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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Ann smith

Posted 21 September 2018

I was so upset at the passing of dame sheldrick I wrote to her an she always wrote back to me she will always b in the hearts of people all around the world an now her family have taken over where she left of u are a angel in disguise Daphne’s u change my life an the way all animals should be protected my love an thoughts to every one who she had touched an most of all to her lovley family an all the workers who work to help the animals an behind the seans god bless Ann an Mark smith xx

Joan H.

Posted 19 September 2018

My condolences to the family! I think I can speak for many when I say, Daphne’s life work, her spirit, the difference she has made for these wonderful creatures, the elephants and other wildlife, is something we all wish we could aspire to. God bless Daphne, and God bless and protect the elephants.

patricia j piotter

Posted 17 September 2018

to the family of dame daphne,

how blessed you all were to have her in your lives. how blessed was the world to have her in it.

what a beautiful soul, she must have been an incredible inspiration to everyone she met. i am sure that you must miss her terribly i wish that could have had the honor of knowing her.

many thanks to you her family for carrying on her legacy.

patricia piotter

Desly Movius

Posted 13 September 2018

I have just finished reading Daphne Sheldrick’s beautiful memoir, “Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story.” If you have not read it already, you must get a copy and start it today. If you have read it already, you should read it again. You will never forget this amazing woman. In a troubled world that brings us depressing news each and every day, Daphne’s life shows us all that some things remain uppermost in importance. Her great legacy should remind us that we must never forget to speak out for our fellow creatures on this little planet who have no voice. Safari njema, Daphne.

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.