Khanyisa Moves to the Homestead!
Albino elephant orphan and snare survivor, Khanyisa graduated from the orphanage at the end of October, joining the Homestead for the new month of November 2022. It was a big moment for us, but the elephants showed that they have Khanyisa’s best interests at hearts as they took her in and kept her safe just as they do in the bush.
They escorted her to the canopy area to feed with them and this was truly a heart-warming moment for us! As the sun set, the elephants settles down with their newest member for that first evening together.
The next morning in the homestead, we waited for the carers to arrive and lead the elephants out into the bush, before feeding Khanyisa. We quickly took to creating a new routine for Khanyisa. Routine makes a person feel safe so that they know what to expect. It also helps the elephants. We had enough time to prepare the milk, cut sweet potato, pick grass and bana grass and play with Lammie and Nungu at the orphanage before meeting with Khanyisa after her first night in the homestead. Khanyisa didn’t sleep much over the first few nights, which was not unexpected as she is new to the environment, new to how everyone sleeps and where she will fit in.
In her new breakfast spot, every morning since that first morning, Khanyisa excitedly picks up each of her bottles, one by one, and gulps down her milk. Then she munches down sweet potato, boskos (pellets) and apples, giving her an extra nutritious and tasty treat. After feeding, we set off to the bush.
Timisa continues to spend time with Khanyisa in the homestead, as we expected, the two youngest in the herd giving each other great support. Limpopo, Kumbura and Tokwe also give Khanyisa lots of protection and company in the homestead, just as they do in the bush during the day.
Khanyisa is now over 800 kilograms and gaining weight beautifully, showing that she is healthy and coping well with this new phase of her development.
We couldn’t have gotten Khanyisa this far without your help… A big thank you to you, from all of us at HERD.
Thank you for all your donations and fosterings for our Miss Sunshine!
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Here is a special thank you youtube video from Adine. Thank You from Adine
Yours in conservation.
Adine and the HERD Team