Category Archives: General Animals

The story of resident lions, Scar and Mufasa

Share this article…Scar and Mufasa Scar and Mufasa are the resident lions at HESC. As you might have already guessed, they were named after the iconic brothers in The Lion King movie. These two brothers are about 6/7 years old and were born to Piet (father) and Lucky (mother) who were also residents at HESC. Although the circumstances that had led to the arrival of Piet and Lucky at HESC…
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Ultrasound performed on Shawu’s trunk

Share this article… A while back Shawu’s carers noticed him frequently stepping on his trunk and also unusually swinging it around or bumping it against objects. We were unsure whether this was just the result of excessive itching or whether something else was bothering him. The initial treatment procedure was conservative, and he was put on antibiotics, additional vitamins and treated symptomatically. Just when we thought he was getting better…
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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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