1998
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14th June 1998
purchased-1998

Purchased land and rustic, Windy Ridge. 1500 HA

1999
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8th August 1999
1999-first-herd

The first herd of 7 arrived NANA, FRANKIE, ILANGA, NUMZANE, MANDLA, MABULA, MARULA.

1999
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5th September 1999
the-main-house-at-thula-thula

Sept 1999, the main farm house where we lived and where the herd arrived in our garden.

2000
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1st May 2000
2000-opening

Thula Thula ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE opened!

2003
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23rd October 2003
baghdad-zoo-2003

Lawrence Anthony went to Bagdad for 6 months FROM MARCH TO SEPTEMBER 2003

2004
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14th June 2004
married-2004

After 17 years of life together, Francoise Malby and Lawrence Anthony marry.

2004
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2nd November 2004
baby-thula-rescued-2004

Rescue of baby Thula. Cared for 24/7 by our dedicated rangers and stayed in our guest room.

2006
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5th September 2006
2006-tented-camp

September, started building of tented camps

2006
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19th October 2006
baghdad-zoo-2003

Lawrence Anthony receives United Nations Earth Day medal for his work in Baghdad

2006
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13th November 2006
babylons-ark-2006

Babylon’s Ark, by Lawrence Anthony was published

2006
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5th December 2006
2006-tents-open

December, Tented camps opened

2008
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5th May 2008
2008-fundimvelo

2008 Kwa Zulu Natal Parks Board, now Ezemvelo, gives us the rights to drop the fences and take over with the adjoining community land of Fundimvelo, adding a further 800 ha to Thula Thula game reserve.

2009
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19th March 2009
2009-elephant-whisperer

The Elephant Whisperer, by Lawrence Anthony was published in English (now translated into 12 languages)

2009
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24th August 2009
heidi-2009

Poaching of our last rhino : Heidi, a female white rhino

2009
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18th December 2009
thabo-2009

October and December, arrival of our two little orphan rhinos Thabo and Ntombi

2010
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11th March 2010
2010-land-extended

A partnership with neighbouring land owner’s increases Thula Thula with a further 1500 ha

2011
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2nd June 2011
mkhulu-dam-history-2011

Mkhulu dam (means grandfather in Zulu and named after Lawrence) was built on the Fundimvelo land. This was Lawrence spiritual place where he would meet his elephants.

2012
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3rd January 2012
logo-rhino-fund-final-2012

Thabo our male rhino gets shot at and the Thula Thula Rhino Fund was created as a non-profit organisation by Francoise, to raise awareness and for anti-poaching actions for the protection and conservation of rhinos.

2012
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2nd March 2012
farewell-2012

Lawrence Anthony passed away at the age of 61

2012
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4th March 2012
2012-respects

The elephants march to the main house to pay their respect to Lawrence

2012
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29th March 2012
last-rhino-2012

The Last Rhino was published

2012
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3rd April 2012
honorary-2012

Lawrence was posthumously awarded honorary Doctor of Science degree by College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science

2012
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1st October 2012
about_elephant_stand_medium

Beginning of the contraception treatment of our male elephants as Thula Thula has now reached its maximum capacity in terms of habitat for the growing herd

2013
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4th March 2013
about_elephant-roadblock_medium

The elephants march to the house on the anniversary of the death of Lawrence, exactly same day and same time as precedent year.

2013
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1st October 2013
horn-infusion-oct-2014

October, horn infusion with poison and indelible dye for Thabo and Ntombi as additional protection against poachers

2014
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1st March 2014
logo-fttro-final-transparent

The Thula Thula Rhino orphanage is created, as the first rhino sanctuary in Kwa Zulu Natal

2014
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4th March 2014
main-house-mourning

The elephants return for the 3rd consecutive year to mourn Lawrence. Same day. Same time as the 2 previous years.

2015
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2nd July 2015
safari-medium-all-in-a-day-2

The South African Conservation Fund, as Thula Thula non-profit organisation, is created, to raise funds for the expansion of Thula Thula to create more space for our growing herd.

2016
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1st January 2016
tented-camp-2016

Full renovation of the luxurious tented camp for its 10th Anniversary! A full face lift of our Elephant Safari Lodge will be finished mid-December 2016.

2016
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2nd May 2016
themba-medium-history-page

Birth of our 30th elephant, Themba, which means faith and hope, symbol for hope in the African elephant crisis and the heavy poaching in Africa, killing one elephant every 15 minutes.

2016
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3rd August 2016
dehorning

Dehorning of Thabo and Ntombi as poaching escalates in Kwa Zulu Natal