1998
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14th June 1998

Purchase of a small game reserve of 1500 ha called Windy Ridge.

1999
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8th August 1999

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

1999
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5th September 1999

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

Thula Thula ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE opened!

2003
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23rd March 2003

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

2003
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13th September 2003

Babylon’s Ark, by Lawrence Anthony was published

2004
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4th April 2004

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

2004
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14th June 2004

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

2006
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5th September 2006

September, started building of tented camps

2006
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19th October 2006

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

2006
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5th December 2006

Opening of our luxury tented camp

2008
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5th May 2008

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

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

2009
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24th August 2009

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

2009
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18th December 2009

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

2010
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11th March 2010

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 (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

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

Lawrence Anthony passed away at the age of 61

2012
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4th March 2012

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

2012
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29th March 2012

The Last Rhino was published

2012
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3rd April 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

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

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

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

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

2014
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4th March 2014

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

Creation of the South African Conservation Fund by Francoise Malby Anthony, as the Thula Thula non-profit organisation, to raise funds for the expansion of the land for our elephant’s habitat.

2016
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Renovations

1st January 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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Elephant Walk

2nd June 2016
themba

Birth of our 29th elephant., Themba, which means faith and hope, a 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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Dehorning

3rd August 2016

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

2017
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Attack on Thula Thula

21st February 2017

Attack of the Thula Thula rhino orphanage by poachers, killing two young rhinos.

2018
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Volunteers Academy

1st July 2018

Opening of the Thula Thula Volunteers Academy, to educate and inspire about Nature and Wildlife Conservation

2018
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Francoise’s book

2nd July 2018

The sequel of The Elephant Whisperer, written by his wife Francoise, AN ELEPHANT IN MY KITCHEN, is published and becomes a bestseller.

2019
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12th March 2019

Francoise receives the Trophee des Français de l’etranger in Paris at the Ministere des Affaires etrangeres.

2019
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3rd April 2019
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10th May 2019

Arrival of two female rhinos, Mother and daughter, Mona and Lisa, in the hope of increasing rhino population at Thula Thula.

2019
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1st June 2019

The release of the French version of An Elephant in My Kitchen

2019
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7th August 2019

Dehorning of all four rhinos

2019
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2nd September 2019
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11th September 2019

An Elephant in My Kitchen released in paperback in the UK

2019
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5th November 2019

Release of An Elephant In My Kitchen in the USA.

2020
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Tragic death of baby rhino Lisa

2nd January 2020

The tragic death of baby rhino Lisa of viral infection.

2020
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20th March 2020

Most unexpected birth of baby rhino with Mona as the mother.

2020
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26th March 2020

South Africa in total lockdown due to Coronavirus. Thula Thula closes its doors to guests.

2020
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Elephant in My Kitchen in Dutch

10th June 2020

Possible release of An Elephant in My Kitchen in Dutch.