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New baby elephant arrives at HESC

By 23rd Nov 2016 2 Comments

On Monday, 21st November 2016, a baby elephant estimated to be about 4 months old was brought to HESC.

The young elephant was found wandering on his own on the reserve next to the R40 tarred road. People had started to pull off in order to watch the little elephant and he was very distressed.

Erich Ferreira from Kapama called to notify HESC that Dr Rogers was coming out to dart the baby elephant at 6pm that evening. The elephant arrived at HESC just after 8pm and Dr Rogers gave him an intravenous drip as he was dehydrated.

On his first night he didn’t sleep at all. Lammie was fetched and introduced to the baby and this seemed to help calm the little one down a bit. The little elephant was trying to get use to the new environment and work through the sedation effects. Dr Rogers had sedated the elephant using BAM, which worked amazingly.

On day two, the little elephant was still not taking the bottle. Dr Rogers came in and administered 3 litres of saline drip (a solution of sodium chloride/ table salt in water) yesterday afternoon.

Because he wasn’t taking the bottle he was quite thirsty, but luckily he did go to the water trough to drink some water. He spent his time napping, when not following Lammie around.

Joshua and Israel (with cap)

To make him feel more comfortable, some dung over from the resident elephant herd at Camp Jabulani was brought for him. He played with it and picked it up, and one could tell this was something he’s familiar with. We also hung some branches upside down in his boma, which he and Lammie investigated and nibbled on – although Lammie did do most of the eating.

Early this morning, he luckily started taking the bottle and has been drinking strongly following a good night’s rest.

For every input, there’s an output – which HESC is eagerly anticipating as this will be a good indicator of his health. The baby was weighed this morning (Wednesday 23rd November), and he clocked 101kg.

Keeping the young elephant company on a 24/7 basis are Camp Jabulani elephant grooms, Joshua and Israel, and of course Lammie – all of whom he follows around. At the moment Joshua is doing night shifts and Israel day shifts.


  • Sandy Spohr says:

    What a wonderfully heart warming story. Elephants are such wonderful animals and the babies are very special. How lucky for this baby that he was brought to Camp Jabulani. My husband and I were there as guests some years ago and it was one of the best African experiences we’ve had . . . although just being in South Africa is a great experience! But Camp Jabulani is special because of the elephants and the staff. The accommodations and the food at the camp is the best we have ever had in Africa and we have been to some of the best camps: Jao, Chitabe, Chief’s Camp, Royal Malewane, Kings Pool, Phinda, Grande Roche Hotel, and more. Thanks for all you do for our beautiful elephants.

  • Camp Jabulani says:

    Thank you for your amazing feedback Sandy 🙂

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