Jabulani’s Story

Born in 1997, Jabulani was rescued as a four-month-old little elephant, who was found stuck in the mud of a silt dam, abandoned by his herd. Against all odds, Jabulani survived his initial struggles and his health improved.

In 2002, he found a family of his own when he was accepted by Tokwe (the Matriarch of the elephant herd rescued from Zimbabwe). So began his life with his new herd. His name is a celebration of this second chance at life – meaning ‘Happiness’ or ‘Rejoice’ in the Zulu language.

Jabulani is a friendly, kind and loving elephant, intelligent and playful – he adores attention! He is always curious about his surroundings, always wanting to be part of the action.

Jabulani is growing in confidence as a bull and in leadership and status in the herd and is second in dominance amongst the bulls. He is a very proud elephant, tall and slender with tusks that are short and evenly spaced, pointing in a very slight outward direction.

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Born

1997

Gender

male

Origin

South Africa

Relations

Unknown

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We offer different adoption levels. You can choose to adopt by making a once-off donation or by making recurring monthly donations.

 

You can adopt an elephant yourself, or you can gift an adoption to a loved one.

 

All foster parents receive:

  • ● A personalised printable certificate
  • ● An anatomy guide for your adopted elephant
  • ● Access to a private Facebook group for foster parents
  • ● Quarterly updates on your adopted elephant
  • ● A digital birthday card

 

The higher your adoption level, the more special benefits you will receive. For example, Gold and Platinum foster parents receive unseen photos of their adopted elephant each quarter. For more details on benefits, please contact fosterings@herd.org.za.

 

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