Category Archives: Orphans

Why does Mopane eat elephant dung?

Many a curious eyebrow is raised, when people learn that Mopane, an orphaned elephant calf at HESC, often enjoys eating a decent portion of fresh adult elephant dung. It may sound strange, but it is a natural phenomena called “coprophagia” that is seen in many animals, not only elephants, whereby they eat the feces of their elders.  It is most common in baby elephants that are transitioning from drinking only milk…
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MOPANE RECEIVES A DRIP AND BLOOD TRANSFUSION, OCT 2018

The past two weeks have been tough for orphaned elephant Mopane, who we estimate to be around 11 months old now. This little elephant is normally so full of inquisitive energy and high spirits, that it was a huge concern and scare, when his condition started to change. Mopane showed a decline in his energy levels, which was a result of a loss of appetite. He would not finish his…
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Mopane passes the 200KG mark!

Orphaned elephant Mopane has passed the 200KG mark. Over the past month he has gained a healthy 24Kg, bringing his weight to 219KG. He is now officially too big to sit on any of his carer’s laps like he used to do! Hard to think he weighted just 78KG when he first arrived at HESC, after being found wandering alone, with no herd in sight. The days are a lot…
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Orphaned elephant, Mopane’s new colourful handknitted blanket from “Raising Rhinos”.

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 Wild Dogs…
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MOPANE’S WEIGHT PROGRESS SINCE HE ARRIVED AT HESC

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 how he…
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