Category Archives: Veterinary

Our young rhinos, Stompie, Nhlanhla and Lula are de-horned

Share this article…Stompie On Friday, 19 May, we continued with the process of dehorning our rhinos. This time, it was Stompie, Nhlanhla and Lula’s turn. As these three are still young, and their horns aren’t like those of fully-grown rhinos; we remove the excess horn to ensure the little ones’ safety. Dr Rogers and his team, along with Lyle Wiggens from Limpopo Nature Conservation and the HESC team made their…
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Rhino cows, Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell; and rhino bulls, Gertjie and Matimba are dehorned

Share this article…Dingle Dell On Thursday 11 May, our older rhino cows, Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell; as well as ‘rhino’ brothers, Gertjie and Matimba were dehorned. As usual, Dr Rogers and his team were present, and so was Lyle Wiggens from Nature Conservation, Limpopo Province to oversee the procedure. As you may recall, we also recently dehorned Balu, Khulula and Olivia. Click here to read about their dehorning. Dingle Dell…
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Our rhino orphans are de-horned

Share this article…Balu in the shade after his procedure As our baby rhinos grow, so does their horns. This is a major concern as rhinos are targeted by poachers for their keratin-filled horns, which they believe have some magical healing properties! THIS IS NOT TRUE! For some time now management and the anti-poaching unit have been concerned about the safety of the young orphans, especially as would-be poachers are relentless…
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Injured wild dog brought to HESC

Share this article… The Veterinary clinic at HESC, with its animal hospital (containing recuperation and quarantine facilities), is widely recognized as one of the best facilities to treat sick and injured wild animals. This facility was once again put to good use when, on the 12th of January, an injured wild dog was brought in to HESC. He had been severely bitten in the dorsal area (haunch/hind legs) and needed…
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Lion’s Den’s small wound is treated

Share this article… Earlier this month Dr Rogers came to HESC to vaccinate our rhinos against anthrax. The easiest and less disruptive way to do this is by darting the animals. The dart is designed to vaccinate them and to then fall out automatically so that the animals can carry on with their day as usual. A few days following the vaccinations our curator, Linri, noticed a tiny septic wound…
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