Elephant locations in South Africa

61 locations has kept elephants in South Africa

There is presently 148 (53,58) living elephants in locations in South Africa (in this database)

Elephant locations in South Africa

Region: South Africa is in this database included in africaOther regions
Wild elephants:

South Africa has about over 20 000 (2006)wild elephants. Source:

Location holdings:

61 location has kept 219 elephants in South Africa

(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)

Elephants in locations148 (53,58) living71 (21,36) dead
Sex ratio and
Management:
 Male  53 / 148 
 36%
 Female  58 / 148 
 39%
 Free contact  112 / 148 
 76%
 Protected contact  2 / 148 
 1%
 No contact  1 / 148 
 1%
 Unknown contact  8 / 148 
 5%
 wild  25 / 148 
 17%

Before 1981 South Africa had only elephants in KNP, Addo elephant park, Tembe elephant reserve in KwaZulu Natal and some migrating animals from Botswana and Zimbabwe.

The present (2006) wild elephant population is maybe more than 20 000 elephants;
* KNP had in 2005 abt 17 000 elephants (Outside KNP Limpopo area has 831 elephants)
* Swaziland 38
* KwaZulu Natal abt 1 000
* Eastern Cape abt 540
* Northwest 622
* Eastern Cape 6 elephants
* Addo elephant park more than 400 elephants.

South Africa has a legal export of 60 elephant trophies a year. The cost of shooting an elephant is abt 20 000 US$.

The first elephant back safaris in SA was offered in 2002.

Internal relevant links

NameElephant collectionTypePlaceRegion
Addo Elephant Back Safaris
Kept totally 4 elephants
, 3 present (3,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathscampZuurburg
Addo Elephant National Park
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathswildPort ElizabethEastern Cape
Adventures With Elephants (Rory Hensman)
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births1 relocated0 deathscampBela BelaLimpopo
African Game Services (Ricardo Giazza)
Kept totally 27 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births27 relocated0 deathsdealerBrits
Askari Game Lodge (Plumari Africa game lodge)
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (2,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampMagaliesburg
Balule Nature Reserve
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathswildPhalaborwaLimpopo Province
Bayete Zulu Game Lodge
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (1,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampDurban, KwaZulu-Natal
Bloemfontein Zoo
Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)1 births3 relocated2 deathszooBloemfontein
Boswell Circus
Kept totally 10 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated9 deathscircus
Boswell-Wilkies Circus
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births3 relocated0 deathscircusRandvaal, Gauteng
Botlierskop game reserve
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 3 present (2,1)1 births0 relocated0 deathscamp
Brian Boswells Circus
Kept totally 17 elephants
, 2 present (0,2)0 births13 relocated2 deathscircusKwa-Zulu Natal
Camp Jabulani
Kept totally 21 elephants
, 21 present (8,12)2 births0 relocated0 deathscampHoedsprueit
Djuma Game Reserve
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 1 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathswildSabi Sand Reserve
Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (2,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampHazyview
Elephant Whispers
Kept totally 6 elephants
, 6 present (4,2)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampHazyview, Mpumalanga
Elephants for Africa Forever
Kept totally 18 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births18 relocated0 deathsprivateMooketsi
Elephants of Eden (EOE)
Kept totally 9 elephants
, 9 present (3,2)1 births0 relocated0 deathscampAlexandraEastern Cape
EOE rehab centre
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathssanctuary
Fillis Circus
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscircus
Garden Route Game Lodge
Kept totally 4 elephants
, 4 present (1,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateAlbertinia, Western Cape Province
Gondwana Big Five Game Reserve
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated1 deathscampMossel BayWestern Cape
Hammanskraal rehabilitation centre
Kept totally 9 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births8 relocated1 deathsorphanageHammanskraal
Hartbeespoort Elephant Sanctuary (Craig Saunders)
Kept totally 12 elephants
, 10 present (1,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathsprivateBrits
Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve
Kept totally 4 elephants
, 3 present (2,1)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateKwelera
Johannesburg Zoo
Kept totally 11 elephants
, 2 present (1,1)5 births2 relocated7 deathszooGauteng
John Brooker
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 3 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateNorthern Province
Knysna Elephant Park
Kept totally 28 elephants
, 16 present (6,10)7 births6 relocated6 deathsorphanageKnysna
Knysna forest
Kept totally 5 elephants
, 2 present (1,1)0 births2 relocated1 deathswild
Kruger National Park
Kept totally 122 elephants
, 4 present (3,1)134 births117 relocated1 deathswildKruger National Park
Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampHectorspruit, Mpumalanga
Kwantu Game Reserve
Kept totally 6 elephants
, 5 present (1,4)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivateGrahamstown
Lowhills Reserve
Kept totally 14 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)8 births8 relocated6 deathsprivateMpumalanga
Mabilingwe Game reserve
Kept totally 6 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births6 relocated0 deathswildBela Bela, Limpopo
Marakele National Park
Kept totally 14 elephants
, 13 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathswildWaterberg mountain, Limpopo Province
Mitchell Park Zoo
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooDurban
Natal Zoo Lion Park
Kept totally 7 elephants
, 3 present (0,3)0 births0 relocated4 deathszooKwa-Zulu Natal
Natal Zoological Gardens & Lion Park
Kept totally 4 elephants
, 3 present (0,3)0 births0 relocated1 deathszoo
Orion Safari Lodge (Hugo Ras)
Kept totally 11 elephants
, 7 present (1,3)0 births0 relocated4 deathscampRustenburg
P.J. Pretorius
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsNylstroom, Transvaal
Pagels Circus (William Pagel)
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscircus
Phinda Reserve
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKwaZulu-Natal province
Pilanesberg boma holding facility
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated1 deathscampPilanesberg
Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safaris
Kept totally 6 elephants
, 6 present (5,1)1 births0 relocated0 deathscampPilanesberg
Pilanesberg National Park
Kept totally 23 elephants
, 3 present (1,2)4 births10 relocated10 deathswildPilanesberg, North West Province
Pretoria Zoo
Kept totally 6 elephants
, 3 present (1,2)1 births0 relocated3 deathszooPretoria
Rudi Enders
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathscircus
Sabi Sands game reserve
Kept totally 4 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births4 relocated0 deathswild
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)1 births1 relocated0 deathswild
Sandhurst Safari Lodge
Kept totally 11 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)4 births11 relocated0 deathsprivateVryburg
Selati Game Reserve
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathswild
Shambala Game Reserve (Douw Steyn)
Kept totally 7 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)1 births7 relocated0 deathsprivateWaterberg, Limpopo
Shamwari Animal Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 3 present (1,2)0 births0 relocated0 deathsorphanagePort Elizabeth
Springs Zoo
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated2 deathszooSpringsGauteng
Tembe Elephant Park
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)2 births0 relocated2 deathswild
The Crags elephant sanctuary (Craig Saunders)
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivatePlettenberg Bay
The Ranch Hotel
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathscampPolokwane, Limpopo
Tshukudu Game Lodge
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathswildHoedspruit
Tygerberg Zoo
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooCape TownWestern Cape
Vereeniging Zoo
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated2 deathszooVereenigingGauteng
W H Wilkies Circus
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscircusAberdeen

Elephants born in South Africa without specified birth location

93 elephants with records of South Africa as birth or capture country.

NameSpeciesSexOriginBirthAgeCapturePresent locationDeath date
+ LisaLAFwild197344Zoo Miami (Miami Metro Zoo)2017-08-22
+ JunoLAFwild1980351982National Elephant Center U.S.A.2015-08-03
LitsembaLAFwild199028Tucson Reid Park Zoo (Randolph Park Zoo)
LungileLAFwild199127Tucson Reid Park Zoo (Randolph Park Zoo)
ThandiLAFwild199127International Conservation Center
SukiriLAFwild199325International Conservation Center
SeeniLAFwild199325International Conservation Center
MoshiLAFwild1976421978Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
SdudlaLAMwild1990282003Lowry Park Zoo
+ MamaLAFwild1970451972Dallas Zoo2015-05-13
MsholoLAMwild1989292003San Diego Safari Park (San Diego Wild Animal Park)
+ Goni (Beule)LAFwild1993241995Parc Zoologique de Amneville (Coulange Zoo)2017
+ Djomba (Dzomba)LAFwild1993-00-00191995Beekse Bergen Safaripark2012-03-14
+ LadybirdLAFwild1971431972Greenville Zoo2014-03-03
nonameLAwild200612Djuma Game Reserve
+ MishaLAFwild1981271982Hogle Zoo (Salt City Zoo)2008-09-09
BubaLAFwild1997212003Warsaw Zoo (Ogrod Zoologiczny Warsaw)
FryderykaLAFwild199721Warsaw Zoo (Ogrod Zoologiczny Warsaw)
+ ZulaLAFwild1997102003Warsaw Zoo (Ogrod Zoologiczny Warsaw)2007-01-28
+ KekeLAFwild1968401970Dallas Zoo2008-05-11
+ MoyaLAFwild199021San Diego Safari Park (San Diego Wild Animal Park)2011-11-17
SwaziLAFwild199028San Diego Safari Park (San Diego Wild Animal Park)
NdulaLAFwild199028San Diego Safari Park (San Diego Wild Animal Park)
UmnganiLAFwild1990281994?San Diego Safari Park (San Diego Wild Animal Park)
MatjekaLAFwild1991272003Lowry Park Zoo
MbaliLAFwild1989292003Lowry Park Zoo
ZolaLAFwild1995232002Zlin Lesna-Got Zoo (Zoologicka Garden & Chateau Zlin-Lesna)
UluLAFwild1996222002Zlin Lesna-Got Zoo (Zoologicka Garden & Chateau Zlin-Lesna)
KaliLAFwild1994242002Zlin Lesna-Got Zoo (Zoologicka Garden & Chateau Zlin-Lesna)
DaisyLAFwild198533Duisburg Zoo
Butch (Mickey)LAMwild1981371983EARS (Elephants of Africa Rescue Society)
Kinkle (Kinkel-in-die-kabel)LAMwild198335Johannesburg Zoo
+ SeferinoLAM198323Sevilla Exotic animals reserve Castillo de las Guardas2006-02-00
+ GretchenLAFwild1965331966Granby Zoo (Le Zoo de Granby)1998-09-06
JanaLAFwild198038Knoxville Zoo
JabulaniLAMwild199721Camp Jabulani
JumboLAMwild198731Santiago Zoo (Jardin Zoologico Nacional de Chile)
ProteaLAFwild198830Santiago Zoo (Jardin Zoologico Nacional de Chile)
Tattoo (Tatu, Tatoo)LAFwild1978401980Kansas City Zoo
+ JessieLAMwild1980141980Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary1994-10-25
LadyLAFwild1968501970Kansas City Zoo
+ Tribby (Tibby)LAFwild1977181979Cleveland Metroparks Zoo1995-11-11
+ MonguLAF197333Danzig Zoo (Zoo Gdansk)2006-08-19
+ Tebo (Ahu, Afu?)LAMwild198729Tobe Zoo (Tobe Dobutsuen)2016-04-14
Gaya (Rika, Rica)LAFwild198632Tobe Zoo (Tobe Dobutsuen)
+ Jenni (Jenny) LynLAFwild198830Thoiry Zoo (Parc de Thoiry)2018-07-31
ChristiLAFwild1986321987Hogle Zoo (Salt City Zoo)
+ Perkins (Billy)LAMwild1970241972Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo1994-11-12
+ KunoLAMwild19839Thoiry Zoo (Parc de Thoiry)1992-11-03
CarlLAMwild1982361985Tallinn Zoo
Draay (Drai)LAFwild1981371985Tallinn Zoo
FienLAFwild1981371985Tallinn Zoo
+ ChristyLAFwild1980291982Brookfield Zoo2009-12-22
+ Malayka (Malajka)LAFwild1971471974Basel Zoo2018-01-03
AnnaLAFwild1975431976Maryland Zoo
+ TotoLAFwild1968161968Western Plains Zoo1984-10-14
+ TeelaLAFwild1978161980North Carolina Zoo1994-05-30
+ ShambiLAMwild0Pilanesberg National Park
DurgaLAFwild1964541966Pilanesberg National Park
+ HannibalLAMwild197814Los Angeles Zoo1992-03-20
+ TangaLAMwild1976181978Wildlife Safari1994-11-15
Genny C (Timba)LAFwild1977411979Seneca Park Zoo
Lilac (Anjue)LAFwild1978401979Seneca Park Zoo
+ CookieLAFwild19773North Carolina Zoo1980-04-25
+ ZeldaLAFwild19773North Carolina Zoo1980-04-13
+ TinkerLAFwild1977131978North Carolina Zoo1990-10-07
+ NitaLAFwild197428North Carolina Zoo2002-10-10
+ GingerLAFwild196910International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)1979-04-27
+ KiddLAFwild196910International Animal Exchange (Ferndale)1979-04-27
+ MonicaLAFwild197338Virginia Zoo2011-04-27?
+ BillieLAFwild196810Paramounts Kings Dominion1978-09-24
+ MuddogLAFwild196825Paramounts Kings Dominion1993-06-08
+ GypsyLAFwild196823Paramounts Kings Dominion1991-08-15
+ OlgaLAFwild196830Riverbanks Zoological Park1998-06-30
+ MopaniLAM1972-1972Berlin Zoo
+ JojoLAFwild1970201972Lion Country Safari, Inc - Florida1990-06-15
+ TikiLAFwild1970401971Wildlife Safari2010-10-06
+ AliceLAFwild1970471971Wildlife Safari2017-01-31
StephanieLAFwild1971471972Sedgwick County Zoo
+ Cinda (Cynda, Mzuri)LAFwild1971431972Sedgwick County Zoo2014-11-05
MasaLAFwild1969-12-0149Howletts Wild Animal Park
+ VickyLAFwild1969201969Denver Zoo1989-02-11
+ SaraLAFwild1962-00-00511964Rostock Zoo2013-11-20
+ JudyLAFwild196071961San Francisco Zoo1967-11-16
+ BimboLAMwild1949-02-000Trefflichs Bird and Animal Company (Henry Trefflich)1949-07-10
Ezulwini (wild)LAMwild?Balule Nature Reserve
+ Shoshangane (wild)LAMwild>1971?Balule Nature Reserve2016-02-00
Steve (wild)LAMwild?Phinda Reserve
+ ShakaLAMwild?Serendib Elephant Project2008-04-00
+ LilyLAFwild0Circus Medrano (Raoul Gibault Cirque Medrano)
LolaLAFwild200315Natal Zoological Gardens & Lion Park
+ MaryLAFwild0Circus Medrano (Raoul Gibault Cirque Medrano)
+ nonameLAFwild?Djuma Game Reserve2009-10-04
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