From Khanyisa’s initial integration into the herd, as an orphan calf meeting her new family, Klaserie has shown constant curiosity for the little albino elephant, and a real joyful energy that combines perfectly with grace, patience and protectiveness.
Klaserie is named after a river in South Africa, that flows past our reserve, the Kapama Private Game Reserve. She was born on 23 February 2007 to Setombe – it is not known who the father is, whether it is a bull in the Jabulani herd or in a wild herd.
Klaserie was the second calf to be born to the Jabulani Herd, just six months after Limpopo was born to Tokwe. Much like her mother, Setombe, Klaserie has a larger framed body, more pronounced wrinkles and slightly pointed forehead. Although she has smaller-sized tusks to that of her mothers, they are still symmetrically aligned.
Klaserie is a very relaxed and easy-going young female elephant, always taking things in her stride, which makes her a real pleasure as an allomother, offering consistent support and a sweetness to the bond. She and her mother, Setombe are very close, and often found side by side. No doubt, the love, care and sense of security that Klaserie received growing up, from her mother, and from being in a protected herd and reserve, imbued her with much more confidence than her mother exhibits.
Like a mother, like a daughter, food plays a very important role in their days. Both of them can never get enough and never know when to stop.
In the video below, you’ll see what makes Klaserie such a phenomenal allomother to young elephants in the herd, such as Khanyisa and Timisa. Watch some beautiful moments captured with Klaserie and her mother, and with little Khanyisa over the months of her integration into the herd!
Please consider fostering Klaserie to help us to support and protect her and her family.