Daphne Sheldrick and the Orphans of Tsavo

@JudyEv (137503)
Bunbury, Australia
February 14, 2016 7:45am CST
I am rereading some of my books and plan on disposing of them after I've read them, with the exception of a few. A paperback which is old and yellowed is called 'The Orphans of Tsavo' and tells of the various wild animals that were raised and cared for on Tsavo National Park. With her second husband David Sheldrick, the author, Daphne, raised and rehabilitated a number of different species including elephants, rhinos, buffalo, zebras, kudus and more. When David died in 1977, she created the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya. She was the first person to perfect a milk formula for infant milk-dependent elephants and rhinos and now has an enviable success rate in raising these babies. Today the Trust is involved in a number of programmes aimed at the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife in Kenya. She has received a number of awards for her work including an MBE presented by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989. In 2006, she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. What interested me is that in my book, written in 1966, she looks like a teenager although she is married and has two children. Many years later, when I 'discovered' her again, she was much more matronly. Happens to us all doesn't it? Us females anyway. The photo is of two elephants in the Singapore Zoo. There are treats in the barrel and having to work out how to get the treats keeps the elephants pleasantly occupied.
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@PainsOnSlate (20670)
• Canada
15 Feb 16
When you are ready to get rid of your books, ask the library if they want them, and if not the charity shops will take them. I enjoy buying charity shop books when I go on holidays, and I leave them behind when I come home. It's amazing the books at resorts and charity shops for all to read.
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
There are a lot of 'little libraries' around the place too now. Some of my old books are a bit too tatty for a library but they won't be wasted.
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@Ladypeace (2047)
• Singapore
14 Feb 16
Daphne Sheldrick is such a remarkable and compassionate person. I love elephants and have watched the elephants perform at the Singapore Zoo. They really do deserve to be treated with dignity and care. Unfortunately many of them have been exploited in various parts of the world.
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
They put on a really good performance at the zoo don't they? I enjoyed the night safari too.
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@Marcyaz (35591)
• United States
14 Feb 16
very interesting how the animals are raised and cared for. I admire her for her good work with the animals.
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
She has done an amazing job. She could have left it all behind but she is still doing such great work.
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@Marcyaz (35591)
• United States
15 Feb 16
@JudyEv Some people spend their entire lives doing for others glad she is still out there doing her things.
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@slund2041 (3375)
• United States
14 Feb 16
I love the picture of the elephants. It is amazing that they work out for their treats. Thanks for sharing.
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
Such intelligent animals must get very bored sometimes with nothing with which to occupy themselves.
@Gillygirl (17605)
• Sutton, England
14 Feb 16
I haven't heard of this author but she sounds like a diamond with her good works for wild life. Elephants are such beautiful animals.
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
She has carried on her husband's good work for many years now.
@Corbin5 (119782)
• United States
14 Feb 16
Thank you for introducing us to this book. This book would be one that I would enjoy reading. She deserved those awards that were bestowed upon her. What an amazing woman.
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
She has done incredible work for the animals of Kenya.
@garymarsh6 (14602)
• United Kingdom
14 Feb 16
Just thank your lucky stars you do not look like Dame Maggie Smith or worse that Antipodean Dame Edna Everidge!
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
Have you come across Norman Gunston yet? He has vanished from our screens now but he was really cringe material - as another antipodean, not a woman!!
• United States
14 Feb 16
How wonderful to hear of people taking up a good cause.
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
She is really passionate about her country and the wild animals there.
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@andriaperry (61413)
• Anniston, Alabama
14 Feb 16
What a nice story to read. I do love elephants, they seem sweet and kind animals.
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
I have several books about elephants. In one, the author is introducing her baby daughter to the elephants. Later, that daughter had her own TV show about wildlife in general and elephants in particular.
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@DianneN (88228)
• United States
14 Feb 16
We subscribe and donate to the preservation, conservation, and protection of various wildlife organizations. She is the type of person I would love to meet!
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
There is plenty of these types of places desperate for funds.
@Lucky15 (33687)
• Philippines
14 Feb 16
with these elephants being hunted for their tusk, they really have to be protected. with the milk formula for the elephants, wow
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
They don't seem to be able to get on top of the poachers. But they are now saving many more babies than they used to.
@Juliaacv (34207)
• Canada
14 Feb 16
What a wonderful way to pay tribute to her late husband. That way his work and his passion lives on for future generations.
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@jaboUK (55200)
• United Kingdom
15 Feb 16
I read that book years ago. She did some wonderful work.
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
Some of the little - and big - creatures had such strong personalities.
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@jstory07 (71384)
• Roseburg, Oregon
15 Feb 16
That sounds like a good book to read.
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@JudyEv (137503)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
I have really enjoyed rereading this.