First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa

by Wildlife Conservation Trust
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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
Ground has been broken and the building has began
Ground has been broken and the building has began

To our kind donors that have contributed towards our elephant orphanage project, we have decided to launch an exciting new campaign called "1000 Hearts for South Africa's first Elephant Orphanage" to help us hit the target of our first phase of the elephant orphanage.

That means we will close this Campaign and have started a new one, that you can find by clicking on this link:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/thousand-hearts-southafrica-first-elephant-orphanage/?utm_content=Your%20project%20has%20been%20approved%21&utm_campaign=project-approved&utm_source=email2.globalgiving.org&utm_medium=email

The money that we raised so far in the current project gave us the building blocks to secure land, and now we have a clear and defined goal that requires a fresh and exciting new Global Giving project, which we hope you will continue to be a part of.

We have reduced the current project goal to USD80 000, which is the equivalent of R1 000 000, which is what it will cost to complete the working structure for the new orphanage.

The Campaign is called "A 1000 Hearts for South Africa's First elephant orphanage". Here we have simplified it to ask for 1000 donations of R1000 (approximate equivalent to USD80) to reach our goal. In return, each HEART donation will have their name listed on our "1000 Hearts Forever Wall of Gratitude" at the orphanage. 

You can list your name, your family's name, your school name, your company name, or you can even donate a heart in someone's memory or as a gift for someone you love, that has a passion for wildlife conservation and elephants, just like you do.

We will continue to have lower donations options in the new project, which will continue to contribute to the daily costs of orphaned elephant Mopane and orphaned elephants that come into our care.

Please continue to follow our journey and help us complete this essential next step in ensuring we are ready to help any little elephant that has lost its herd to elephant poaching or any other contributing factors.

Thank you for all your support and love so far! 

From the Wildlife Conservation Trust team 

The new location of the orphanage
The new location of the orphanage
Costs of the project
Costs of the project
Our NEW campaign tracker - see our new campaign
Our NEW campaign tracker - see our new campaign

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Mopane the orphaned elephant
Mopane the orphaned elephant

The ‘Orphaned Elephant Nursery’ project was created to raise much needed funds for the orphaned elephants in our care. The project was launched six months ago, with a target set at USD207, 360.00 of which we have raised USD6, 107.00 so far, THANK YOU to everyone that has supported the campaign!

NEWS FROM THE ELEPHANT NURSERY

Mopane and Raekie the orphaned elephants

We are happy to report that Mopane is doing well. He is healthy and growing up quickly. Mopane still receives his daily bottles and is still cared for around the clock.

It is with immense sadness that we share the news that little Raekie passed away due to a bacterial infection. We battled with Raekie’s bacterial infection since her rescue and with the guidance of our wildlife vets, treated her with numerous antibiotics over a period of time. An autopsy was completed, and due to her bacterial infection, there was severe damage to her organs – specifically her digestive system, which unfortunately did not have time to recover.

The First Dedicated Elephant Nursery in South Africa

The WCT and HESC, provides sanctuary to orphaned elephants in South Africa, who are in need of a place to be hand reared during their crucial first years where they are dependent on their mothers and their herd to survive. We prepare them for the eventual introduction to a unique herd of elephants that are accepting to other elephants, not born to the herd.

At the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) and HESC, we take on the momentous task of seeing the orphaned elephant calves through these early and highly fragile years of their lives, until such time they are ready to be introduced to a herd of elephants, which is imperative to the emotional health of an elephant. Every elephant needs a herd. Once we feel that the young elephant is ready, we will introduce them to a herd of elephants at Jabulani, who are unique in their history of accepting elephants from outside herds.

Up until now, HESC has been providing a home for baby elephant orphans, since it is so well-equipped with amazing facilities for problem animals, quarantine and boma areas. Over the last three years, four elephant orphans have arrived on our doorstep. The decision, however, has recently been to move the orphans from HESC to Jabulani and to build a new nursery closer to the stables of the Jabulani herd. This is so we can keep the species together and offer the elephant orphans access to adult elephants.

We aim to provide respected rehabilitation, sanctuary and a safe haven to the orphaned elephants that are currently in our care, as well as any future orphaned elephant that is in need of care.

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.

Funding

The WCT is currently trying to raise ZAR1 million to build South Africa’s first fully operational elephant nursery. The nursery consists of three enclosures, a kitchenette, a storeroom, a bathroom and indoor and outdoor playgrounds for the orphans. We are also moving and improving our wormery, as well as adding our aquaponics system to this new appointed area.

Some of the funds raised from the GlobalGiving ‘Orphaned Elephant Nursery’ project has allowed the WCT to implement phase one of the foundation of the elephant nursery.

Thank you to everyone that has supported the project. We are exceptionally grateful. Please continue to support us where you can.

Yours in conservation,

The WCT and HESC team.

Elephant Nursery Foundation Phase 1
Elephant Nursery Foundation Phase 1
Elephant Nursery Foundation Phase 1
Elephant Nursery Foundation Phase 1
Elephant Nursery Tree Project
Elephant Nursery Tree Project
Elephant Nursery Project Plan
Elephant Nursery Project Plan

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This is our first official report for the Every Single Elephant Counts project, which was created to raise much needed funds for the orphaned elephants in our care. Our project was launched three months ago, with a target set at USD207, 360.00 of which we have raised USD2, 627.00 so far, THANK YOU to everyone that has supported the project! 

Mopane and Raekie the orphaned elephants

We are delighted to report that as of March 2019, Mopane officially weighs 280Kg, and is becoming a strong and healthy young elephant bull. He still has his bottle feedings of milk, but is spending most of his day out foraging in the perimeters of the HESC grounds.

It has been four months since Raekie the orphaned elephant was brought into our care. The past few weeks have been challenging at the orphanage. Raekie has not been well since her arrival and has been battling with a bacterial infection. Sadly, her health has dropped from hero to zero. Please pray for her and send your positive thoughts and love to help boost the morale of our dear carers and curators fighting to look after her at this time.

News from the Orphanage

Bana Grass Plantation

Every morning one of the team members will visit the Bana Grass plantation at Camp Jabulani to pick fresh Bana grass for the elephant orphans at HESC. The grass provides a good source of protein and vitamins and is also good for their digestive system.

Why do elephants eat fresh dung?

Mopane and Raekie, love a decent helping of fresh elephant dung each morning. Fortunately, the HESC is able to get fresh dung each morning from the herd at Camp Jabulani. 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 to including solid foods into their diets.

Funding

Funds raised from the Every Single Elephant Counts project allow the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) to continue to rehabilitate, protect and give sanctuary where needed to this endangered species.

The WCT is currently trying to raise funds to move the elephants to a new section of land, close to but outside the HESC perimeters, to ensure that we have ample space and facilities set up and ready for any future elephant calves that may be brought into our care.

Thank you to everyone that has supported the Every Single Elephant Counts project. We are exceptionally grateful. Please continue to support us where you can.

Yours in conservation,

The WCT and HESC team

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Wildlife Conservation Trust

Location: Pretoria - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Adine Roode
Pretoria, GAUTENG South Africa

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