Pieces from places

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

In 1997, the late Norman Berry created an advert for a Panadol campaign; the ad, which featured elephants, has been stuck in my mind since the first time I saw it. I was fascinated and immediately enamored by elephants, so much so that I decided I would one day own one – I mean, in my childish mind it seemed very possible as I had never seen an actual elephant and anyway how hard could it be? Well, I was wrong for obvious reasons but my admiration and love still remains.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is one of the pioneering organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. The Trust works with key partners such as the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and local communities to champion conservation – preservation and protection. 

I first heard about DSWT from a morning lifestyle show ages ago and my first thought was – I can just walk in and see elephants? Great, amazing and unbelievable elephants – that is incredible! As life would have it, it took ages to actualize but I finally visited and it was pretty awesome. Glad I was able to see the elephants up – close and draw inspiration from the trip to create this installment of Pieces from Places.

Each gets a healthy amount of milk. As they feed, the team educates us on the elephants they have at the sanctuary


Tip: Get there in good time as there is only a one hour period for visiting,  adopt an elephant if possible and if you can, visit Giraffe Centre (AFEW) on the same day & as always, listen – learn – immerse.

The process

The product

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