In celebration of #WorldElephantDay2020 on 12 Aug, we are featuring seven gentle giants from @jabulanisafari and @herd_elephants – South Africa’s first elephant orphanage.
Khanyisa gets her name from her unique appearance as an albino, meaning “Light”, or “Sunshine”, in the local Shona language. As an albino, Khanyisa is more visible in the bush, and thus susceptible to attacks by predators and is also more sensitive to sun. In spite of this, she continues to be a ray of light since being rescued in January 2020, as a four-month-old calf, and taken into the care of the elephant orphanage, HERD, next to Jabulani. Khanyisa had been found trapped in a snare with severe injuries. The wounds indicated that she had been trying desperately to free herself for a few days. She had severe lacerations around the back of her ears and neck that stretched around her mouth and cheeks. There was no sign of her herd anywhere. From the beginning, she settled in quickly at HERD, with Lammie, her companion sheep. With plenty of treatment, love, and around- the-clock care, Khanyisa has gone from strength to strength, her wounds have healed perfectly, and her bonds with the herd have deepened naturally as they have accepted her as one of them. Her rehabilitation at HERD has moved quickly into her phased integration into the Jabulani herd, as she joins them on all-day walks in the wilderness.
@amarula_official marula is supporting the Jabulani Elephant Care Crisis Fund to help raise funds for the sustainability of its elephant rehabilitation and development facility. The global travel bans and COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa has had drastic impacts on the facility’s ability to fund the costs related to caring for the Jabulani herd and the orphaned elephants they have accepted. It is now coming to a crisis point and they need your help. #DontLetThemDisappear.
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