Mambo’s Story

Mambo is an energetic and mischievous young elephant bull.  Mambo, meaning ‘King’ or ‘Chief’ in the Shona language, was in August 2009, the fourth baby born to the herd, to mother, Lundi.

He is growing into a sturdy bull, with a rounded forehead and tusks that point outwards. He has a tear in his right ear, which resembles the torn ear that his mother, Lundi is well recognised for.

Mambo is an exciting mix of mayhem, enthusiasm and sweetness. One minute he’s abandoning Khanyisa in her moment of need and the next, he’s happily foraging beside her, just him and his little sister. One minute he’s happily splashing with his herd in the dam or sparring with the other elephants, and the next he’s run off and made us call in the helicopters to find him. He has certainly created a lot of trouble over the years, from chasing Bubi to bashing down the poles in the homestead as he challenged Tokwe. But in between the excitement (read: trouble), Mambo manages to calm down and let his herd and carers worry a little less. He has good role models helping to keep him in line, such as mother Lundi, female Setombe, and bulls Somopane and Sebakwe. Although he’s not afraid to try and challenge them from time to time.

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