Category Archives: Orphans

Orphaned elephant, Mopane’s new colourful handknitted blanket from “Raising Rhinos”.

Share this article…Mopane, an orphaned elephant in our care at HESC, received the most thoughtful gift from two young and kind hearted young little ladies, named Phoebee & Baylee Roberts They brought this colourful hand knitted blanket for Mopane, with the initials “RR” stitched into it, standing for their organisation “Rescued Rhino’s” For some time now, Phoebee and Baylee have dedicated much of their spare time to raising money for the Rescued Rhinos and…
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MOPANE’S WEIGHT PROGRESS SINCE HE ARRIVED AT HESC

Share this article…In December 2017, little Mopane, an orphaned elephant arrived at HESC in bad shape, and weighing in at only 78kg.  This tough little guy has really come a long way, and as we stand he is now weighing 135kg, just 5 months later. We thought we would create this dedicated blog, which we will update monthly, tracking his weigh-in’s in one place, with a couple of photo’s highlighting…
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Orphaned baby elephant successfully introduced to Jabulani herd

Share this article…A baby elephant that has been in the care of the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) for the past 16 months, was successfully introduced to the resident Jabulani herd early April, and will remain with the herd going forward. The little elephant, whom we named Shawu, was found wandering on his own, along the R40 between Klaserie and Hoedspruit in November 2016.  He was brought to HESC, where…
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The introduction of Shawu to the Jabulani elephant herd – by Adine Roode

Share this article…I’m sharing this story from two perspectives – mine and that of Tigere Matipedza. Adine Roode Shawu walked for over 18 km, leaving HESC just after sunrise. It was a brisk walk with stops in between to drink water, take mud baths and rest his feet. I was so proud of him and how amazingly well he coped on the walk. I could see that his daily walks…
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A day in the life of Shawu

Share this article…Shawu, once found wondering on his own, has made remarkable strides at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC). Currently, he is the little elephant with a very big attitude and it is unbelievable to think that a warm blanket once kept him company. That, is no longer the case. Shawu is stretching his legs and fast on his way to becoming the next best thing. Have you ever…
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