A basic overview of Elephant Fostering and what it entails:
It is through various rescue and rehabilitation efforts that most of the elephants have found their way to Camp Jabulani. Camp Jabulani’s proudest achievement doesn’t only lie in the successful rescue of a herd of orphaned elephants in 1996 from strife-torn Zimbabwe, nor in the the intensive rehabilitation of tiny elephant calf, Jabulani (who is also the namesake of the herd). There is no doubt that the animals would have been killed had the team from HESC not orchestrated a massive rescue operation. Our success rather lies in our dedicated 20-year journey through which invaluable experience has been gained, enabling us to evolve and refine a successful model of rescued elephant care, with specific focus on infant rehabilitation. At no stage we could have turned theses elephants away or release them into the wild. We had to pick up where another human intervention had left off. We did the only thing possible, and created a self-sustaining environment which would enable us to meet the massive costs of their care.
Following extraordinary experiences shared with the Jabulani elephants, many of our guests have expressed an interest in fostering certain members of the Camp Jabulani herd. This, combined with our decision to stop elephant-back safaris (read more here), has led to the birth of our New Fostering Platform.
It is an expensive exercise taking care of an elephant: food; veterinary care; housing and human resources all amount to approximately R35,000.00 per elephant per month. This is a fixed cost, regardless of visitor numbers.
Elephants are so incredibly unique in their personalities and therefore our Fostering Platform displays each member of the herd individually. The platform caters for personalised fostering opportunities and being part of the fostering program will contribute to the care of these magnificent creatures and help to write their future story.