Category Archives: Veterinary

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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The innocent life of a Barn Owl, lost to cruelty.

Working in a rehabilitation centre such as HESC, we get the chance to save many lives of animals that are brought into our care. These are the best times for us. Then there are the harder days, like today. When we aren’t able to make things right. And these days weigh so heavily on our hearts. Especially when the patient was hurt deliberately. Earlier today, an owl was brought into…
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Our little Bushpig Patient at HESC

We took in a new patient at HESC recently, the sweetest little female Bushpig, who was not more than three months old, when she arrived. Our centre got the call on the 29th July, that an injured bushpig had been found, and was in badly injured. Our General manager, Karen Swiegers, went to go fetch the little patient straight away. We called in wildlife vet, Dr Peter Rogers, to take a…
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Male Cheetah at HESC has a minor encounter with a Sable Antelope

A few days ago, one of the HESC curators noticed that one of the male cheetahs was wounded. After some investigation, it was clear that the cheetah had managed to get into the Sables camp, and must have been attached in defense, by the Sable Antelope. We took the cheetah to leading wildlife vet, Dr Peter Rogers, to examine him, and luckily the wound was not too serious, it had…
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Update: Donsie the Blue Crane

Donsie the Bluecrane, has been with us at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) for a while now. She was attacked by a bird of prey and broke her wing. Despite valuable efforts of everyone involved, Donsie’s rehabilitation did not go as planned. Along with this, a sore developed on her leg which struggled to heal and worsened her overall condition. The decision was made to keep Donsie at HESC as…
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