Dame Daphne Marjorie Sheldrick (1934 – 2018) was born in Kenya to British parents. She became an author and conservationist who was particularly known for founding the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where she raised and reintegrated orphaned elephants into the wild for over 30 years. She was first married to game warden Bill Woodley in 1953. Then following their divorce, she married David Sheldrick (1919 - 1977) in 1963 who was the game warden of Tsavo East.
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The Tsavo Story by Daphne Sheldrick (1973) covers the history of Kenya's largest game park, Tsavo, from its establishment in 1948. Her husband David Sheldrick was the first Game Warden of Tsavo East, which had a turbulent history due to the over-population of elephants and the divided opinion on how to handle this. Daphne Sheldrick gives details about the young wild animals she cared for while living there. This book was published in the US with the title 'Animal Kingdom: The Story Of Tsavo, The Great African Game Park'.
The Orphans Of Tsavo by Daphne Sheldrick (1968) is an account of how the author raised and reintegrated orphaned elephants into the wild.
Unsung Heroes by Daphne Sheldrick (2019) is a collection of previously untold stories about orphaned elephants in the care of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and their rescuers. The book was produced by Angela Sheldrick, Daphne Sheldrick's daughter, with an introduction by Daphne Sheldrick.
An African Love Story: Love Life And Elephants by Daphne Sheldrick (2012) is the memoir of the author's life. It tells two stories - one is the love story which blossomed between Daphne and the Tsavo Game Park and its warden, David Sheldrick. The second story is how Daphne and David devoted their lives to saving elephant orphans. They first lost every infant under the age of two until Daphne devised the milk formula which would keep them alive. The book was published in the US with the title the other way round.
An Elephant Called Eleanor by Daphne Sheldrick (1980) is the story of Eleanor who was rescued by Bill Woodley who was on safari at the time with the Governer of Kenya and his wife, Sir Patrick and Lady Eleanor Renison. She was named after Lady Eleanor and was transfered to Daphne Sheldrick's orphanage where her condition deteriorated. David Sheldrick persuaded Mervyn Cowie, to allow her to be released and join the other elephant orphans in Tsavo East. When the other orphans joined the wild herds, Eleanor remained to look after those left behind, becoming the matriarch of the Tsavo orphan herd.
African Elephants: A Celebration Of Majesty by Daryl & Sharna Balfour (1998) with contributions from Iain Douglas-Hamilton, John Hanks & Daphne Sheldrick. The book is the result of a four-year quest across the African continent to record and portray elephants in unspoiled places. It features pictures taken by the Balfours and text by the contributing authors.
Page Updated: Mar 2021