Zindoga’s Story

Zindoga is an assertive and well-respected young member of the herd. Born in October 2007, Zindoga was an unexpected addition to the herd. Bubi, his mother, gave no sign of being pregnant, nor any signs of approaching labour. And yet, overnight, she gave birth to a young elephant calf in the homestead.

Zindoga is a handsome young elephant, with thick short tusks and a medium-sized body. He has quite a competitive streak, and can often be seen wrestling with Mambo, or even the older elephants such as Jabulani – however, he remains respectful at all times and does not overstep his boundaries. This is also his way of enhancing his skills as a young male wanting to show more dominance in the herd. Already he has gained respect from the elephants due to his consistent yet respectful dominance of the youngsters and some of the adult females.

Zindoga spends most of his time with Mambo and Somopane.

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Bubi: mother

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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:


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  • ● 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 fosterings@herd.org.za.  

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