Conservation matriarch Dame Daphne Sheldrick died on April 12, 2018, aged 83 of breast cancer.
She was born Daphne Majorie Jenkins in 1934 and educated at Nakuru Primary and later at Kenya High School in Nairobi. She was co-warden of Tsavo National Park with her late husband David Sheldrick from 1956 to 1976. During this time, she raised and rehabilitated many different wild species.
Daphne was the first person to perfect a milk formula for infant elephants and rhinos.
African Wildlife Foundation called her a trailblazer, mentor to many, and an enthusiastic wildlife conservationist, Daphne championed the protection of the elephant and other endangered species. Through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which she founded in 1977, she helped shape the world’s understanding of elephants and rhinos.