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First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa

by Wildlife Conservation Trust T/A Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa
First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa

Summary

Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) in conjunction with Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC), have provided care and rehabilitation to orphaned elephants through the years. During this time we have recognised the need to build a dedicated elephant orphanage on a separate piece of land. This project was created to help us start raising funds to not only care for the current elephant orphan in the care at HESC, but most importantly to enable WCT to build a new dedicated orphanage.

$6,498.97
total raised
58
donors
0
monthly donors
7
months

Challenge

Elephant numbers have declined rapidly over recent years, and hence are listed as vulnerable in IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, with approximately 400 000 African elephants left. Orphaned elephants are common in certain parts of Africa such as Kenya and Tanzania, due to elephant poaching. It is harsh reality that this will spread more commonly into South Africa, and we have to be prepared. With this, every single elephant life is precious, and we are there to protect each one we can.

Solution

It will be the first of its kind in South Africa and a building block from the limited facilities that we currently have at HESC. The decision has been made recently, following an increase in the request for assistance with orphaned elephant calves, and we have already started building the nursery close to the unique Jabulani elephant herd, who have accepted four elephant calves in previous years. Their highly experienced team at Jabulani have been instrumental in the care of the elephant calves

Long-Term Impact

It will be advantageous on an emotional level for baby elephants to be near a mature, close-knit elephant herd, this will also create a more comfortable space to monitor the stages of integration into the herd on an individual basis for each baby elephants needs. Our first and foremost prerogative with every orphaned elephant is to ensure their survival through their early formative years, and the Jabulani herd provide an ideal and unique family structure for the baby elephant

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​wildlifeconservationtrust.co.za /​ https:/​/​hesc.co.za
The arrival of Raekie, and when he met Mopane
Mopane's journey so far at HESC
Interesting information about why they eat dung
The first dedicated elephant nursery in SA
Project Leader:
Adine Roode
Pretoria, GAUTENG South Africa

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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