Category Archives: General Animals

HESC rescues leopard cub

Share this article… 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…
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Orphaned elephants, Shawu and Timisa, get blood transfusions

Share this article…  The youngest elephants in our care both recently underwent blood transfusions. Shawu is a young orphaned elephant that was brought to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) last November, after he was found wandering around on his own. Timisa, another orphaned baby elephant, was brought to Camp Jabulani in November as well, by Elephants Alive. It has been hectic the past few months as we moved between the two…
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Winston the warthog

Share this article… On the morning of the 6th January 2017, HESC received an orphaned warthog from Phalaborwa. We don’t have any information on how the piglet was left orphaned. He was named Winston. When this baby first arrived, he drank 20ml of milk 6 times a day (that is, every 3 hours). Unfortunately, two days after his arrival he developed a slight diarrhea so his milk was reduced by…
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Orphaned baby nyala at HESC

Share this article… Last November, Dr Rogers brought in a nyala calf to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) that was approximately a week old. Her mom was sadly killed by a buffalo. She weighed 6,2 kg on arrival, and took her first bottle that evening at 11pm, drinking 62 ml. The nyala was Initially aggressive when first introduced to Moo, the sheep; but by the next day the two had…
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An update on Shawu – February 2017

Share this article… Shawu is doing great, but just like with any infant he requires special care and attention.  There’s actually a lot that could go wrong with a baby elephant, especially considering that he’s not able to feed from his mother and get the nutrients found only in her milk. Although we give him milk formula, this can never replace his mother’s milk and this places him at a…
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