ELEPHANT LAND EXPANSION

The original herd of 7 elephants in September 1999, when they arrived at Thula Thula. Classified as “rogue” and “troublemakers”, our original herd of 7 elephants, made famous in the best-seller “The Elephant Whisperer” by Lawrence Anthony, has now increased to the maximum sustainable capacity.

Contraception program for our male elephants

Having now reached its maximum capacity in terms of habitat for our herd, the reserve implemented a reversible male elephant contraception programme to allow controlled breeding. This operation started in Sept 2012, is being renewed every 6 months and unfortunately is not having the desired effect.

An alternative to relocation

Although contraception does not adversely affect the elephants and does not produce any behavioural side effects, questions do remain as to how continued contraception might influence such a highly sociable species.

Solution

Thanks to the local community, Thula Thula now has the opportunity to add a further 3500 ha of land to increase their habitat. This solution requires 35 km of electric fencing as well as roads, increased security, guard training, security equipment and vehicles, conservation, land management and the list just go on, to keep our wildlife safe. Community projects such as this, not only support the wildlife but also improve local employment and education.

HELP RAISE $350,000

We have the land, but to fence this, we need to raise us$ 350 000 should you wish to support the Thula Thula expansion project:

  • Sponsor 1 acre of the extended Thula Thula land $50
  • Buy 1 metre of fencing $100
  • Adopt a Thula Thula elephant $50 per month
Pledge your Support

If animals could speak, mankind would weep! Our stay was amazing, couldn’t have imagined a better stay. Just wish we could stay longer. Emmanuel and Expidicao Schumann

DONATIONS & ENQUIRIES

Thank you for your support in our conservation efforts.

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Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation centre

Wildlife protection and anti-poaching

Elephant Land Expansion

Or contact Francoise Malby Anthony francoise@thulathula.com

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