Meet Khanyisa, a rare al.bi.no elephant from South Africa that we previously covered.
Unfortunately, she fell into a p.oaching tr.ap; she was rescued and transferred to South Africa’s first elephant or.phanage. Now there is hope that her story will help educate people and raise awareness.
Al.bi.no elephants are scarce; it’s hard not to get excited when you spot one.
Unfortunately, one of these people was also a p.oacher, and Khanyisa was caught in a p.oaching trap. Here she is recovering.
She was r.apped and severely injured after pulling herself out, causing the trap to tighten around her.
Thankfully, the al.bi.no calf was rescued and taken to the HERD Elephant Or.phanage in South Africa to help it recover.
HERD is the first elephant or.phanage in South Africa. P.oaching is still a serious problem, so it is essential to help p.oached and a.ban.doned calves fend for themselves, as often their mothers have been p.oached.
The Jabulani Herd at Kapama Private Game Reserve is an adopted herd mainly of or.phaned elephants re.siding near the or.phanage.
Any or.phaned elephants in need of a family structure are usually welcomed into the herd with open arms.
Elephants rely on a so.lid family structure, so it’s great for them to have a herd they can join.
“The unusual family structure of the Jabulani Herd, which are mostly or.phans, offers a unique solution for the or.phaned baby elephants in South Africa, which need to find a second herd to ensure their he.alth, spi.rit, and sur.vival.”
Khanyisa, an al.bi.no baby elephant, joined the or.phanage when he was only about four months old. She is currently th.riving in their care after a lot of hard work.
“This little girl is unbelievably brave. Her sur.vivability has been piling up against her since birth; she was born an al.bi.no, then she endured ex.cru.ciating pa.in when she was trapped in the j.aws of an artificial trap and left to f.ight for her fra.gile life for an unspecified time.
We can only try to understand the extent of her p.ain, how s.cared she feels, was her herd with her when it happened, was she alone? And how hot and thirsty she must have been. How could she sur.vive?
Now we are clear; it is her spirit; she is a warrior. Her spirit is powerful.”
After a few months at the or.phanage, she gained enough strength to join the Jabulani herd; here she is with them: