‘Bush’ babies at Moholoholo

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For those of you who did not read the Kruger 2 Canyon newspaper last week, they had a very interesting article discussing the ‘Bush’ babies at Moholoholo. Please read this below.

This article is compliments of K2C.

‘Bush’ babies at Moholoholo by Kerstin Nyberg Peart

HOEDSPRUIT – All baby animals are cute, but there’s something very special about a baby giraffe. Guests at Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre are totally captivated by little Melman, a six weeks old female giraffe, who was rescued by Moholoholo when her mother rejected her at birth. To begin with, little Melman would not drink and had to be held down and force fed at two-hourly intervals, day and night. The exhausted staff got their reward when after five days she finally started drinking from a bottle. She was not the only baby needing intensive nursing at the time: two baby sables which had been rejected by their mothers on farms, were also brought to the Centre around the same time, as well as a baby steenbok and baby duiker. The sables were lucky to end up together as it means they will be imprinted that they are sables – as they share an enclosure with warthogs, a single sable calf may have ended up believing itself to be a little piggy!

There are also three young cheetahs in the Moholoholo nursery, which are being trained to replace the famous Jolly andJubaas conservation ambassadors. Jolly and Juba were the star attractions when the Manager of Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Brian Jones, gave his ‘Conservation talk with Cheetah, Bateleur and African Crowned Eagle’ at Mopani Rest Camp in the Kruger Park over the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately both cheetahs succumbed to a disease and the three youngsters – two males and one female – are now being groomed to take over their important roles in spreading the message about conservation.

The rehabilitation of rescued animals has had significant successes recently. A local farmer breeding rare antelopes called Moholoholo for help with problem hyaenas. Two spotted hyaenas were caught and collared, and released near Orpen Gate. One month later, the hyaenas could still be found in the same area, which proves that the belief – used as an excuse to kill rather than relocate – that these animals will always return to the same areas is wrong.

The six leopards relocated from Moholoholo to Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawiare also reported to be doing very well. The programme started with two leopards in October 2011 (reported in K2C on 14 Oct 2011), and four others, as well as three lions, have since joined them.