Tag Archives: Elephant

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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Another successful introduction of an elephant orphan to the Camp Jabulani herd – By Adine Roode

Our little orphaned elephant Shawu was accepted by the Jabulani herd on Saturday, 7 April 2018, making it the fourth orphaned calf that was successfully introduced to and accepted by the Jabulani herd. Shawu was found wandering alone along the R40 road between Klaserie and Hoedspruit in November 2016. We were contacted to take custody of this baby elephant as he was distressed, thirsty and hungry and we have the…
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A day in the life of Shawu

Shawu, once found wondering on his own, has made remarkable strides at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC). Currently, he is the little elephant with a very big attitude and it is unbelievable to think that a warm blanket once kept him company. That, is no longer the case. Shawu is stretching his legs and fast on his way to becoming the next best thing. Have you ever wondered what…
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World-renowned sculptor visits Camp Jabulani and HESC

American sculptor and animal lover Liza Todd-Tivey is visiting Camp Jabulani and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) – for the second time. Recognised internationally in particular as a foremost equestrian sculptor, she is also valued as a sculptor of elephants, or rather one specific little elephant, by Lente Roode, founder of HESC and Camp Jabulani. During her previous visit to Camp Jabulani, Liza was introduced to Shawu, the little…
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Update on HESC baby elephant: Mopane

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 also healed…
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