Tag Archives: Animal Conservation

Orphaned baby elephant successfully introduced to Jabulani herd

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 we have…
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HESC cheetahs released at Air Force Base are thriving

Two male cheetahs released by HESC at the Air Force Base Makhado (formerly known as Air Force Base Louis Trichardt) in December 2017 have adapted well to their new surroundings. The base is situated in a remote wilderness area of close on 2 600 ha where animals roam free. The cheetahs were donated and released with the purpose of keeping the runways clear of small game to ensure a safe…
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Raising an elephant

Anyone who has had the privilege to have had children will tell you that raising a baby, is far from easy. Human children need to be fed quality food for continual and optimal growth. A baby elephant is not much different and in many ways caretakers at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) note the same challenges. Arriving at HESC, usually underfed, dehydrated and tired, the very first challenge is…
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Earth day – 22 April

In the 1970’s a movement arose in the United States of America (USA) that saw the environmental complications pushed to the foreground of the country. Thousands of schools, communities, colleges, and universities organised peaceful protests against the deterioration of the environment, as 22 April marked their spring. People were allowed out into the sun and more significantly, light shone on their current issue: air pollution. Air pollution is ranked of…
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The introduction of Shawu to the Jabulani elephant herd – by Adine Roode

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 on the…
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