Category Archives: Orphans

A quick update on Esme

A quick update on Esme and her movements at HESC the last few weeks: Esme stepped into something sharp a few weeks ago and has since been treated for an infection. She is a lot better now but had a to go through a few procedures to make sure the infection did not spread. She had 3 treatments in the course of 2 weeks. Her foot is looking a little…
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What Have Our Rhinos Been Up To? You Ask…

It has been so heart-warming to witness the changes among our incredible crash of rhinos at HESC and to see them all going from strength to strength. Watching their unique personalities play out and the bonds between them developing is truly beautiful. One thing that unites them all is a continued improvement and growing comfort in themselves and their environments at HESC. They are a beloved part of our family…
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The News of Little Raekie – from Adine Roode

It is with such immense sadness that I have to share the news that little Raekie passed away during the early hours of yesterday morning. All of your beautiful prayers and thoughts that we received were not in vain; I do believe it strengthened her and my team during her final hours, as she continued to be surrounded by love and compassion. I am thankful for the endless devotion of…
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An Update on Little Raekie the Elephant

By Adine Roode Sunday 3 March 2019 The past few weeks have been challenging at the Jabulani orphanage. Our Jabulani carers and HESC curators have had to pull out all the necessary stops to pull Raekie through a difficult time. She has recently endured heavy spills of diarrhea and bacterial infections that we have been fighting with very specific antibiotics, as the bacterial infection is resistant to some antibiotics. Of…
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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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