Category Archives: Mopane – orphaned elephant

Meet Natasha Roscherr, our Assistant Animal Curator at HESC

Natasha assists Head Curator Linri Janse van Rensburg in caring for the animals at HESC. This may sound simple, but considering that we have so many different species of different ages and with different needs, it is more complex than one thinks. She checks on all the animals daily, assists with feeding them and providing water and makes sure that they are healthy and well. By detecting a problem early…
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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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From 78Kg’s to 247Kg’s: A year since orphaned elephant Mopane was brought into our care.

It has been a year since orphaned elephant Mopane was first brought into our care at HESC. He arrived on 8 December 2017, after being found wandering on his own in the Kruger National Park, near Phalaborwa, at an estimated three to four weeks old.  This young and scared elephant calf weighed a mere 78Kg’s (172lbs), and was badly dehydrated, but fortunately he had already drank some water from the team…
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Why does Mopane eat elephant dung?

Many a curious eyebrow is raised, when people learn that Mopane, an orphaned elephant calf at HESC, often enjoys eating a decent portion of fresh adult elephant dung. It may sound strange, but it is a natural phenomena called “coprophagia” that is seen in many animals, not only elephants, whereby they eat the feces of their elders.  It is most common in baby elephants that are transitioning from drinking only milk…
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MOPANE RECEIVES A DRIP AND BLOOD TRANSFUSION, OCT 2018

The past two weeks have been tough for orphaned elephant Mopane, who we estimate to be around 11 months old now. This little elephant is normally so full of inquisitive energy and high spirits, that it was a huge concern and scare, when his condition started to change. Mopane showed a decline in his energy levels, which was a result of a loss of appetite. He would not finish his…
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