~Dr. Daphne Jenkins Sheldrick~
Since the government has been holding auctions for stockpiles of confiscated ivory (at over $1,000/tusk), there has been a sharp increase in poaching of elephants for their tusks, resulting in an alarming rise of orphaned infants among the elephant population. Fortunately, there is a wonderful and loving woman, Dame Daphne Sheldrick, and her gentle staff of keepers who have stepped up to the challenge of caring for these babies. Recently Knighted by the Queen, Dame Daphne has devoted her life to these wonderful animals, and has managed to assemble a staff of like-minded people to make sure the innocents have a chance at life. Taken from a report on 60 Minutes. Much thanks to my friend Tillie for alerting me to this story.
In the 2006 New Year's Honours List, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Dr. Sheldrick a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, the first knighthood to be awarded in Kenya since the country received Independence in 1963.