Meet The Team

Our “Human Herd” play an important role in each orphaned elephant’s wellbeing. Our highly dedicated, passionate and experienced team gives each baby elephant the best round-the- clock care to. They are well-equipped emotionally and physically to react to any situation that may arise at any time of day or night, including response teams who are on standby 24/7 year round to react to any rescue operations.

Meet Our Orphanage Operations Team

The management of the orphanage environment and surroundings is part of the task of caring for the elephant calves. The HERD operations team has been involved in the planning and construction of the orphanage and will continue to oversee the maintenance of the buildings and general operations, to ensure that they are of the highest standards.

Adine Roode

Founder Of HERD

Juan Ferreira

Senior Curator

Schalk Human

Operations Manager

Meet our Elephant Orphan Care team:

Tigere Matipedza

Jabulani Elephant Manager

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Tigere is well respected as one of two elephant managers at Jabulani. He has been working with elephants since 1996 and has been key in the success of the Jabulani Herds well- being. Tigere oversees and manages the important integration process of the orphaned elephants to the Jabulani Herd and works closely with our HERD team to ensure a successful introduction and integration.

Owen Dube

Jabulani Elephant Manager

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Owen joined Tigere as one of only two elephant managers at Jabulani in October 2019, though he has been working with the Jabulani herd since 2005. He is exceptionally proud of
his work and extremely dedicated to elephant conservation. Together with Tigere, they share the responsibility of ensuring the orphans at HERD receive the best possible care.

Joshua Dube

Elephant Carer

Stavros Chakoma

Elephant Carer

Herman Khoza

Elephant Carer

Samson Hwato

Elephant Carer

Godknows Chivero

Elephant Carer

Liverson Sande

Elephant Carer

Simbarashe Urure

Elephant Carer

Israel Shambira

Elephant Carer

Our three-full time trainee carers working under the supervision of our senior elephant carers on a daily basis at HERD:

Reply Mahlakwa

Trainee Carer

Khensani Ngobeni

Trainee Carer

Listen Mathebula

Trainee Carer

Meet Our Trusted Elephant Conservation Advisors

Prof. Rob Slotow

University of KwaZulu Natal

Prof. André Ganswindt

University of Pretoria

Dr. Peter Rogers

ProVet Wildlife Service

Brett Mitchell

Elephant Reintegration Trust

Dr. Johan Marais

Saving the Survivors

Prof. Eddie Webb

University of Pretoria

Dr. Yolanda Pretorius

Elephant Reintegration Trust & Elephant Specialist Advisory Group