Tag Archives: Animal rehabilitation

Update on HESC baby elephant: Mopane

Share this article…The baby elephant Mopane, arrived at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) on 8 December, 2017 – extremely dehydrated, an infected navel and a suspected sprained ankle.  HESC has been ensuring round the clock care and Mopane has come a long way. Mopane weighed in at 78kg upon his arrival and has since then picked up 6 kg. He now weighs a healthier 84kgs. His navel infection has…
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Back to the wild – the Caracal release

Share this article…Due to the Caracal’s geographical distribution that ranges over a wide range of environments, the animal experiences different threats and thus has a variety of population trends. The species is considered as “Least Concerned” (LC) in the Arabian Peninsula (Mallon and Budd 2011) but contrary, it has already vanished in Kuwait (Cowan 2013) and is on the verge of extinction in North Africa (Cuzin 2003, F. Belbachir, pers….
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Latest addition – Mopane arrives!

Share this article…The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) received a call that a little baby elephant was found wondering on his own in the Kruger National Park, close to Phalaborwa. Karien Keet, the warden, was notified and a plan to rescue him was put into action. They found the elephant to be dehydrated and thirsty but on 8 December the 3-4 week old baby arrived. Gary – a curator with…
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Back to the wild – Our wild dogs release

Share this article…At the beginning of the year an injured wild dog was transported to HESC and was treated by Dr Rogers. He had been severely bitten in the dorsal area (haunch/hind legs) and needed veterinary care. Dr Rogers darted the animal and stitched him up before placing him in quarantine – this is where we keep all animals in need of high care treatment. The full story on the…
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Peas and carrots – the story of David and Esme

Share this article…It is astonishing to think that a little creature of around 50kg arrived at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center and that they eventually grow to weigh an estimated two tons. The arrival of Esme and the fragility of her story has crept into the hearts of many as it carries the plight of her species forward. Rhino poaching continues to be driven by the demand for rhino horn…
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