Khanyisa Baby Elephant

Khanyisa is an orphaned albino elephant calf that had been found trapped in a snare with severe injuries, in January 2020…
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This donation has been matched by 25€ so Herd receives 185€

  • 2 milk bottles every 2 hours until she is 4 years old – 25€/bottle feed
  • nutritional supplements are added to the mik bottles – 43€/day
  • hay for bedding – 70€/month
  • sweet potatoes supplement – 86€/week
  • electricity costs – 216€/week
  • veterinary check-up bills – 493€/month
  • elephant carer salary costs – 1338€/month

Orphaned albino elephant, Khanyisa’s journey of survival is nothing short of inspirational! Her story has touched the world. She was found in January 2020, as a four-month old calf – alone, without her herd in sight, with a poacher’s snare around her cheeks and ears. Her injuries were severe. Wildlife vets estimated that she spent four days stuck in the snare and that she had been trying desperately to free herself. She was brought into the care of the HERD orphanage team, where her carers are looking after her night and day.

Now two years old, Khanyisa (meaning Sunshine in Shona) is fully rehabilitated and has been integrating into a rescued elephant herd.

A baby elephant can not survive on its own. Their needs are diverse and nuanced and require a special kind of management, one with heart and soul and respect as well as milk and medicine.  Moreover, it is imperative that an elephant calf is in the company of other elephants for their emotional wellbeing.

Khanyisa was born with the hardship of being an albino elephant in the wild, meaning that she is more sensitive to the harsh African sunlight, but she has learnt to cover herself with mud and sand to protect herself. She has overcome the snare wounds, the trauma of being orphaned, ill health, diarrhea and had a blood transfusion as we fought to get her through rehabilitation. Without her mother’s milk, the HERD team has to specially formulate milk for her and adjust it to suit her changing needs.


HERD (Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development) is South Africa’s first dedicated elephant orphanage and provides a solution to the human-elephant conflict that has increased with poaching. HERD is a safe space where calves that are orphaned due to manmade problems can receive rehabilitation and integration into an elephant social structure where they can thrive and develop naturally.

Currently, the orphanage is equipped to care for three orphans at any one time. The orphanage is located on the grounds near the barns of the Jabulani herd.

The unusual structure of this herd, rescued from Zimbabwe and the majority of which are orphans themselves, presents a unique solution for orphaned baby elephants: unlike wild herd, they have graciously accepted orphan elephants into their family and therefore offer orphaned elephants a unique access to a new elephant herd according to their individual emotional needs.

By accepting orphans into their care, the HERD orphanage team has a commitment to providing Khanyisa her specialised 2 litres milk formula, which she receives every 2 hours, so ten times a day. This will continue until she is weaned at approximately 4 years old. 

It is also a lifetime commitment to ensure her safety and care with the Jabulani Herd. Operational costs for this include monthly veterinary check-up bills, daily nutritional supplement costs, monthly elephant carer salaries, weekly electricity bills and daily hay for bedding.


Through HERD, orphaned elephants can heal and rejoin the social structure that is essential for these social animals, while in a reserve where they roam and forage naturally during the day. Every elephant matters. Every elephant needs a herd. Should the rescued herd continue to grow, they may split into two as with wild herds. At this time, we would ensure new grounds to relocate the herd into a wild environment that is safe and suitable for them, without the threat of human-elephant conflict.

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Izindlovu Fund is an officially registered non-profit organisation, governed by Belgian law. Our registration number is 0738 518 012. We care about Wildlife and 100% of the donations that we receive go to the projects that we support and with whome we have close contact.
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