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Newsletter – June 2017

Newsletter June 2017

1. Our Elephant Update
2. The Evolution of the Camp Jabulani Elephant Experience
3. Our People
4. Wildlife
5. Elephant Research
6. From Our Kitchen

1. Our Elephant Update

On Monday, 21st November 2016, a baby elephant estimated to be about 4 months old was brought to our sister property, HESC. The young elephant was found wandering on his own on the reserve next to the R40 tarred road. People had started to pull off in order to watch the little elephant and he was very distressed. Read more


Mrs Lente Roode named this little one Shawu, after one of the seven bulls which used to roam the Kruger National Park. Read more


Mambo, one of our younger elephants, was fostered. This little one is such a character, and typical of any seven-year-old, Mambo is very playful. He particularly enjoys playing with Zindoga during the midday swim, and the bigger the splash he and Zindoga can create the more fun they have. Read more


Size, physique and gentle character aside, what would an elephant be without its most distinctive feature? We took a closer look at the very curious appendage that is an elephant’s trunk. Read more


Towards the end of 2016, we welcomed an orphaned baby elephant in need of a safe haven. The courageous spirit of this little elephant, aptly named Timisa (meaning courageous), has left us in awe. Read Adine Roode’s (Owner, Camp Jabulani) first-hand account part 1 and part 2


A while ago we discovered that Timisa, the baby elephant in our custody, was slightly anaemic and as a precautionary measure she was given a blood transfusion. Read more



2. The Evolution of the Camp Jabulani Elephant Experience



On 1 April 2017, a new era began for us here at Camp Jabulani as we moved away from elephant-back safaris, to a more interactive experience. We took a moment to define what the evolved Jabulani Elephant Experience entails, as well as address a few frequently asked questions. Read more


Camp Jabulani is home to 15 elephants – 8 adults (including Jabulani and the rescued adults from Zimbabwe); 5 babies born over the years; and 2 young orphans (Timisa being the youngest and latest to join the family). We (re)introduce you to the Camp Jabulani elephant family. Read more


There may be one career on this planet whose employees would say they don’t need that second cup of coffee to get through the day, or to count down the hours until the end of their workweek. Meet the Camp Jabulani Elephant Keepers! Read more


Something we never tire of is seeing our guests’ reactions when they first come in contact with the elephants. Read more about this extraordinary experience.


The midday swim time is one of the most popular aspects of the Elephant Experience. Read more


During the exclusive elephant tracking experience, guests get to join a senior trails guide, a senior elephant keeper and their ranger to track the Jabulani elephants in their natural habitat. Read more about this experience.


After a long day foraging in the bush, guests will accompany the elephants as they return to their sleeping quarters to bid them good night… Read more


An interesting aspect of the evolved Elephant Experience is the research. This allows guests to be hands on. Read more here


3. Our People


Chris Hall, a veterinary surgeon from the UK, met Jabulani in 2001 when he was a young baby elephant at HESC. Chris recently came face-to-face with a now older Jabulani. Do you think Jabulani recognised Chris? Read more


The well-being of our resident elephant herd is paramount to us. One way we ensure this is through continuous research. We have brought in an expert to help us understand the physiological and behavioural impact that human interaction has on the herd. We introduce you to Chloe Grotto, our on-site researcher. Read more


We are proud of our Elephant Manager, Tigere Matipedza, who’s completed his FGASA 1 qualification. Read more


4. Wildlife



Camp Jabulani MD, Adine Roode, shared moments from a wonderful encounter she had with a giraffe. Read more


Lions are on most safari-goers’ must-see list. We are fortunate at Camp Jabulani that guests are guaranteed to see these animals as we’ve got plenty. Read more


For the adventurous and brave, Safari Manager, Schalk, shared his expertise on how to catch a marsh terrapin. Read more


Many people love to see the big animals when on safari. But did you know there are other smaller fascinating creatures to be viewed? The flap-necked chameleon is one of these. Read more



5. Elephant Research



A team of veterinary doctors from Wildlife Pharmaceuticals visited Camp Jabulani to conduct research aimed at better understanding the anaesthesia of elephants by using a combination drug known as BAM (Butorphanol / Azaperone / Medetomidine). Considering the great benefit such research has for wildlife conservation, we are proud to have been part of such an initiation. Read more


The physical and emotional well-being of our elephants is of the utmost importance. For this reason, we conducted a pilot study to assess the stress levels of our semi-captive elephant herd since there are perceptions that captive elephants are generally stressed by their routines and because of their contact with humans. Read more about the research.


6. From Our Kitchen



One of Camp Jabulani’s recognised signature offerings is its cuisine. Chefs take pride in their culinary creations, which vary from day-to-day. But what makes their dishes even more special is the liberal use of fresh produce sourced from different local suppliers such as Hlokomela Herb Garden. Read more

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