The HERD Blog

June 18, 2020
What it Takes to Care for Baby Elephants: #3 Carers

The Heart and Soul of HERD One of the great essentials in caring for baby elephant orphans at HERD is our Carers! It takes a special person to look after elephant orphans around-the-clock and we are grateful to have a strong team of such people, at HERD and Jabulani. Our loving and passionate carers are […]

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June 12, 2020
What it Takes to Care for Baby Elephants: #2 Family

Family means never leaving anyone behind... Everything about elephant herd dynamics revolves around the cohesion and strength and survival of the herd. Every elephant needs a herd and while caring for them, this is not only constantly front of mind for us, it's our very purpose at HERD. Whether it's the family we're born into, […]

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June 9, 2020

It is hard to believe that nearly ten months have already passed since HERD was built. In a way, it has felt like we have always been here! Over this time we have been incredibly blessed with many kind and helpful individuals, companies and friends in conservation. All of which have helped us get to […]

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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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