Category Archives: Orphans

Update on Lula, our most recent rhino arrival

Share this article…Lula when she first arrived at HESC Lula arrived on 12 February at HESC and was placed in the boma area next door to that of the other younger rhino orphans. She was initially kept separately to give her a chance to calm down, and so she could get use to the humans tending to her. On the first night she spent with us, she was stressed (rightfully…
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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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HESC receives another orphaned rhino calf

Share this article… On the evening of the 12th February 2016 we took custody of a new rhino calf. She had been found next to her dead mother’s carcass, who was suspected to have been shot dead three days prior at a neighbouring property. Two gunshots were heard on Thursday evening at around 19:20 and rangers set out to investigate, but couldn’t find anything. After about two to three days,…
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Update on our rhino -
 December 2016

Share this article…Gertjie, Matimba and Philippa Stompie and Balu With the arrival of baby elephant Shawu late in November last year we decided to move Olivia, Khulula and Nhlanhla to Stompie and Balu’s boma. Initially the two sets of rhinos were kept in separate enclosures so we could monitor how they would get along in close proximity. This also allowed them to get use to each other, without being in “each…
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A brief update on Shawu

Share this article… Our baby elephant, Shawu, is doing incredibly well – the little boy now weighs 120kg. He drinks just over a litre of milk every 2 hours during the day; and 1.3 litres of milk every 3 hours during the night. Feeding time Elephant grooms, Stavros and Joshua, are definitely kept busy and still take turns to watch him 24/7. They take him on daily walks so he…
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