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Garments for Good: World Elephant Day

In honor of World Elephant Day—created three years ago to raise awareness about protecting these amazing animals from ivory poaching and extinction—get to know some of the adorable baby elephants currently being cared for by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) in Kenya. The nonprofit organization has rescued and rehabilitated 190 orphaned calves so far, and we’re continuing to show our support with a second line of tees designed by Hugo Guinness. 
Fifty percent of the retail price will be donated to DSWT...and, of course, the baby elephants!


AGE: 1 1/2 years old 

FROM: the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya 

RESCUE STORY: This calf was found after her mother was killed by poachers when she was just 10 months old. Thankfully, the staff at the wildlife reserve where she lived called DSWT, and they quickly came and transported her to the safety of the nursery. 

WHAT SHE’S UP TO NOW: Roi loves hanging around with the older orphans, who happily provide her with the attention (and affection) she misses from her own herd.


AGE: 1 year old 

FROM: Samburu, Kenya 

RESCUE STORY: Lasayen was found at the bottom of a well that’s often visited by elephant herds during the drier months—and where calves are vulnerable to falling in. 

WHAT HE’S UP TO NOW: Lasayen’s best friend is Ndotto (meet him below). They love playing games and foraging together. 


AGE: 1 year old 

FROM: Ndoto Mountains in Kenya 

Tiny Ndotto was found by surprised Samburu tribesmen after the calf got separated from his mother and became mixed up in a flock of sheep. Though in a remote area, the tribe was determined to save Ndotto and sent one of its members on a long journey down the mountain to find him help. 

WHAT HE’S UP TO NOW: Ndotto, whose name means “to dream” in Swahili, is the smallest baby in the DSWT nursery’s care (with the longest eyelashes!) and loves being fed his milk bottle.


AGE: 3 years old 

FROM: Northern Kenya 

RESCUE STORY: Barsilinga was found when he was just two weeks old, after he and his mother were attacked by poachers. Unfortunately, his mother didn’t survive the attack, but Barsilinga was airlifted to the DSWT nursery and quickly grew stronger under his keeper’s care. 

WHAT HE’S UP TO NOW: Barsilinga loves playing in mud baths with the other baby elephants. 


AGE: Almost 2 years old 

FROM: Laikipia, Kenya 

RESCUE STORY: Kamok was found wandering alone as a newborn after being abandoned by her herd. Herds sometimes make this difficult decision (necessary to their survival in the wild) when a little one can’t keep up. 

WHAT SHE’S UP TO NOW: Since she’s still very young, Kamok adores the company of her keepers and follows them around everywhere. 

Baby elephants—they’re just like us! 

Elephants need sunscreen too! 

Their keepers make sure the youngest elephants and newborns (especially their new pink ears) are protected with sunscreen. Dust and mud act as natural sun barriers. 

Elephants love blankies too! 

Each orphan gets a blanket, often hand knitted by local children or foster parents from across the world, to give them warmth and a feeling of safety in the absence of their herd. Just like human children, they become very attached—it sometimes takes months to wean them off! 

Elephants love milk too! 

The “milk feeds” are a favorite time of day for these baby elephants (they greedily anticipate their three daily bottle feedings!). 

Fifty percent of the retail price of our J.Crew and crewcuts for David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust collections will be donated to DSWT. Shop them here

Shop the entire Garments for Good collection here

Learn more about our partnership with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust here. Watch CBS’s 60 Minutes segment on the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust here

Photographs courtesy of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
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