WHY WE NEED FUNDING
Jabulani currently looks after 15 elephants, and contributes where possible to the high costs of caring for Khanyisa, the albino elephant calf presently in the care of Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development (HERD) during her rehabilitation and phased integration.
With the onset of global travel bans and COVID-19 Lockdown in South Africa, our responsibilities remain the same in caring for and feeding these special animals.
We have always relied on tourism to our lodge to help cover the costs of providing exceptional care for the rescued elephants, to feeding, protecting and caring for the herd that has come to be such an incredible story of survival and love in Africa, as the herd continues to thrive and to accept new orphans who have lost their own herds.
It has always been part of our business model that every guest staying at Jabulani contributes to the expenses associated with caring for the herd. However, these funds only become available for use after the guests have stayed at Jabulani. This presents an entirely new challenge with both local and global travel restrictions in place and not being able to welcome visitors to Jabulani.
The conservation of elephants has become more and more vital in recent years as the poaching epidemic started to rise dramatically, compared to previous decades. The detrimental effects of the human-elephant conflict, including poaching, can be seen on the ground with the increased number of displaced or abandoned elephant orphans. Khanyisa at HERD is an example of this, having been abandoned after a vicious snare used by poachers trapped and brutally injured her.
The increased threat of poaching has especially been looming over us during the COVID-19 Lockdowns that have caused many people to lose income and jobs, and to seek out other means of making a living. The reported poaching attacks on wildlife have been increasing during this time. Our responsibility to support the rescued Jabulani herd and HERD orphanage continue, but so does the need to keep the orphanage and Jabulani herd afloat and ready should the need arise to take in other orphans or elephants in need. The resources to do so, however, have dwindled with the block on tourism and fundraising remains a vital and the key way to maintain our work in elephant conservation on the ground.
We need your help to assist with these costs.
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
The funds raised will go directly to ensuring the valued and essential elephant carers’ continued employment, as well as that of the rest of the vital team on-site, the support for the herd through food, veterinary care, stable maintenance as well as anti-poaching contributions in the reserve.
This Jabulani herd’s journey in 2020 needs help. We are relying on the kindness of people around the world and ask that you help play a part in the conservation of elephants, through the protection and upkeep of the Jabulani herd, by donating to the Jabulani Elephant Herd Crisis Fund.
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ABOUT THE ELEPHANTS
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 the original herd of hand-reared elephants rescued from 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. Three 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.
ABOUT THE CARERS
It has been an almost 20-year road that we have travelled with the herd and with their phenomenal carers, many of whom travelled from Zimbabwe with the herd when they were rescued, to start new lives and jobs at Jabulani. These carers are the real heroes. The individuals on the ground, putting in the hard work, energy, time and emotion to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the herd day after day, ensuring that these rescued elephants can enjoy time in their natural habitat, foraging and swimming in the wild, while protected from predators.
The 30 carers we employ to look after the Jabulani herd have incredible expertise when it comes to elephants, due to the many years they have been with the animals. Their knowledge is irreplaceable and their respect, love and understanding of the herd ensures that we are able to uphold high standards of care. The number of carers is essential as it allows them to work in shifts and to take time off from their intensive roles and to ensure that the elephants don’t get used to only one or a few individuals.