In Loving Memory of Dame Daphne Sheldrick

04 June 1934 - 12 April 2018

“Daphne was a national treasure and a conservation icon. Her legacy is immeasurable and her passing will reverberate far and wide because the difference she has made for conservation in Kenya is unparalleled.”– Angela Sheldrick, Daphne Sheldrick’s Daughter and CEO of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

In her 83 years with us, Daphne touched countless lives — from generations of elephants who are thriving today through her trailblazing conservation work, to people all over the world who drew inspiration from her. She is testament to the difference that a single person can make, and her legacy lives on as we continue to protect and preserve wildlife in her memory.

Below, we invite you to share your own story of how Daphne touched your life.

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Patricia James

Posted 6 September 2018

With deepest condolences on the sad loss of the wonderful Dame Daphne Sheldrick.

Without the wonderful work of both yourself and your late husband, these beautiful, majestic, gentle giants would not of had a chance.

May you work continue forever, I admired you both for the wonderful work you have done at giving these babies a second chance.

John Kamau

Posted 5 September 2018

Though the passing over of our “Godmother” was untimely and sad, it has reminded us how much the power of one person can change the world. This week we saw the news of over 90 elephants killed in Botswana, this was based on the power of one greedy person, on the other hand, our mother have single handedly saved thousands of elephants, and every single day we see her beautiful life in them.

In reality, she will never die, as long as one of those elephants remain alive and standing, she will never ever die. Her work has also motivated me to join the fight, and dedicate the remaining part of my life to fighting and protecting elephants and rhinos, so everyday when its dark, when the news is all about death and poaching, I think about her, I look at what she achieved.

I therefore join you to celebrate her life with the knowledge that mama will never die.

With many thanks and love.

John Kamau


Posted 25 August 2018

Thank you to an incredible lady who has treated us with a firework of goodness protecting wildlife all through her life. We need more people like Daphne on this planet, and we should all do our small part to help, as well as educate all children at school all over the world from the youngest age to respect and realise how fortunate we are to share our planet earth with magnificent wild species such as elephants, rhinos, and all others small or large.