Category Archives: Elephants

Why does Mopane eat elephant dung?

Many a curious eyebrow is raised, when people learn that Mopane, an orphaned elephant calf at HESC, often enjoys eating a decent portion of fresh adult elephant dung. It may sound strange, but it is a natural phenomena called “coprophagia” that is seen in many animals, not only elephants, whereby they eat the feces of their elders.  It is most common in baby elephants that are transitioning from drinking only milk…
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MOPANE RECEIVES A DRIP AND BLOOD TRANSFUSION, OCT 2018

The past two weeks have been tough for orphaned elephant Mopane, who we estimate to be around 11 months old now. This little elephant is normally so full of inquisitive energy and high spirits, that it was a huge concern and scare, when his condition started to change. Mopane showed a decline in his energy levels, which was a result of a loss of appetite. He would not finish his…
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Mopane passes the 200KG mark!

Orphaned elephant Mopane has passed the 200KG mark. Over the past month he has gained a healthy 24Kg, bringing his weight to 219KG. He is now officially too big to sit on any of his carer’s laps like he used to do! Hard to think he weighted just 78KG when he first arrived at HESC, after being found wandering alone, with no herd in sight. The days are a lot…
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Meet Elephant Carer – Israel Shambira

His jovial face and beaming smile, makes Israel Shambira a very hard person to forget. That paired with his undeniable passion for his work, makes him a real asset to our orphaned elephant care team. Israel adores every minute that he has, caring for Mopane.  He stresses how important it is to have a close connection to a baby elephant and for them to have constant love surrounding them, with sincere connections,…
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Mopane weighs in at 180KG – July 2018

Last month, in June, we updated our blog with orphaned elephant Mopane’s latest weight of 152KG. A month later, in July, (which is seven months since his arrival at HESC), we are please with his current weight, 180KG!  This little elephant is showing a good steady pace of growth, and all signs of good health. He loves spending quality time in the winter sun,  out in the bush, with his team of…
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