Rare Albino Baby Elephant Bonds with Nanny in South African Sanctuary

Khanyisa, a precious albino elephant, was rescued and brought to the “HERD” sanctuary in South Africa by Adine Roode, who established the elephant orphanage and sanctuary.

There, she was warmly welcomed by the Jabulani elephant herd, who embraced her as one of their own.

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Growing up under the care of the sanctuary’s keepers and elder elephants, Khanyisa formed a special connection with her allomother (nanny) named Klaserie.

Klaserie loved caring for Khanyisa, but sometimes her attentiveness made her forget her strength. The dynamics within the herd had changed over time, not because of the baby elephant, but as the elephants grew and developed unique characteristics.


Khanyisa had experienced several allomothers since joining the herd, but recently Klaserie stepped up to take special responsibility for the albino calf.

Afternoons in the elephant world are dedicated to sharing joys, learning new skills, and nurturing the young ones.

Khanyisa and Timisa, another member of the herd, provided opportunities for the female herd members to enhance their skills and gain experience.


Klaserie, being Setombe’s daughter, had grown up under protection, unlike her mother, who was an orphan. The allomother enjoyed interacting with the herd members, but sometimes she became overly attentive towards the younger ones.

Khanyisa spent her time foraging on green grass and small trees, and her caring allomother was always by her side to lend assistance.

Khanyisa’s trunk was not yet strong, but with help, she could access the branches, bark, and bulbs gathered by the other elephants.


Like human babies, elephant calves need to learn everything from scratch and develop their skills with age.

The herd’s social structure plays a crucial role in Khanyisa’s upbringing. With Klaserie taking on babysitting duties for the albino calf, other herd members get a well-deserved break.

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How much does an elephant weigh?

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Elephants, the largest land animals, vary in weight by species and age. African elephants can weigh between 5,000 to 14,000 pounds (2,268 to 6,350 kilograms), with males generally heavier than females. Asian elephants are smaller, with males weighing 4,500 to 11,000 pounds (2,041 to 4,990 kilograms) and females between 3,000 to 6,000 pounds (1,361 to 2,722 kilograms).

How long are elephants pregnant?

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Elephants have one of the longest gestation periods among mammals, lasting between 18 to 22 months. African elephants typically have a gestation period of about 22 months, while Asian elephants are pregnant for about 18 to 22 months. This lengthy pregnancy allows the calf to develop fully, ensuring it is relatively mature and can walk soon after birth.

How long do elephants live?

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Elephants are known for their long lifespans. In the wild, African elephants typically live between 60 to 70 years, while Asian elephants have a lifespan of about 48 to 60 years. In captivity, elephants may live longer due to regular veterinary care and the absence of predators, although their longevity can vary based on living conditions.

What do elephants eat?

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Elephants are herbivores and primarily eat plant-based foods. Their diet includes grasses, leaves, bark, fruits, and roots. African elephants tend to consume more grass, while Asian elephants eat more woody plants. An adult elephant can eat up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) of food each day.

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Elephants live in various habitats across Africa and Asia. In sub-Saharan Africa, African elephants inhabit savannas, forests, deserts, and marshes, including countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, and South Africa. Asian elephants are found in forests, grasslands, and scrublands across 13 South and Southeast Asian countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia. Their habitats range from dense tropical forests to open grasslands, depending on the availability of food and water.

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