The HERD Blog

June 3, 2020
What it Takes to Care for Baby Elephants: #1 Stimulation

Both man and elephant need stimulation to grow and to thrive, and little Khanyisa as a growing calf, certainly needs it in trunk-loads.

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May 22, 2020
Tiny Tusker Timisa ~ An Orphan Successfully Integrated into the Jabulani Herd

Timisa is a true little heroine in the Jabulani herd She is a success story for elephant conservation. Having been orphaned at a young age, she was successfully taken in by her new family, the Jabulani herd, with whom she lives, plays, forages and swims today at Jabulani... After Timisa's mother died as a result […]

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May 17, 2020
Meet the Human HERD - This is Junior Elephant Carer, Khensani

Our family at HERD includes not only elephants (and sheep... Hi Lammie!), but also very important humans. Meet our Junior Nursery Carer, Khensani here.

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May 15, 2020
Khanyisa receives blood from Zindoga, a young male bull of the Jabulani Herd.

When orphan albino Khanyisa's condition turned two days ago, we sent a blood sample for testing at the same time as her dung sample. Fortunately, blood sample testing has a quicker turnaround time than the dung sampling, which we are still waiting for results from. The blood test results showed lower albumin levels in her […]

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May 4, 2020
Khanyisa's Big Feet

Learn all about the wonderful and curious world of elephant feet, including little Khanyisa's growing four feet too.

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April 29, 2020
Adult Albino Elephants - What to Expect for Khanyisa as She Grows Up

It is no hallucination, pink elephants exist, but mostly when they are young calves. As the first albino orphan that we have ever cared for, little Khanyisa is teaching us many things about her special kind. Albino elephants are extremely rare and are known to suffer many complications in the wild as a result of […]

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April 25, 2020
Meet the Human Herd ~ Elephant Advisor, Dr Yolanda Pretorius

They say it takes a village to raise a child and this is a sentiment that's just as applicable to raising a baby elephant. We have a team of several experienced and knowledgeable elephant advisors who we turn to often, to ensure we give Khanyisa and future orphans the best care possible. Just as every […]

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April 5, 2020
Jabulani - His story and why we introduced Khanyisa to him first.

Twenty-three years ago, in 1997, Jabulani's start to life mirrored that of little Khanyisa's, the albino elephant calf in our care at HERD. Perhaps that is why he has taken such a vested interest in her wellbeing over the past two months. Jabulani was rescued from a deep pool of mud, having undergone a lot […]

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March 28, 2020
Elephant Dung - a daily snack for Khanyisa!

Khanyisa eating elephant dung, the act of Coprophagia

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March 24, 2020
“It’s real, it’s inspiring and it’s an eye-opener.” ~ An Interview with Hermien Roelvert

Meet our crazy elephant camerawoman, as she calls herself! A true warrior in capturing the stories of our Jabulani herd and HERD orphans, Hermien Roelvert.

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