All of our HERD Projects are about respecting and acknowledging elephants’ unique and delicate needs that so desperately depend on us, as well as creating sustainable ways to positively impact conservation and community.
Community matters to us. Without our local community, we will not be able to do what we do. We also believe that our actions have a ripple effect. We can make a bigger impact that spans generations by employing locals, contributing to local schools, and uplifting our women through the JabuLadies' projects.
We aim to do everything we can to be as sustainable as possible, from how we feed our elephants, to protecting the land they live on. Our projects include using the elephants’ dung for several purposes, our on-site wormery, aquaponics, conservation research, and even rodent control.
Helping our herd starts with understanding them. Because elephants can't speak, it takes a lot of work to tune into their needs. Our team works tirelessly to research how to better help our elephants, from their carefully mixed and measured milk to setting up the best environment.
Our elephant orphan programme started with a baby elephant named Jabulani, the very first elephant we 'adopted' in 2002. After seeing how a rescued herd from Zimbabwe successfully accepted him, we realised that we could significantly impact and save more elephant orphans.
We rely on incredible people like you to keep us going. Every cent counts, and no contribution is too small. HERD relies on public funding to cover the operational costs to care for and support elephant orphans and the rescued herd, so we really appreciate your support.
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