Tag Archives: Orphaned elephant

Update on orphaned elephants Raekie and Mopane – February 2019

Four months have passed by since little Raekie, an orphaned elephant, arrived at HESC, having been found wandering on her own in the Imfolozi Game Reserve. She was estimated to be two months old and weighed 90Kg’s. Although her circumstances were terribly sad, it was extremely fortunate timing for both her and Mopane that they had a chance to be company for one another at HESC. Two elephants calves that…
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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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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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