• SPLISH SPLASH Tsholofelo!
  • Mmamotse and Bonolo sharing a moment ❤️🐘
  • Tshepiso first mud wallow with her friends at Elephant Havens!
  • Wake Up, Wake Up! I found something really good! I'll show you!
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  • I just knew we could meet Susie and Richard Bauer’s $30,000 matching challenge, and we did! And by “we”, I mean YOU! We officially reached just over $30,000 in online donations before midnight on December 31st. And it’s all thanks to every one of you who took the time to donate during the busy holiday season. I can’t tell you how much you all mean to me. Every one of our successes is because of this wonderful Elephant Havens family. If anyone has another challenge for us, we’re ready to take it on!
  • Thank you for the most fulfilling year of my long life. Together we have changed many lives for the better, and we will continue to do even more in 2020. I think one of the most important projects we completed this year is the freshwater well for the local community. Water is everything and, because of you, we have been able to provide fresh drinking water to many, many people. They have never known the gift of turning on a tap and having precious clean water come out until now. With two wells available—one at the orphanage and another about 2 miles away—no one has to walk or travel on a donkey cart very far to get drinking water. It makes me so happy when I see men and women and children filling up their containers with clean water in this time of historic drought. I really don’t know what this community would have done this year, as the river is dry because of the drought. Of course our irrepressible orphans have put smiles on many faces. Some of you have had the opportunity to visit and now know what it feels like to have an elephant kiss you—one of MmaMotse’s favorite things to do. Scott is pretty sure she is not so much earnestly affectionate as on the lookout for some special treat that she hasn’t found while grazing the EH compound. I completely believe she is just that affectionate. To watch these rescues go from scared, traumatized little lost orphans, to sweet, loving orange-eating baby elephants is overwhelming and even hard to explain. I try and I share photos with you, but there are no words or pictures that can fully show you the elephants’ gratitude. I promise, they seem to know we are saving them. We are looking forward to a new year, a new decade and new commitment. We have many things in the works for next year that we are so excited about. It has been a year beyond our wildest expectations and I want you to take full responsibility for it. You are true life-changers. All of us at Elephant Havens are indebted to you!
  • There’s still time to give someone a meaningful gift from Elephant Havens. Foster one of our four baby elephants as a special gift for someone. Foster funds go toward food, medical care and round-the-clock care and companionship by handlers for MmaMotse, Tsholofelo, Tshepiso and Bonolo. Foster a baby between now and Christmas morning, and on Christmas Day we'll send the foster parent a special announcement with details of their elephant and a photo by email. They can also sign up to receive updates on their foster’s care and development. Or you can donate any amount in someone’s honor and it will be matched dollar-for-dollar until December 31st. We can’t thank you enough for donating and supporting Elephant Havens. People like you have contributed so much to protect and preserve the African elephant by helping to save these little orphans. Happy Holidays, Debra Stevens & Scott Jackson
  • Happy birthday Mmamotse! One year ago today was your rescue. Looking back at her first days at Elephant Havens. Slowly slowly she started trusting us. Trusting means butt scratches ❤️
  • How an elephant eats an orange 🍊
  • Onks and his babies 🐘🐘🐘 best “Mother” ever!