Our orphanage is being built on 11 acres that are nestled along the banks of the Thamalakane River. It is an ideal place for young elephants to live and receive daily care and companionship until they are ready to be reintroduced to the wild. Alongside the elephant enclosures, the fenced grounds will also hold a veterinary office, housing for staff, and an administrative office.
The site is only 35 minutes from Maun, the fifth largest town in Botswana with a population of 55,000. The Maun International Airport is the jumping off point for many safari excursions into the Okavango Delta, the Chobe, the Linyanti, the Kalahari, and other wildlife-rich regions. This makes it easy for friends of elephants to make Elephant Havens a destination as they head into the wilds of Botswana.
Besides welcoming visitors, the orphanage will be a venue for educational programs for locals and those passing through to the Okavango Delta. Local school children will be welcomed for educational programs and the opportunity to experience elephants up close in a non-threatening setting.
The locals who will staff the orphanage as handlers, support, and administrative personnel will see a direct benefit of elephant conservation. Rather than being a threat to crops, livestock, and people, the elephants will bring income through jobs in the wildlife and tourism areas.
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