Kristin Davis has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help save orphaned elephants and protect wildlife in Kenya.
The Sex and the City star is a patron for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which runs an elephant orphanage and also works on a huge range of other conservation efforts.
This week she and two anonymous donors gave a total of $370,000 to match donations made to the organization on #GivingTuesday — the global day of giving back which follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Another $370,000 was raised through donations from members of the public, which when matched meant the organization raised a total of $740,000 to aid its conservation efforts.
WE DID IT! From our entire family, two footed & four, & our matching donors, we would like to say an enormous and heartfelt thank you to every person that was able to give today, Together, we raised an #incredible $740,000 for #wildlife pic.twitter.com/3TDLAt2727
— Sheldrick Wildlife (@SheldrickTrust) November 28, 2017
Kristin yesterday posted a message on her Instagram thanking all those who donated. She said: “I cannot thank everyone who donated to @dswt enough! Though we may seem like a big org., we are really very small . No advertising , no marketing, very small over head. But what we do on the ground is HUGE!
“Your donations make it possible to Raise orphaned 🐘 + release them back into the wild, Patrol Kenya’s National parks to keep ALL of the animals safe, multiple vet units avail for any wounded animal. The list goes on…. None of it possible without YOU! So Thank you ALL 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 .”
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I cannot thank everyone who donated to @dswt enough! Though we may seem like a big org., we are really very small . No advertising , no marketing, very small over head. But what we do on the ground is HUGE! Your donations make it possible to Raise orphaned 🐘 + release them back into the wild, Patrol Kenya’s National parks to keep ALL of the animals safe, multiple vet units avail for any wounded animal. The list goes on…. None of it possible without YOU! So Thank you ALL 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 More pics in my Story 👍🏼#givingtuesday #elephant #dswt #dswtat40 #grateful
The DSWT had previously thanked Kristin and the two anonymous donations after they raised the matched giving pot to $370,000 from an initial $250,000.
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It’s not over yet! We just hit our #GivingTuesday goal of $250,000 but thanks to our patron @iamkristindavis and two anonymous donors, a further $120,000 has been added to the matched giving pot. If you haven't already, make your donation – any amount makes a big difference – by clicking the link in our bio or visiting: www.thedswt.org/giving-tuesday (and to everyone who has donated so far, THANK YOU!) • About #GivingTuesday: Today is a special opportunity to make a double-the-difference donation for elephants. Any donations we receive today, up to our final matched giving total of $370,000 will be matched by a few generous partners — meaning that today we have the opportunity to raise a staggering $740,000 towards our lifesaving conservation work! • • • Photo © The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #givingtuesday #doubleimpact #doublethedifference #givingback #elephants #wildlife #kenya #whyilovekenya #saveelephants #protect #saynotoivory #standtogether #animals #babyelephant #dswt40 #dswt
As well as rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned baby elephants before releasing them back into the wild, the DSWT also works to conserve all wildlife as well as wilderness areas in Kenya — home to famous national parks like Tsavo and the Maasai Mara.
Wildlife numbers across Africa have dropped dramatically in recent decades through a combination of things like poaching and human-wildlife conflict.
In addition to its #GivingTuesday fundraising efforts, the DSWT runs a scheme year-round where members of the public can “foster” orphaned elephants, and also accepts regular donations to help pay for its conservation efforts which include running anti-poaching teams, mobile veterinary units to help injured animals, and community outreach — to work with local communities to help people and wildlife to co-exist in harmony.