The original herd of 7 elephants in September 1999, when they arrived at Thula Thula. Classified as “rogue” and “troublemakers”, our original herd of 7 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 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.