Dame Daphne Sheldrick, aged 83
Prominent elephant conservationist Dame Daphne Sheldrick has died at the age of 83, a Kenya-based wildlife organisation has said.
A statement by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust said she died after a long battle with breast cancer.
It said: “It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our founder, Dame Daphne Sheldrick, after a long battle with breast cancer. Her legacy is immeasurable and lives on in the tiny steps of baby elephants for generations to come.”
Dame Daphne, pictured, received global attention for her work raising more than 200 orphaned baby elephants.
The statement said that “more than 100 orphaned elephants are now living a wild life, with 29 known wild-born babies”.
“Daphne positively impacted the lives of so many, and we know all are experiencing her passing in their own way,” it added.
The trust said the renowned conservationist was made a dame by the Queen in 2006.