Lammie’s Story

A sense of belonging and companionship is known to greatly enhance the wellbeing of any living creature. Lammie, our resident Pedi sheep at HERD, has been a hero in providing this love and support to our baby elephant orphans, taking her role of devoted surrogate mother very seriously.

Lammie first became part of the family at HESC in 2014, where she was an “animal mom” to numerous orphaned rhinos and a few elephants too. Pedi sheep make excellent surrogate mothers, as they accept any animal as their own.

The Thaba-Manzi Pedi breed of sheep are known for their exceptional mothering skills, and are often very protective of their young, having no fear against predators. They are very resilient animals and very rarely get sick. As you can see by Lammie’s body shape, they have a signature fat tail, where they store most of their fat. We love how Lammie has a cute bend and curve in hers!

This unique sheep quickly became a worldwide phenomenon as people fell in love with the incredible bond between her and her first adopted child, Gertjie, an orphaned rhino at HESC, staying by the little animal’s side continuously. While she began her role of motherhood as a resident companion to baby rhinos at the centre, she was soon introduced to her first young orphaned elephant – little Shawu. At first, she did not know what to make of the tiny animal and its curiously long nose, but proving her undeniable, natural motherly instincts, she quickly adopted Shawu as one of her own.

Lammie was an essential friend to Mopane at HESC and during the orphaned calf’s short time with us at HERD, from the moment the elephant arrived, providing an unconditional motherly touch and support for an animal in need.

Lammie continues to step up to her duties as surrogate mother to the elephant orphans at HERD. That she and the orphans are a different species makes no difference to them. Her endearing nature has been a great source of comfort for little Khanyisa since the orphan arrived at the orphanage, teaching us daily about true compassion.

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By becoming a foster parent, you’re contributing to the care of your adopted sheep. You’re helping us to provide your adopted sheep with everything they need to be healthy and happy. This includes daily food like fresh bana grass and lucerne, as well as cleaning and maintenance of the orphanage. If your adopted sheep needs any medical support, your contribution will go towards providing them with medicine and veterinary care.


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 a sheep yourself, or you can gift an adoption to a loved one.


All foster parents receive:

  • ● A personalised printable certificate
  • ● Access to a private Facebook group for foster parents
  • ● Quarterly updates on your adopted sheep
  • ● 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 sheep each quarter. For more details on benefits, please contact

Your adoption is the equivalent of:

Marula Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
Food for one day of each month Food for three to four days of each month, or Food for one week of each month, or Food for two weeks of each month, or Food for most days of each month, or
One medication each year Multiple medications each year, or One medication each month, or Multiple medications each month, or
One high-cost medication each year Multiple high-cost medications each year, or One high-cost medication each month, or
One veterinary visit each year Multiple veterinary visits each year

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