Fishan’s Story

Fishan, meaning ‘Something smaller’, was born in approximately 1989 and was rescued from Zimbabwe with the rest of the original herd in 2002. In 2018, he fractured his front left leg by stepping into a deep hole. It has been an incredible journey of rehabilitation and recovery which took a lot of hard work, time and team effort, but Fishan persevered and survived the odds. He got stronger and stronger by the day and is now back with his herd, walking through and foraging in the bush during the day, although now with a slight limp, and loving his time swimming, more than ever.

Fishan is a sensitive soul that stresses easily, although his seemingly carefree demeanor often fools one. He is a very smart elephant who doesn’t forget easily, is very independent and is usually the elephant that will take an alternative route, just to be different.

He is a protective figure and helps the matriarch, Tokwe, look after the calves. Fishan is tall, but slender with short tusks.

Fishan – Once-off / Yearly

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We offer different foster membership levels and foster payments can be made on a monthly or yearly basis.


You can foster an elephant yourself, or you can gift a foster membership to a loved one.


All foster parents receive:


  • ● A personalised printable certificate
  • ● An anatomy checklist for your fostered elephant
  • ● Access to a private Facebook group for your fostered elephant
  • ● Quarterly updates on your fostered elephant
  • ● A digital birthday card

The higher your foster membership level, the more special benefits you will receive. For example, Gold and Platinum foster parents receive unseen photos of their fostered elephant each quarter. For more details on benefits, please contact  

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