Dame Daphne Sheldrick, aged 83

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

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.

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