Category Archives: General Animals

Zeta and Nungu reunited

Share this article… When Zeta the zebra first arrived at the centre Skaap the sheep was her companion, but when Zeta was old enough the two were separated. One day when Zeta was grazing she came across Nungu the sheep, and an instant bond was formed. Wherever one would be, the other would be following closely; and if anyone came between them Zeta made sure they were aware of her…
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HESC participates in an anti-rabies campaign

Share this article… The Humane Society International and Activating Africa collaborated on a rabies awareness and vaccination project, to compile the required resources that will help streamline the efforts of those working to stop the spread of rabies. Rabies is a viral illness that can affect humans and other mammals. The virus infects the central nervous system and, once individuals show signs of the disease, it’s almost always fatal. Any…
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Honours student, Bruce Crossey, conducts research on wild dogs at HESC

Share this article… We recently hosted Bruce Crossey, an Honours student from the University of Pretoria, who was here to do some research on the stress levels of wild dogs in captivity and how it plays a role on their overall health and behavior. Bruce worked closely with our curator, Natasha, to collect samples of the wild dog fecal matter. This will be used to test the level of glucocorticoid steroid…
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Shawu and his blanket

Share this article… Many who have been following Shawu’s story, our orphaned elephant, would have noticed that whenever the curators feed him his bottle there is usually a blanket that is hanging on a tree in front of him. The blanket was introduced during Shawu’s early days as a source of comfort and for him to notice when it was feeding time. So, whenever one of the curators hangs up…
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The Spotted Eagle Owl returns to HESC

Share this article… Almost a year ago we reported that the female spotted eagle owl we had released back into the wild had returned to the centre. Since being released this owl has remained in the area, often returning around September/ October to breed. Spotted eagle owls don’t often build their own nests, and instead prefer finding a spot that is hollowed out where they can safely lay their eggs….
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