Tag Archives: Elephant

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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A brief update on Shawu

Share this article… Our baby elephant, Shawu, is doing incredibly well – the little boy now weighs 120kg. He drinks just over a litre of milk every 2 hours during the day; and 1.3 litres of milk every 3 hours during the night. Feeding time Elephant grooms, Stavros and Joshua, are definitely kept busy and still take turns to watch him 24/7. They take him on daily walks so he…
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Our orphaned baby elephant is named

Share this article… The little orphan baby elephant that we’ve been taking care of the past week and a half now has a name. We are pleased to introduce you to Shawu. Mrs Lente Roode has ​named the little elephant after one of the seven bulls which used to roam the Kruger National Park. Shawu has taken well to his milk and ​is feeding vigorously. We’ve now found a formula which seems to…
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