1998
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Windy Ridge Purchased

14th June 1998

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

1999
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Francoise at the boma after arrival of the herd at Thula Thula

8th August 1999

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

1999
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The main farm house

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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Enfant Terrible arrives

1st January 2000
2000
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Elephant safari lodge

1st May 2000
Elephant Safari Lodge

Thula Thula ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE opened!

2003
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6 months to Bagdad

23rd March 2003

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

2003
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Babylon’s Ark

13th September 2003

Babylon’s Ark, by Lawrence Anthony was published

2004
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Rescue of baby Thula

4th April 2004

Cared for 24/7 by our dedicated rangers and stayed in our guest room.

2004
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Francoise and Lawrence get married

30th June 2004
Lawrence and Francoise get married

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

2006
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Building of the Luxury Tented Camp started

5th September 2006

September, started building of tented camps

2006
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United Nations Earth Day Medal

19th October 2006

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

2006
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Opening of our luxury tented camp

5th December 2006
2008
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Fundimvelo added to Thula Thula

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 1200ha to Thula Thula game reserve.

2009
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The Elephant Whisperer

19th March 2009

By Lawrence Anthony was published in English (now translated into 12 languages)

2009
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Heidi poached

24th August 2009

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

2009
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Thabo and Ntombi arrive October & December 2009

18th December 2009

Our two rhino orphans arrived, Thabo arrived first followed by Ntombi” and change the photo with the attached image, A beautiful kiss

2010
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Partnership with neighbour increases land

11th March 2010

A partnership with neighbouring land owner’s increases Thula Thula with a further 1500ha

2011
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Mkhulu Dam

2nd June 2011
elephants bathing at Mkhulu dam

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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Farewell Mkhulu

2nd March 2012

Lawrence Anthony passed away at the age of 61

2012
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Elephants pay respects on exactly the same day at the same time

4th March 2012

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

2012
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The Last Rhino was published

29th March 2012
2012
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Honorary Doctor of Science degree awarded

3rd April 2012

Lawrence was posthumously awarded honorary Doctor of Science degree by College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science

2012
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Thula Thula Rhino Fund

1st May 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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Elephants at mine dam

1st October 2012
Elephants at mine dam

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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Elephants pay their respects

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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Anti-Poacher Protection Measures

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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First Rhino Sanctuary in KZN

1st March 2014

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

2014
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Return of the Elephants

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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South African Conservation Fund

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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Trophee des Français de l’etranger

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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German Book Release

3rd April 2019
2019
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Mona and Lisa Arrive

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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French Book Release

1st June 2019

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

2019
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Rhino dehorning and GPS Collars fitted

13th August 2019
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The Elephant Whisperer French Book Release

2nd September 2019
2019
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UK Book Release

11th September 2019

An Elephant in My Kitchen released in paperback in the UK

2019
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USA Book Release

5th November 2019

Release of An Elephant In My Kitchen in the USA.

2020
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Chinese version of the Elephant Whisperer released in 2020

1st January 2020
2020
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German and Dutch version of An Elephant In My Kitchen released in 2020

1st January 2020
2020
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Baby rhino, Lisa born to Mona passed away

7th January 2020
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Birth of baby rhino to Mona

20th March 2020

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

2020
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Pandemic closes ThulaThula’s doors

26th March 2020

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

2020
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Hippo Juliet gave birth to her third calf, Jo

17th July 2020
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Rhino Dehorning

12th October 2020
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Thula Thula Land expansion for the elephants started

22nd October 2020
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US paperback version of An Elephant in my kitchen released in United States on 5 November 2020

5th November 2020

US paperback released Nov 2020

2021
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Frankie the Matriarch passed away

17th January 2021
2021
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Savannah arrived

20th January 2021

First Cheetah back on Thula Thula since 1941

2021
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Savannah was released

19th March 2021

Savannah was released and is now free in her forever home at Thula Thula Exclusive Private Game reserve.

2021
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Marula takes over as matriarch

1st May 2021

Marula, Frankie’s daughter, has taken over as Matriarch of Frankie’s family.