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.

An alternative to relocation

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


Thanks to the local community, Thula Thula now has the opportunity to add a further 2000 ha of land to increase their habitat. This solution requires 25 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 $250,000

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. You will receive a Certificate of adoption as well as the story with additional photos of your selected elephant.

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


Thank you for your support in our conservation efforts.

Please indicate in PayPal what your donation is for? 

Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation centre

Wildlife protection and anti-poaching

Elephant Land Expansion

Or contact Francoise Malby Anthony francoise@thulathula.com


Feel free to email on: info@thulathula.com Or call us on: 082 2599732 / 073 2668577