5 per month (or £47 one-off) could protect the elephants of Kafue National Park, by providing support and vital equipment to ground rangers and aerial patrols
With £10 per month (or £60 one-off) you could provide an orphan elephant with essential medical and veterinary care
You’ll get a personalised certificate, species fact sheet, animal bio sheet, and a photograph. In addition we will send you bi-annual updates on our conservation work with your chosen species.
DSWF’s magazine, bringing you conservation news and updates on our work to fight wildlife crime and protect endangered species.
A stunning print of an African elephant sketch by the talented wildlife artist, Julie Rhodes.
For adoptions of £5 per month or £47 a year and over, you can also opt to receive a beautiful, handknitted toy crafted by the Little Ndaba women’s group in Zambia.
Physical adoption packs are only available within the UK (Digital packs are available internationally). Parcels are sent 2nd class untracked with Royal Mail.
Our adoption animal toys are made by the ladies of the Little Ndaba group in Zambia. They are ethically sourced 100% African cotton and are crocheted by over 100 women from remote villages across the country.
When you sponsor an elephant, you help fund projects working with local communities to fight wildlife crime, reduce conflict, and raise awareness of the threats they face. In addition, your support can help us:
Chamilandu, better known as Chamma, is one of the many calves that has been saved, raised, and rehabilitated into the wild through the elephant orphanage supported by DSWF.
Chamma came to the orphanage in 2007, after her mother was tragically killed by poachers. Despite the violence she had witnessed and experienced at the hands of humans, her loving nature quickly endeared her to those entrusted to her care, and even early on, she showed a matriarchal instinct to young orphan calves arriving at the orphanage. Her role in their development was often seen as a vital step in their rehabilitation and release.
In 2019, Chamma became a mother more literally, when she gave birth to Mutaanzi-David, who was named in honour of our founder. He was the first ever wild-born calf to an elephant raised and rehabilitated by a Zambian orphanage. Both Chamma and Mutaanzi-David are doing well and have now been fully reintegrated back to the wild.
By adopting an elephant with DSWF, you can help secure a safer future for elephants, and save more orphaned elephants like Chamma.
You can support our work to save endangered animals from extinction by adopting today.
of the world’s wildlife has been wiped out in the last 50 years.
species of plants, insects, and mammals are at risk of extinction.