Jobaan is a 42 year old female working elephant involved in
tourism. Her life has been far from a happy one, having lost
three of her calves. Hard work and lack of adequate
protection has doomed her infants.
She lost her first calf in the early 1990's a few months
into her pregnancy. Hard work from transporting heavy
tourists was to blame.
work and lack of adequate protection has doomed her
In 1995 she was pregnant again. The usual pregnancy
for an elephant is 22 months and she duely delivered a
healthy male calf in 1997. Her baby was kept in a pen
where she was on show to tourists. The camp sold food to
feed mother and baby. The baby was disturbed by
frequently being touched and stroked by visitors who did
not know they were causing distress to the youngster.
Mother was back at work after one short month with her
thirsty baby following her over this hills and rivers.
The calf was hungry and weary during these tiresome
walks. Her mother, naturally, had no time to look after
her treasured offspring.
Jobaan sniffs around the area, perhaps looking for a suitable