Fact Sheets



The Jabulani Herd

camp jabulani elephant herd
Meet the Camp Jabulani elephants. The herd has matured over time to become a very close-knit family group. Each elephant has its own character and shares a unique bond with the rest of the group.


Six babies have joined the Camp Jabulani herd since 2006, and the intra-herd dynamics have changed significantly since. While wild elephants group themselves in matriarchal herds – with male bull elephants joining the herds from time to time and having little to do with the younger members – each and every member of Camp Jabulani’s herd, both male and female, is an integral part of the very cohesive family.



The cost to take care of an elephant

It’s an expensive exercise taking care of an elephant. Food, veterinary care, housing and human resources all amount to approximately R30,000.00 per elephant per month. This cost is fixed, regardless of visitor numbers.


Why foster an elephant

Following the extraordinary interactions they have enjoyed, so many of our guests have expressed an interest in fostering one of the Camp Jabulani elephants. We have therefore made available various fostering options for the younger elephants of the herd. These elephants will never be utilised for elephant back safaris, although the expense for their care is still absorbed as part of the operation


What you get as a foster parent

With each fostering you will receive the following:

  • A certificate acknowledging your sponsorship.
  • Quarterly updates with news and images.
  • The knowledge that you are contributing to a very special animal’s survival.


How to foster an elephant

Head over to the elephant-moments website and use our new online fostering platform,

or alternatively;

Send your name, your preferred fostering option and the elephant you would like to support to:

Click here to download this information

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camp jabulani the elephant keepers


The elephant herd at Camp Jabulani needs a lot of “TLC”, and taking care of 15 elephants (including bulls with big personalities, growing babies and rambunctious teenagers) is hard work. It calls for a special group of people with a lot of patience and skill.

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