Category Archives: Elephants

The introduction of Shawu to the Jabulani elephant herd – by Adine Roode

Share this article…I’m sharing this story from two perspectives – mine and that of Tigere Matipedza. Adine Roode Shawu walked for over 18 km, leaving HESC just after sunrise. It was a brisk walk with stops in between to drink water, take mud baths and rest his feet. I was so proud of him and how amazingly well he coped on the walk. I could see that his daily walks…
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Another successful introduction of an elephant orphan to the Camp Jabulani herd – By Adine Roode

Share this article…Our little orphaned elephant Shawu was accepted by the Jabulani herd on Saturday, 7 April 2018, making it the fourth orphaned calf that was successfully introduced to and accepted by the Jabulani herd. Shawu was found wandering alone along the R40 road between Klaserie and Hoedspruit in November 2016. We were contacted to take custody of this baby elephant as he was distressed, thirsty and hungry and we…
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A day in the life of Shawu

Share this article…Shawu, once found wondering on his own, has made remarkable strides at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC). Currently, he is the little elephant with a very big attitude and it is unbelievable to think that a warm blanket once kept him company. That, is no longer the case. Shawu is stretching his legs and fast on his way to becoming the next best thing. Have you ever…
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Update: Mopane the elephant

Share this article…The month of March was a difficult time for Mopane. Several updates were posted on Social Media regarding Mopane and his health: During the early days of the month, Mopane was on a drip to keep him hydrated. The heat in Limpopo worsened the situation and his fluid intake was not as desired. Further tests included blood samples taken and a faecal swab. Dr Hamish Currie, who joined…
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Happy feet: Mopane Update

Share this article…Mopane, the baby elephant at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), is doing extremely well. Arriving at the centre at 78kg, it is heart-warming to report that this little guy now weighs 93kg. Mopane still receives a bottle every 3 hours and is still being cared for around the clock. Dr Johan Marais, CEO of Saving The Survivors and veterinary surgeon, was brought in as consultant when Lions…
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