Elephant Stories

“Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved.” -Jane Goodall, Jane Goodall: 40 Years at Gombe

Kata & Katili


Katili was rescued in 1998 after her family had gotten caught eating crops from a farmers field. As the ranchers began shooting the elephants the herd panicked. Katili was left behind as the rest of her family was shot or ran away in the ensuing chaos. A few weeks after Katili was rescued she met Kata and that meeting changed everything…Read more

The Agreement


When Nzuri found herself in a desperate situation it was Mischak who came to her rescue, as he had so many times before. Locked in a devastating drought many elephants were in trouble. The history shared between this (now living wild) elephant came to light as Mishak showed up to repay an old debt just when Nzuri needed him the most…Read more.

The Reunion

Sasha arrived in a devastating depression after the loss of her mother. It was the kindness and love of the elephant matriarch, Isa that brought her back to life. When another young elephant orphan arrives it was Sasha who took the lead, along with Isa, comforting him but when tragedy strikes again something incredible happens…Read more

Yana Comforts a Dying Stranger

Ele & Buffalo

On this night everyone entered the stockades as they usually did. The Keepers went to bed in their dorms next door. Suddenly, they heard a loud commotion and knew something was wrong. In the darkness they saw Yana trumpeting and charging at full speed with ears flared towards the electric fence. She ran right through it shocking herself in the process into a clearing just beyond the stockades…Read more

An Elephant’s Perception

GianniMarchetti Ele Waterhole
One elephant in the herd broke off and wandered over to a group of people watching on a nearby veranda. She slowly leaned into the crowd and wound her trunk gently around a woman’s wrist. The woman stood completely still and it was only after the elephant retreated that they realized just exactly what the elephant had been doing…Read more

Kosha and the Snake


Are elephants born with genetic memories? It is certainly possible, though hard to prove. Kosha’s story makes a compelling argument that when it comes to elephant perception there is much more going on than meets the eye…Read more

The Elephant Whisperer

Lawrence Anthony's herd

Most of us know that elephant’s mourn their dead but what many people may not realize is that they mourn outside their species the same as humans do for their dogs or cats. One of the most powerful stories I’ve heard about this involved a man named Lawrence Anthony and a group of elephants he had saved many years earlier…Read more

The Delinquents of Pilanesberg

(This story may not be suitable for young children)

Suddenly a group of teenage elephants begin attacking rhinos in a park in South Africa and no one seems to understand why. What researchers discover changed the way we look at elephants, their emotions, their memories and most importantly their role models…Read more