The Jabulani elephant herd are a unique and close-knit family that started with Jabulani, an orphaned elephant who was rescued in 1997, and a herd of elephants that were rescued from Zimbabwe in 2002 – whose fates crossed to form the Jabulani Herd as we know it today.

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Why the Herd is Unique

Over the years, the herd continued to accept wild elephant calves that needed a new family, who had lost theirs as a result of human-elephant conflict.

Together, the elephants spend their days happily roaming and foraging in the wilderness with their loyal carers, many of whom have travelled from Zimbabwe with the herd.

At night the elephants return to HERD Homestead which lies adjacent to HERD Orphanage, allowing for close contact with orphans that are still in need of humanitarian assistance during their rehabilitation.

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

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Elephant Orphans

HERD Orphanage was built in 2019, however, the legacy and building blocks of the orphanage reach back to 2002, when Jabulani, a rescued orphan, was accepted by a unique rescued herd from Zimbabwe.

In 2009, Kumbura was rescued from the borders of South Africa and Botswana and accepted openly by Tokwe, the matriarch, and the herd. In 2016, Timisa, who was rescued by Elephants Alive and brought into our care, was also accepted unconditionally by the herd.

It was in 2019 that the much-anticipated building of the dedicated orphanage took place, creating a space that is ideal for rehabilitation and treatment of orphaned elephants, and built strategically alongside HERD Homestead – where the Jabulani elephants stay overnight.

Khanyisa, an orphaned albino elephant calf, was rescued in January 2020, having somehow survived for days on her own, trapped in a snare. Following her rehabilitation, she was able to integrate into the herd and join them full time.

The orphans receive around-the-clock care from our dedicated carers, while slowly integrating with their new herd at a pace that works for each baby elephant’s needs. They remain in the care of the orphanage overnight until they are fully weaned, or weaned off night bottles, and are able to join the herd in the homestead.

Our Elephants

Klaserie

Female | Born: 2007

Limpopo

Female | Born: 2006

Lundi

Female | Born: 1989

Mambo

Male | Born: 2009

Pisa

Female | Born: 2009

Sebakwe

Male | Born: 1985

Setombe

Female | Born: 1985

Tokwe

Female | Born: 1988

Zindoga

Male | Born: 2007

Somopane

Male | Born: 1987

Bubi

Female | Born: 1993

Fishan

Male | Born: 1989

Jabulani

Male | Born: 1997

Our Orphans

Khanyisa

Female | Born: 2019

Kumbura

Female | Born: 2008

Timisa

Female | Born: 2015

Our Sheep

Lammie

Female | Born: 2014

Spotty

Male | Born: 2023

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