Latest addition – Mopane arrives!

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) received a call that a little baby elephant was found wondering on his own in the Kruger National Park, close to Phalaborwa. Karien Keet, the warden, was notified and a plan to rescue him was put into action. They found the elephant to be dehydrated and thirsty but on 8 December the 3-4 week old baby arrived. Gary – a curator with Mopane While…
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Back to the wild – Our wild dogs release

At the beginning of the year an injured wild dog was transported to HESC and was treated by Dr Rogers. He had been severely bitten in the dorsal area (haunch/hind legs) and needed veterinary care. Dr Rogers darted the animal and stitched him up before placing him in quarantine – this is where we keep all animals in need of high care treatment. The full story on the arrival can…
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Peas and carrots – the story of David and Esme

It is astonishing to think that a little creature of around 50kg arrived at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center and that they eventually grow to weigh an estimated two tons. The arrival of Esme and the fragility of her story has crept into the hearts of many as it carries the plight of her species forward. Rhino poaching continues to be driven by the demand for rhino horn in Asian…
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Did you know… elephant ears

Did you know?: The ears of an elephant have a very important role of regulating temperature; by flapping their ears they are able to cool themselves down. They also use their ears to make themselves look more threatening when faced with danger. This is achieved by spreading them wide and increasing the appearance of the frontal area to make themselves look bigger. That is not the only captivating fact about…
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Rescued Porcupine Elvis

Can you imagine being described as a thorny pig? This word was derived from the Middle French word, porc d’espine and that pretty much sums up this little boy: It is interesting to note that when a porcupine feels threatened, it tenses up and attacks predators with its tail, embedding quills into their skin. It merely creates the illusion that quills are shot out, when loose quills fall out after the attack. These…
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