THE 1000 HEARTS CAMPAIGN TO RAISE FUNDS FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S FIRST ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
THE GOAL: To raise R1 Million (USD68 000) to cover the cost of building South Africa’s first Elephant Orphanage.
HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE THIS: We are asking for 1000 people/families/companies to donate just R1000/USD70 or more, to donate a HEART to help us reach our target of R1 million.
1000 X R1000 = R1 000 000
IN RETURN: Your name will be placed next to one of a 1000 Hearts placed on a dedicated “1000 Hearts for Elephants Forever Wall of Gratitude” at the Elephant Orphanage.
TIME FRAME: We aim to have 1000 Hearts donated by end of October 2019. To date we have 222 Hearts Donated.
Our Campaign Ele-Tracker
There are a 1000 HEARTS waiting to be filled on our BABY ELE-TRACKER to track our goal and build South Africa’s first elephant orphanage. With every R1000 that is donated, a Heart will be coloured in.
Every week we will update our tracker to show our progress.
READ MORE ABOUT THE ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE PROJECT:
The Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT), has recognised the urgency of building a dedicated elephant orphanage, that will focus solely on the wellbeing and care of the growing number of orphaned or displaced elephants in South Africa and surrounding countries.
Over the past four years, the WCT has assisted with the funding and support of orphaned elephants at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), who under the guidance of the team at Jabulani, welcomed any orphaned or displaced elephant calves that have needed a place of rehabilitation and care.
There has been a concerning increase in elephant poaching within South Africa over the past four years. These are the poaching statistics from the Kruger National Park alone, from 2014 to 2018:
We have to be proactive and ensure that we are adequately equipped to accept further orphans in a controlled environment designed for best practice in elephant care. The land has been secured close to the unique Jabulani elephant herd, who have accepted four elephant calves in previous years and the building has already commenced.
It is advantageous on an emotional level for baby elephants to be near a mature, close-knit elephant herd, and this will also create a more comfortable space to monitor the stages of integration into the herd on an individual basis for each elephant calf’s different needs.
Our first and foremost prerogative with every orphaned elephant is to ensure their survival through their formative years, and the Jabulani herd provide an ideal and unique family structure for little elephants that would have lost their families for a variety of reasons.
We can never be sure of early health issues that may have been the reason that a herd may abandon an elephant calf, but we have to be proactive and prepared for the increase of orphans from any number of environmental factors, but primarily due to the rise in elephant poaching statistics in Southern Africa.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT!
It is important to emphasise that there will be no exposure to the public on any level at the new orphanage, which is still to be named.
1st Phase Project Plan Costs for R1 003 000:
Once the first phase has been completed, the second phase will be to build staff accommodation ensuring we create a comfortable space for our elephant carers, adjacent to the elephant orphanage.
Estimated cost: R500 000