Leading elephant conservationist Daphne Sheldrick dies at 83

FILE - In this June 5, 2013 file photo, Daphne Sheldrick, left, founder of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage, speaks to U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, right, at an event to mark World Environment Day in Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenya-based wildlife organization said Friday, April 13, 2018 that the prominent conservationist Daphne Sheldrick died the night before at age 83 after a long battle with breast cancer. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

NAIROBI, Kenya - A Kenya-based wildlife organization says prominent conservationist Daphne Sheldrick has died at age 83.

A statement by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust says she died Thursday evening after a long battle with breast cancer.

Sheldrick received global attention for her work raising more than 200 orphaned baby elephants. The statement says that "more than 100 orphaned elephants are now living a wild life, with 29 known wild born babies."

The trust says Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 appointed Sheldrick Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

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