Category Archives: General Animals

Rescued Porcupine Elvis

Share this article…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…
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The environmental importance of the vulture restaurant at HESC

Share this article… The vulture restaurant at HESC might be for some a difficult sight to absorb and odour to handle. However, this ‘pit of bones’ is very important from a conservation point of view. Many people may not be aware that most of the vulture species are endangered. And should nothing be done to try to save them, this could have a severe impact on the environment. The vulture…
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Update on orphaned elephant, Shawu

Share this article… In our previous blog about Shawu we mentioned how attached he was to his ‘comfort blanket’. However, now that he continues to grow stronger this is no longer the case. Shawu is still on milk formula and drinks 2.5 litres every 3 hours. His uncontainable excitement can be seen whenever it’s feeding time, and he sees the curators approaching with his milk. He comes running out from the…
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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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