Roger & Rorogoi

Gem Culture, Gem Journal, Travel

A highlight of our visits to East Africa is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) located in Voi, Kenya inside Tsavo East National Park. The DSWT is one of the most successful and pioneering elephant orphanages and animal rehabilitation centers in the world! Drought, desertion, poaching, and deforestation bring orphaned elephants into their shelter. We believe holistic sourcing includes caring for and supporting every part of the local culture, including its animal citizens. We love the work of the DSWT and are proud to partner with them.

Roger and Ginger with Rorogoi


This year we adopted Rorogoi because Rorogoi and Roger share a name! Roger has always been called “Uncle Roro” by his many nieces and nephews. When we read Rorogoi’s story, we knew she was the elephant for us! She was orphaned in 2012 at 14 months old and had been on her own for over a month in the wild before she was rescued by the DSWT.

We found Rorogoi to have a sweet, but cautious temperament…more focused on eating than anything else! 🙂

The pin shows the location of Rorogoi’s rescue in the coastal area of southern Kenya.


Explore the elephants of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust HERE.