Was found in Kenya’s Ma­sai Mara at­tempt­ing to suckle from her dead mother while a pack of hyena cir­cled them both. Her mother had been bru­tally brought down by poach­ers and her tusks cut out be­fore she was dead. How­ever, a young ele­phant’s need for love a

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Both young an­i­mals are re­cu­per­at­ing at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, a haven for or­phaned ele­phant and rhino set up in 1977 by Daphne Sheldrick in hon­our of her late nat­u­ral­ist hus­band. How­ever, the muchloved in­sti­tu­tion risks be­ing over­whelmed by the ti­dal wave of poach­ing sweep­ing across Africa’s wildlife. “I’m ter­ri­fied by what’s hap­pen­ing out there,” says Sheldrick. “I’ve been do­ing this for over 35 years, but the num­ber of or­phaned an­i­mals com­ing to us has grown ex­po­nen­tially in the last five years and we’re find­ing it dif­fi­cult to cope.”

A lit­tle more than a decade ago it ap­peared the ivory trade had been brought un­der con­trol. The trade, which has ex­isted for cen­turies, had grown to such an ex­tent by the 1970s that ele­phant faced the risk of

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