LIVING WITH ELEPHANTS FOUNDATION is a Botswana based non profit organisation dedicated to conservation of the African Elephant. The Foundation provides rescued African elephants with a second chance and safe home in the wilderness of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Currently under care are Jabu and Morula, two rescued elephants, saved from culling operations in which they were orphaned. Doug and Sandi Groves have dedicated nearly 30 years to providing world-class care and refuge to these orphans. The elephants thrive in a loving supportive environment and are provided with specialized care. Jabu and Morula live in expansive natural elephant habitat, which offers freedom for exploration, natural behaviour and wildlife interactions.
Jabu and Morula cannot yet be released fully to the wild due to their traumatic starts in life and chronic injuries.
Morula has a troubled past and when Doug and Sandi met her at age 17 she was destined to be shot. Female elephants generally stay in the herds they are born into and their relationships with other females are life long. Since the only way to be part of a breeding herd, or elephant family, is to be born into one, Morula lives and thrives in her unique interspecies herd. Although Morula cannot join a wild herd, the long range plan is to create a herd, with other orphaned females, to which she can belong. Once established, it is hoped the herd can be safely released together.
Jabu, an orphaned bull elephant, was attacked and injured by a wild bull elephant in a conflict for status. Due to his resulting joint injuries, Jabu requires individualized and innovative veterinary care and therapies. Currently, top international vets are working on stem cell therapy and other cutting-edge options for Jabu to help with his osteo-arthritis and the angulation in his wrist. Jabu’s need for supervision to avoid further injury precludes him from surviving alone in the wild. Jabu is an impressive bull and his story has caught the world’s attention as seen on Animal Planet’s “Dodo Heroes”. Follow Jabu on his blog and Instagram to learn more about his progress and exciting life in the bush!
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