HERD Elephant Orphanage

EVERY ELEPHANT NEEDS A HERD

South Africa’s First
Dedicated Elephant Orphanage

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HERD (Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation & Development) strives to care for and rehabilitate orphaned elephants, to give them a new family, and a second chance of life with the Jabulani herd.

LOCATION

The orphanage is located on the grounds of Jabulani in Kapama Game Reserve, purposely built near to the close-knit Jabulani herd, for us to easily assess and integrate each baby elephant according to their individual emotional needs.

The Orphanage consists of three individual nurseries with five communal areas that adjoin them; a kitchenette, a storeroom, a bathroom as well as indoor and outdoor playgrounds for the baby elephants.

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THE JABULANI HERD

The journey of the Jabulani herd has transformed organically and beautifully over the years, since the rehabilitation of young Jabulani and the greater herd of rescued elephants from Zimbabwe.

It has evolved, through hard work, dedication and a cohesive vision, into one of South Africa’s greatest conservation success stories; a story that continues to evolve with the successful integration of orphaned elephants into this unique and accepting herd.

South Africa’s need for an Elephant Orphanage.

HESC (the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre), has through the years provided a safe and loving home for elephant orphans as well as other animal species that have needed rehabilitation or veterinary attention.

Their team of animal curators worked closely with our experienced elephant carers to hand-rear and nursed the baby elephants until such time they were ready to be introduced to the Jabulani Herd.

The decision was made to relocate the orphans to a new custom-built orphanage located next to the stables of the Jabulani herd, as HESC is situated an hour’s drive away.

DONATE a HEART to our 1000 HEARTS CAMPAIGN

Join one of a 1000 HEARTS to help us RAISE FUNDS to cover the costs of building South Africa’s first ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE

  • OUR GOAL: To raise R1 Million (USD68 000) to cover the costs of the first phase South Africa’s first Elephant Orphanage.
  • HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE THIS: We are asking for 1000 people/families/companies to donate just R1000/USD80 or more, which is equivalent to ONE HEART, to help us reach our target of R1 million (1000 Heart Donations.)
  • 1000 X R1000 = R1 000 000
  • IN RETURN: Your name will be placed next to one of a 1000 Hearts placed on a dedicated “1000 Hearts for Elephants Forever Wall of Gratitude” at the Elephant Orphanage, plus become part of the 1000 Hearts Members club, recieving exclusive updates and information.

We will track our progress with our “1000 Hearts Ele-Tracker” as we start the race to fill in a 1000 Hearts with the colours of the South African Flag. To date have sold 222 Hearts. 

THANK YOU!

What it takes to Care for Elephants

When a rescued orphan comes into the orphanage, it is traumatised and in many cases dehydrated, sunburnt and possibly injured. Because of their high intelligence and complexity, they are very different to your usual wild animal. Their needs are diverse and nuanced and require a special kind of management, one with heart and soul and respect as well as milk and medicine.

Elephant Carers

HERD has a sizable team of dedicated elephant carers, who assist in 24-hour-shifts to ensure that the little ones are never left alone or without a carer. The carers are the sole nurturers until the new orphans are strong enough to join the other elephant orphans and then the Jabulani herd.

Consistency of this core team is crucial, as the second loss of a ‘herd’ member can be extremely traumatic and can bring on a sudden change in the orphans’ health. Our carers play a significant role in the nurturing of the orphans with sustenance, healthcare, love, guidance, and hugs too.

Milk

A baby elephant’s milk formulation is exceptionally delicate and needs frequent adjustment, with extra nutritional supplements as they grow, as their mother’s milk would change naturally through the weaning stages and evolving needs. The gut of a baby elephant is extremely sensitive.

When an orphan has diarrhea, it has a ripple effect. It starts by impacting their gut lining, which in turn changes their energy levels, impacting on their emotional well being. They can move from hero to zero in a short period. Daily records of their feeding and bathroom habits are essential so to monitor whether they are excreting or urinating more than what they take in. Like human babies, they are very delicate and can quickly dehydrate.

Stimulation

A stable sleep pattern and a good routine for baby elephants is essential for their well being, along with the stimulation using toys, rubbing posts, frequent mud baths and good exercise.

Our carers make use of the natural environment to enhance and strengthen their natural instincts such as sand-dusting and gaining the strength of their trunks.

Family

Elephants’ complex social system and the value they get from being part of a family structure plays a major role in their well being.

The discipline and peer structure created by the herd not only benefits the orphan introduced to its new herd, but also the well being of the herd by allowing them to ‘show’ and to fulfill their maternal instincts by adopting the new orphans.

Funding

Monetary funding is crucial for the daily operations of the orphanage during their critical formative years, as well as the potential long term financial impact of caring for a fully grown elephant if reintegration into the wild is not feasible.

These potential reintegration projects would include the need for new land which will add additional costs to the HERD project.

Planning

Consistent management planning is essential to the success of an elephant conservation project such as HERD. Our Objectives, our principles; international, national and provincial legislation as well as animal welfare and protection acts,

have to be continuously reviewed in order to adapt and include any changes that arise. A solid management plan includes the long term responsibility of elephant care, including research of the species, ethics and the possible reintegration into the wild.

Teamwork

In addition to the people on the ground, you need people who don’t deal with the day-to-day caring of the elephants to form part of your team.

These are the people who strengthen your operation, who form part of your back-of-house. These are the individuals managing financials, media and communications and fundraising and who should be part of the management plan.

Ethics

Ethical business operations are imperative to the success of the HERD. The way we treat our people and the elephants must always enhance their mental and physical well being.

We educate and train our staff daily, knowing that their knowledge and learned passion for wildlife and elephant would be passed on through further generations. The HERD has immense value in the contribution of a resilient socio-ecological system where man and animal can share common resources and live harmoniously together, ensuring sustainable development of our wildlife, environment and communities.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER, ADINE ROODE

“In my time spent working with Jabulani and HESC, elephants and the conservation of their species has become my life, my passion, my purpose.

Rhinos are another great love of mine and their fight requires just as much dedication. With the elephants, I have been fortunate to become a part of their herd in many ways, just as the carers who spend night and day with them are. I have felt the sense of belonging with the embrace of their trunks, the vigour in the babies with each head butt during feedings and the very real power of a fully grown elephant while sharing the ground with them, almost cheek to cheek.

Conservation and ethics are at the core of our approach, a combination of heart and soul and mind. I have learned so much from the past years of our work in elephant conservation, rehabilitating and re-wilding and am driven and excited to create this on an even bigger, definitely more dedicated, scale with the establishment of Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development (HERD).

I am so grateful for each and every person that is walking this path with us and I invite you to be part of the journey with us and to follow our story as it unfolds. This is just the beginning. This is South Africa’s first dedicated elephant orphanage.”

Every Elephant Needs a Herd

South Africa's First Dedicated Elephant Orphanage.

https://herd.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Heart-button.png

HERD (Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development)

strives to care for and rehabilitate orphaned elephants, to give them a new family, and a second chance of life with the Jabulani herd.

LOCATION

The orphanage is located on the grounds of Jabulani in Kapama Game Reserve, purposely built near to the close-knit Jabulani herd, for us to easily assess and integrate each baby elephant according to their individual emotional needs.

The Orphanage consists of three individual nurseries with five communal areas that adjoin them; a kitchenette, a storeroom, a bathroom as well as indoor and outdoor playgrounds for the baby elephants.

HERD-elephant-orphanage-building

The orphanage is located on the grounds of Jabulani in Kapama Game Reserve, purposely built near to the close-knit Jabulani herd, for us to easily assess and integrate each baby elephant according to their individual emotional needs.

The Orphanage consists of three elephant bedrooms, with five communal areas that adjoin them; a kitchenette, a storeroom, a bathroom as well as indoor and outdoor playgrounds for the baby elephants.

The journey of the Jabulani herd has transformed organically and beautifully over the years, since the rehabilitation of young Jabulani and the greater herd of rescued elephants from Zimbabwe.

It has evolved, through hard work, dedication and a cohesive vision, into one of South Africa’s greatest conservation success stories; a story that continues to evolve with the successful integration of orphaned elephants into this unique and accepting herd.

South Africa's need for an Elephant Orphanage.

HESC (the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre), has through the years provided a safe and loving home for elephant orphans as well as other animal species that have needed rehabilitation or veterinary attention.

Their team of animal curators worked closely with our experienced elephant carers to hand-rear and nursed the baby elephants until such time they were ready to be introduced to the Jabulani Herd.

The decision was made to relocate the orphans to a new custom-built orphanage located next to the stables of the Jabulani herd, as HESC is situated an hour’s drive away.

Click Here To Donate A Heart

Join one of a 1000 HEARTS to help us RAISE FUNDS to cover the costs of building South Africa’s first ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE

  • OUR GOAL: To raise R1 Million (USD68 000) to cover the costs of the first phase South Africa’s first Elephant Orphanage.
  • HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE THIS: We are asking for 1000 people/families/companies to donate just R1000/USD80 or more, which is equivalent to ONE HEART, to help us reach our target of R1 million (1000 Heart Donations.)
  • 1000 X R1000 = R1 000 000
  • IN RETURN: Your name will be placed next to one of a 1000 Hearts placed on a dedicated “1000 Hearts for Elephants Forever Wall of Gratitude” at the Elephant Orphanage, plus become part of the 1000 Hearts Members club, recieving exclusive updates and information.

We will track our progress with our “1000 Hearts Ele-Tracker” as we start the race to fill in a 1000 Hearts with the colours of the South African Flag. To date have sold 85 Hearts. 

https://herd.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Heart-button.png

THANK YOU!

What it takes to Care for Elephants

When a rescued orphan comes into the orphanage, it is traumatised and in many cases dehydrated, sunburnt and possibly injured. Because of their high intelligence and complexity, they are very different to your usual wild animal. Their needs are diverse and nuanced and require a special kind of management, one with heart and soul and respect as well as milk and medicine.

Elephant Carers

HERD has a sizable team of dedicated elephant carers, who assist in 24-hour-shifts to ensure that the little ones are never left alone or without a carer. The carers are the sole nurturers until the new orphans are strong enough to join the other elephant orphans and then the Jabulani herd.

Consistency of this core team is crucial, as the second loss of a ‘herd’ member can be extremely traumatic and can bring on a sudden change in the orphans’ health. Our carers play a significant role in the nurturing of the orphans with sustenance, healthcare, love, guidance, and hugs too.

Milk

A baby elephant’s milk formulation is exceptionally delicate and needs frequent adjustment, with extra nutritional supplements as they grow, as their mother’s milk would change naturally through the weaning stages and evolving needs. The gut of a baby elephant is extremely sensitive.

When an orphan has diarrhea, it has a ripple effect. It starts by impacting their gut lining, which in turn changes their energy levels, impacting on their emotional well being. They can move from hero to zero in a short period. Daily records of their feeding and bathroom habits are essential so to monitor whether they are excreting or urinating more than what they take in. Like human babies, they are very delicate and can quickly dehydrate.

Stimulation

A stable sleep pattern and a good routine for baby elephants is essential for their well being, along with the stimulation using toys, rubbing posts, frequent mud baths and good exercise. Our carers make use of the natural environment to enhance and strengthen their natural instincts such as sand-dusting and gaining the strength of their trunks.

Family

Elephants’ complex social system and the value they get from being part of a family structure plays a major role in their well being. The discipline and peer structure created by the herd not only benefits the orphan introduced to its new herd, but also the well being of the herd by allowing them to ‘show’ and to fulfill their maternal instincts by adopting the new orphans.

Funding

Monetary funding is crucial for the daily operations of the orphanage during their critical formative years, as well as the potential long term financial impact of caring for a fully grown elephant if reintegration into the wild is not feasible. These potential reintegration projects would include the need for new land which will add additional costs to the HERD project.

Planning

Consistent management planning is essential to the success of an elephant conservation project such as HERD. Our Objectives, our principles; international, national and provincial legislation as well as animal welfare and protection acts, have to be continuously reviewed in order to adapt and include any changes that arise. A solid management plan includes the long term responsibility of elephant care, including research of the species, ethics and the possible reintegration into the wild.

Teamwork

In addition to the people on the ground, you need people who don’t deal with the day-to-day caring of the elephants to form part of your team. These are the people who strengthen your operation, who form part of your back-of-house. These are the individuals managing financials, media and communications and fundraising and who should be part of the management plan.

Ethics

Ethical business operations are imperative to the success of the HERD. The way we treat our people and the elephants must always enhance their mental and physical well being. We educate and train our staff daily, knowing that their knowledge and learned passion for wildlife and elephant would be passed on through further generations. The HERD has immense value in the contribution of a resilient socio-ecological system where man and animal can share common resources and live harmoniously together, ensuring sustainable development of our wildlife, environment and communities.

A Message From Adine Roode

“In my time spent working with Jabulani and HESC, elephants and the conservation of their species has become my life, my passion, my purpose.

Rhinos are another great love of mine and their fight requires just as much dedication. With the elephants, I have been fortunate to become a part of their herd in many ways, just as the carers who spend night and day with them are. I have felt the sense of belonging with the embrace of their trunks, the vigour in the babies with each head butt during feedings and the very real power of a fully grown elephant while sharing the ground with them, almost cheek to cheek.

Conservation and ethics are at the core of our approach, a combination of heart and soul and mind. I have learned so much from the past years of our work in elephant conservation, rehabilitating and re-wilding and am driven and excited to create this on an even bigger, definitely more dedicated, scale with the establishment of Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development (HERD).

I am so grateful for each and every person that is walking this path with us and I invite you to be part of the journey with us and to follow our story as it unfolds. This is just the beginning. This is South Africa’s first dedicated elephant orphanage.”