Tag Archives: Elephant

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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Shawu and his blanket

Share this article… Many who have been following Shawu’s story, our orphaned elephant, would have noticed that whenever the curators feed him his bottle there is usually a blanket that is hanging on a tree in front of him. The blanket was introduced during Shawu’s early days as a source of comfort and for him to notice when it was feeding time. So, whenever one of the curators hangs up…
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HESC celebrates World Elephant Day – 12 August 2017

Share this article… Today, 12 August, is World Elephant Day. It’s a day for focusing attention on the plight of the elephant species, and the need for its protection. The escalation of poaching for ivory; habitat loss; human-elephant conflict; and mistreatment of animals in captivity are just some of the threats faced by these gentle giants. Although HESC is not an elephant sanctuary or orphanage; we are dedicated to the conservation…
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Update on Shawu

Share this article… Little Shawu is doing great and continues to thrive in our care. Here’s an update of what he’s been getting up to over the last month. To ensure that Shawu keeps active, he goes for daily walks twice a day – in the mornings after his 6am bottle feed and around 4pm when it’s cooler. Lammie usually accompanies Shawu and his keeper, but sometimes he does take…
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Ultrasound performed on Shawu’s trunk

Share this article… A while back Shawu’s carers noticed him frequently stepping on his trunk and also unusually swinging it around or bumping it against objects. We were unsure whether this was just the result of excessive itching or whether something else was bothering him. The initial treatment procedure was conservative, and he was put on antibiotics, additional vitamins and treated symptomatically. Just when we thought he was getting better…
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