We are very happy to announce that Shamwari Game Reserve has a new baby elephant. The little female calf was born on the 30th of July and is fit and healthy, though still a bit unstable on her feet. During the last few weeks, she has already learned so many new things from her mother, older brother and other members of the family. She loves dust bathing with her mom and exploring the fresh water of the Bushman’s River that meanders through the beautiful landscape of Shamwari.

The herd is very protective over the youngster and if any danger approaches in the form of a lion or an elephant bull they create a shield and make sure the danger is chased away as soon as possible.


Life for this little elephant is all about exploring the bush, from smelling the different aromatic scents of the plants to meeting the other creatures sharing the environment with her. But most importantly, she’s trying to work out what the dangling appendage on her face is for.


She’s never too far away from the protection of mom and the nutritious milk that will help her grow into the big personality we can already envisage for her. We will keep a close eye on this little gem and update you on her adventures.


Browse through our baby elephant photo series here, to see more of Shamwari’s elephant calves.