Khensani Ngobeni is one of these people. She works for HERD elephant orphanage in South Africa, where she works as a carer, helping to rehabilitate orphaned elephants so that they can live a healthy, happy life back in a wild environment one day.
Khensani is an important member of the ‘human herd’ that provides the orphaned elephants with the care they need, offering them protection, security and comfort. Khensani joined HERD as a Trainee Carer, and her personality and nature made her fit perfectly into the human herd; she is soft, strong, intuitive and kind.
Khensani grew up in a township in the Mpumalanga province in South Africa, which is close to HERD. When Khensani heard of the opportunity to work with orphaned elephants, she took it and hasn’t looked back. Khensani always knew that she wanted to work in a field of helping others, and worked hard to secure the permanent position of Junior Carer at HERD.
When we met Khensani, we also met one of the orphaned elephants that she cares for at HERD – little Khanyisa.
As one of two female carers at HERD, Khensani is demonstrating how women can successfully work in elephant conservation, not only using their knowledge and skills to help orphaned elephants survive, but also using their maternal nature to give the orphans the emotional support they desperately need after being cruelly separated from their mother. Khensani is playing an important part in Khanyisa’s life, providing her with the comfort and care she needs to get through this difficult time of her young life.
Khensani is a true inspiration, and is the perfect example of how a woman can achieve her dreams, even at such a young age. We’re sure that the young girls from Khensani’s community see her as a role model, and know that they can also reach their goals, secure the career they want, and be who they want to be.
We feel excited for Khensani, as she has her entire career ahead of her and we can only imagine that she will help so many elephants in need in the years to come.
We are so glad that Khanyisa has someone like Khensani to care for her. They are on a journey together, growing from strength to strength – Khanyisa is becoming stronger and healthier, whilst Khensani is becoming more knowledgeable and experienced.