Ultrasound performed on Shawu’s trunk

A while back Shawu’s carers noticed him frequently stepping on his trunk and also unusually swinging it around or bumping it against objects. We were unsure whether this was just the result of excessive itching or whether something else was bothering him. The initial treatment procedure was conservative, and he was put on antibiotics, additional vitamins and treated symptomatically. Just when we thought he was getting better and drinking stronger…
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Our rhino orphans are de-horned

Balu in the shade after his procedure As our baby rhinos grow, so does their horns. This is a major concern as rhinos are targeted by poachers for their keratin-filled horns, which they believe have some magical healing properties! THIS IS NOT TRUE! For some time now management and the anti-poaching unit have been concerned about the safety of the young orphans, especially as would-be poachers are relentless in their…
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HESC Thank you – March 2017

We are unbelievably grateful to everyone that has supported us by making donations towards the animals at the centre. Your generosity is truly appreciated. The Platter Project Our friends from The Platter Project recently made another donation towards the animals at the centre. Wendy Mitchell and her friends got together to raise funds for a meaningful gift (donation and platter in return) for their dear friend’s 50th birthday. Instead of…
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HESC rescues leopard cub

On Wednesday 8 March, we received a call from Musina, a town in the northernmost part of Limpopo Province. HESC was requested to come to the rescue of a baby leopard that had been spotted in a big tree. People working nearby had been keeping an eye on the little one to see if the mother was anywhere in the vicinity. After a few days without a sign of the mother,…
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Update on Lula, our most recent rhino arrival

Lula when she first arrived at HESC Lula arrived on 12 February at HESC and was placed in the boma area next door to that of the other younger rhino orphans. She was initially kept separately to give her a chance to calm down, and so she could get use to the humans tending to her. On the first night she spent with us, she was stressed (rightfully so) and…
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