The Jabulani Herd

The herd behind HERD… 

The Jabulani herd is something special, a unique and close-knit family that originates with a little elephant orphan called Jabulani, who arrived at HESC (Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre) in 1997, and 12 elephants rescued from an elephant-back safari operation in Zimbabwe, where they were to be culled during the country’s land reformation process, in 2002.

The older elephants adopted Jabulani as one of their own, creating a new, growing family in their home in the Jabulani stables in Kapama. Together, the elephants spend their days happily roaming and foraging in the wilderness with their loyal human carers for protection from wild elephants. Many of the carers came across from Zimbabwe with the elephants, having worked with them at the safari operation. 

The herd has matured over the years and have shown themselves to be the best possible family for the new orphans from HERD. Two orphans have been successfully introduced and welcomed into the Jabulani herd thus far. Showing the herd’s wellbeing and positive adaptation to their home at Jabulani, they have given birth to five calves since 2006.

Every member of the Jabulani herd, both female and male, young and old, is an integral part of their unique family. Each elephant has their own distinctive character and bond with the rest of the group.

Discover more about the elephants that the HERD orphans will, hopefully, one day call family.

Tokwe

Jabulani

Sebakwe

Fishan

Lundi

Somopane

Bubi

Setombe

Limpopo

Klaserie

Mambo

Zindoga

Pisa

Orphaned Elephants Introduced Into The Jabulani Herd

Timisa

Kumbura

Ele-Angels, Forever In Our Hearts

Mopane

Shawu

shopping-carttwitterfacebookpinterest-squareyoutube-playmenu