Illegal poaching is a real threat to our dwindling wildlife population. Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, a prominent wildlife activist, has dedicated her life toward caring for the baby elephants left orphaned by the merciless poachers who massacre adult elephants for their tusks.
Daphne shifted her focus to orphaned elephants in 1977. Initially, it was very difficult for the young elephants to survive without their mothers. But over the years, Daphne’s tireless research helped her create a special feeding-milk formula that helps the elephants get the adequate nutrition required to develop normally.
Daphne is a motherly figure to all the elephants she raises. Elephants have a strong sense of family, which is why they always run to hug their adoptive mother whenever they see her. Later in her life, Daphne noticed the huge number of rhinos being killed for their horns. So she extended her crusade toward rhinos too.
All the animals raised by Daphne are reintegrated back into their natural habitat when they’re old enough. Sadly, the ivory tusk trade and other banned animal-based smuggling still thrive due to its popularity in the black market, which continues to put these animals at risk. Let’s raise our voices and help put end to this monstrous trade.