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This little baby elephant was found wandering on his own in the Kruger National Park, close to Phalaborwa. He was taken to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre on 8 December 2017, his estimated age was about 3-4 weeks old. While on the way to HESC he was named Mopane, referring to the tree that grows in arid regions of South Africa.


Upon his arrival, the HESC team and veterinarian, Dr Rogers, were ready to receive him. Fortunately, he had been drinking a little bit of water on the trip to HESC. Mopane was weighed and came in at 78 kg. Dr Rogers then attached drips for hydration and sustenance. Closer inspection of Mopane established that his belly button was infected which meant he had to be sedated for it to be cleaned. Dr Rogers also found that Mopane was not really putting pressure on his back-right foot. The assumption was made that he must have injured it. It was later found that “Mopane’s limbs appear to be mineralising slower when compared to the 4-week-old calf.” (read more here)


March 2018 was a difficult time for Mopane. Severe diarrhea and dehydration placed a serious threat on his life. The entire team at HESC fought alongside this little warrior who managed to reach a stable condition.


Once again the HESC team was able to help an animal in need due to the funding and donations received from animal lovers around the world. To join in the support, select an option to foster Mopane, or click here to make a donation.


Here are some links for more info on Mopane:

Latest addition – Mopane arrives!

Update on HESC baby elephant: Mopane

Happy feet: Mopane Update

Update: Mopane the elephant



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