Category Archives: Orphans

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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HESC celebrates World Elephant Day – 12 August 2017

Share this article… Today, 12 August, is World Elephant Day. It’s a day for focusing attention on the plight of the elephant species, and the need for its protection. The escalation of poaching for ivory; habitat loss; human-elephant conflict; and mistreatment of animals in captivity are just some of the threats faced by these gentle giants. Although HESC is not an elephant sanctuary or orphanage; we are dedicated to the conservation…
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Our young rhinos, Stompie, Nhlanhla and Lula are de-horned

Share this article…Stompie On Friday, 19 May, we continued with the process of dehorning our rhinos. This time, it was Stompie, Nhlanhla and Lula’s turn. As these three are still young, and their horns aren’t like those of fully-grown rhinos; we remove the excess horn to ensure the little ones’ safety. Dr Rogers and his team, along with Lyle Wiggens from Limpopo Nature Conservation and the HESC team made their…
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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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Our rhino orphans are de-horned

Share this article…Balu in the shade after his procedure As our baby rhinos grow, so does their horns. This is a major concern as rhinos are targeted by poachers for their keratin-filled horns, which they believe have some magical healing properties! THIS IS NOT TRUE! For some time now management and the anti-poaching unit have been concerned about the safety of the young orphans, especially as would-be poachers are relentless…
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