The HERD Blog

September 1, 2020
The Anatomy of an Elephant - Elephant Skin!

Jabulani's Skinny Folds African elephants have been wondering around in their wrinkled and ill-fitting full-body suits for about 5 million years, but it wasn't until 2018 that an in-depth study of their skin revealed the mystery behind their less-than-sleek appearance. An African elephant's skin is its largest organ and can weigh up to 900 kilograms, […]

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September 1, 2020
Meet the Artist Behind our Art For Elephants Fundraiser, James Delaney

Into the wilds.... James Delaney is the respected South African artist who created the incredible limited edition artwork, "Jabulani and Friends," for our special fundraiser, Art For Elephants - to help raise vital funds for Jabulani and HERD to support the 16 remarkable African elephants in our care, during COVID-19, after global restrictions cut funding […]

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July 22, 2020
What it Takes to Care for Baby Elephants: #6 Funding

We are so grateful to the kind hearts that donate toward the vital work of HERD, South Africa’s first dedicated elephant orphanage, helping us to save, rehabilitate and rewild orphaned elephants. From day one, many of you reading this have stepped in to assist - to be useful, honourable and compassionate and to make a difference. You […]

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July 16, 2020
A True Survivor, Kumbura ~ An Orphan Successfully Integrated into the Jabulani Herd

Meet kind Kumbura, another orphan that has been lovingly accepted into the Jabulani herd - 11 years ago! Kumbura's incredible story of how she came to be at Jabulani reveals so much about this special elephant, about conservation and about the need for a herd. It is a tale of going above and beyond, not […]

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July 9, 2020
Khanyisa’s Momentous 6 Month Journey at HERD

Orphaned Albino Elephant Calf Khanyisa's successful six-month journey of rehabilitation at HERD. It has been an incredible six months of rehabilitation and phased integration into the Jabulani herd for little albino elephant calf, Khanyisa at HERD (Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development), South Africa's first dedicated elephant orphanage.  Watch the Journey So Far Here Khanyisa was […]

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July 5, 2020
What it Takes to Care for Baby Elephants: #5 Teamwork

We've introduced you to the elephant carers at HERD who have the very important role of looking after the orphans and their rehabilitation and integration into the Jabulani herd. A full and demanding job! But there is a greater team at work and that is essential to the goal of raising baby elephants orphans. The […]

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July 2, 2020
The Beauties of Bana Grass - aka "Elephant Grass"

You may have seen us carting bana grass around, to and from the nursery and stables, or watched the Jabulani herd and Khanyisa contentedly chewing and eating the long fresh grass, but we wanted to let you know more about it! Its source and purpose... The Jabulani bana grass plantation is a sustainable, fortunate and convenient […]

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June 26, 2020
What it Takes to Care for Baby Elephants: #4 Milk

One of the greatest challenges and essentials in caring for baby elephant orphans is making and providing the correct milk formula to ensure that fast-growing calves receive the correct nutrition. To keep the orphans healing well, growing strong and roaming energetically, we need to provide them with the energy to do so. When they first arrive at HERD, […]

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June 25, 2020
Bubi injures Timisa

Timisa, the youngest of the Jabulani herd, and an orphaned elephant accepted into the herd, experienced Bubi's protective and often possessive behaviour over Khanyisa, firsthand. Recently, while in the wild of the reserve, Bubi got upset with Timisa while she was playing (too much for Bubi's liking) with Khanyisa, and unfortunately hurt Timisa with her […]

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June 21, 2020
The Fatherly Figures in Khanyisa's Elephant Family

Happy Father's Day! What better opportunity than to highlight the male elephants that currently play a role in Khanyisa's new life with her new herd, the Jabulani Herd. Each morning Khanyisa joins the Jabulani herd as they depart at sunrise to forage out on the reserve, as part of her gradual integration process into the […]

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