Our Mission

Our mission is to protect and preserve the African elephant.

Through habitat protection, community outreach, and the rescue and hand-rearing of young elephant orphans, Elephant Havens aims to become a leading voice in wildlife conservation awareness and wildlife protection. We envision a world in which African elephants and local communities co-exist without conflict, and where young elephant orphans are saved and reintroduced into the wild.

By educating local communities on elephant behavior and habitat protection, we hope to instill an understanding of the benefits of conservation. At the same time, we are working with farmers to discover specific areas of conflict with local elephants. Finding and implementing creative solutions to keep elephants from trampling crops and devastating livestock will go a long way towards reducing the human-elephant conflict.

Using funds from generous donors, we built the Elephant Havens orphanage on the edge of the Okavango Delta. This sanctuary for abandoned and orphaned elephants is a safe place for them to be cared for until they can be reintroduced into the wild. We encourage both foreign visitors and local community members to visit and learn more about these remarkable animals. With access and education, we hope to bridge some of the gap between communities and wildlife.

We are also creating educational activities and experiences aimed at helping people of all ages to understand and appreciate wildlife and wildlands, encouraging people to take action to conserve it now and for future generations.

Elephant Havens Wildlife Foundation was formed in 2017 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in the United States.

Learn more about Elephant Havens


Discover how and why Elephant Havens Wildlife Foundation was established.

Meet the Team

Get to know our founders Boago Poloko, Debra Stevens, and Scott Jackson, plus our team in Botswana.

Elephant Orphans

At the heart of Elephant Havens is our orphans, their care, and our long-term commitment to them.