Category Archives: Veterinary

Update: Donsie the Blue Crane

Share this article…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…
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Update: Mopane the elephant

Share this article…The month of March was a difficult time for Mopane. Several updates were posted on Social Media regarding Mopane and his health: During the early days of the month, Mopane was on a drip to keep him hydrated. The heat in Limpopo worsened the situation and his fluid intake was not as desired. Further tests included blood samples taken and a faecal swab. Dr Hamish Currie, who joined…
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Rescuing Simba the lion cub

Share this article…The blockbuster movie Lion King made an impression on us all. Big and small were all touched by the heart wrenching story and colourful characters. Now, the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) has its own Lion King story to tell:  how fitting that their lion cub was named after the one and only Simba. The centre received a phone call from the Kruger National Park, close to Phalaborwa…
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Happy feet: Mopane Update

Share this article…Mopane, the baby elephant at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), is doing extremely well. Arriving at the centre at 78kg, it is heart-warming to report that this little guy now weighs 93kg. Mopane still receives a bottle every 3 hours and is still being cared for around the clock. Dr Johan Marais, CEO of Saving The Survivors and veterinary surgeon, was brought in as consultant when Lions…
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Wild Dog Arrival

Share this article…On Saturday morning, 27 January 2018, this wild dog was found lying next to the R40 road after being hit by a car. Both her femur and humerus had a fracture. After the XRays, drip, antibiotics and painkillers she was taken to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) for the weekend. Dr. Rogers (left), Linri Janse Van Rensburg (right), Janelle Goodrich (behind) On Monday, Dr Sampie Ras did…
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