Elephants could be key to saving the planet

A new report says that rewilding wildlife species and ecosystems worldwide can help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Elephants play a very important role in that: here is how. We hear the bad news daily: climate change will destroy our planet Earth. What we don’t hear enough of, are the ways in which we can […]

Lammie The Legendary Sheep

For those who are not familiar with this legendary sheep, we love to share her story! Lammie the legendary sheep, was born in 2014 and is a Thaba-Manzi Pedi breed of sheep, native to Africa and known as Pedi Sheep. The breed is known for its fat tail (where they store most of their fat), […]

Elephants and Biodiversity

As the largest of all land mammals, elephants play an important role in keeping ecosystems fertile and maintaining plant populations. These floppy-eared food-providers support the survival of other creatures and contribute to species biodiversity within ecosystems. People think that elephants destroy nature by cutting down trees, but that is not the case. Elephants and biodiversity influence […]

Tracking Migrating Elephants in South-Africa

One of the solutions to protect both elephants and local communities from conflict situations is to act in advance by tracking migrating elephants. This kind of monitoring aspects of the ecology and demography for South Africa’s largest elephant populations is done by Elephants Alive, an organisation, founded in 2003 under its previous title of Save […]

Desert Elephants of Namibia

Desert elephants are not a separate species from savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana) and can only be found in Namibia and Mali. They have a few morphological differences from savannah elephants like a smaller body mass with proportionally longer legs and seemingly larger feet. Their survival is not through genetic adaptation, but through passing on knowledge. […]

Elephants and Bees

Elephants are afraid of bees Elephants and bees, let’s explain. Of course elephants aren’t scared off by one or two bees, as the bees’ stingers can’t penetrate their thick hides. But when bees swarm — and African bees swarm aggressively — hundreds of bees might sting and damage an elephant in its most sensitive areas, […]

Integration of a Baby Elephant into a Wild Herd

The integration of a baby elephant in a new herd is essential to their mental wellbeing and health. However wild herds have been known to reject orphaned elephants, especially when there has been human intervention in caring for the orphans. The story of the Jabulani Herd Adine Roode, MD and owner of Jabulani Safari, grew […]

Disney documentary “Elephant”, on elephant migration

The Disney documentary “Elephant” will start streaming on April 3th 2020 on Disney+ ! The film shows the annual, dramatic migration of an elephant herd across the Kalahari in search of food and drinking water, moving from Botswana’s Okavango Delta in its dry season, heading for the Zambezi and the Victoria Falls. The Duchess of […]

Baby Albino Elephant rescued

Baby albino elephant rescued – Monday morning January 6th 2020, a baby albino elephant calf was found, trapped in a man-made snare. The team of Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary took care of her nasty wounds and contacted Adine Roode from the elephant orphanage HERD, the organisation we support. She arranged the necessary permits and […]

RIP Mopane, Gone too Soon

Statement by Adine Roode, founder of HERD, on December 13, 2019: All of our hearts at HERD, Jabulani and HESC have been shattered into a million pieces. It is with incredible heartbreak and disbelief that I share the news of Mopane ’s sudden and unexpected passing a few days ago. I still pray that somehow […]