Simon Trevor’s ’Bloody Ivory’ (1978)

Documentaire intéressant sur le braconnage.

Tusker dans la plaine d'Amboseli



At the age of 28 in 1948, David Sheldrick became the founder Warden of Tsavo, Kenya’s largest National Park. He had to deal with the problem of armed poachers, which he was forced to combat by utilizing staff from the Game Department and National Parks.[1] He studied every facet of the elephants’ lifestyle on the preserve, collecting data on their food sources, and, along with his wife, Daphne, rescuing and hand-rearing vulnerable elephants, rhinos and antelopes.[1]

Sheldrick helped to develop the Tsavo’s infrastructure. There were no roads or buildings when he first arrived. He paved 1,087 kilometres of tourist all-weather roads, 853 miles of administrative roads and 287 kilometres of anti-poaching tracks. He also oversaw the construction of a concrete causeway across the Galana River.

After Sheldrick’s untimely death from a heart attack in 1977, aged 57, his widow, Dr. Daphne Sheldrick (late Dame Daphne Sheldrick), established the DSWT in his memory. Among other activities the trust runs the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, next to Nairobi National Park.