When the original herd of 7 elephants in September arrived at Thula Thula, they were classified as “rogue” and “troublemakers”. Our herd of elephants, made famous in the best-sellers “The Elephant Whisperer” and “An Elephant In My Kitchen”, has now increased to the maximum sustainable capacity.

Contraception program for our male elephants

Having now reached its maximum capacity in terms of habitat for our herd, the reserve implemented a reversible male elephant contraception program to allow controlled breeding. This operation, which started in Sept 2012, is being renewed every 6 months.

An alternative to relocation

Although contraception does not adversely affect the elephants and does not produce any behavioral side effects, questions do remain as to how continued contraception might influence such a highly sociable species.


Thula Thula has started the first step of the land expansion in October 2020 to increase their habitat. This solution requires new electric fencing as well as new roads, increased security, land management and the list just goes on, to keep our wildlife safe.


With the difficult times we had to face during the pandemic of Covid-19, with no or little income at our lodges since March 2020, we now need your help to carry on this important project for our elephant habitat.

Should you wish to support the Thula Thula expansion project, you can:

  • Sponsor 1 acre of the extended Thula Thula land for $50

  • Buy 1 metre of fencing for $100

  • Adopt a Thula Thula elephant for $50 per month. You will receive a Certificate of Adoption as well as the story with additional photos of your selected elephant. Please see our precious herd of elephants for adoption below.

Home/CONSERVATION Expansion of Elephant Habitat
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If animals could speak, mankind would weep! Our stay was amazing, couldn’t have imagined a better stay. Just wish we could stay longer. Emmanuel and Expidicao Schumann


Thank you for your support in our conservation efforts.

Please indicate in PayPal what your donation is for? 

Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation centre

Wildlife protection and anti-poaching

Elephant Land Expansion

Or contact Francoise Malby Anthony at francoise@thulathula.com


Feel free to email on: info@thulathula.com . Or call us on: 082 2599732 / 073 2668577

Important Notice!

Kindly note that the South African Conservation Fund and Thula Thula Private Game Reserve are not associated with any activity done by the LAEO (Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization) in South Africa as well as other countries around the globe. As such, funds raised by these respective organizations are directed towards separate projects and activities. Thank you for your understanding.

Francoise Malby Anthony