We have partnered with Africam, a long-standing supporter and friend, to launch a new initiative called ‘Eyes on Rhinos’.

After the arrival of two poached and now-rehabilitated rhinos (Lion’s Den and Dingle Dell), and more recently the arrival of our two orphaned baby rhinos (Gertjie and Matimba), we have found ourselves facing the immediate need to establish a rhino sanctuary …Read more

Filed under: Anti-Poaching, Conservation, News, Rhinos

Community Work for the University of Pretoria’s Students

On the 29th March 2015 we welcomed Anrich Haar, Alicia Mulder, Eben Vorster, Alicia Maritz and Shani van Kraayenburg – students from the University of Pretoria. They visited The Centre in order to complete 30 to 40 hours of community work as a requirement for their subject ‘Community Based Project’ offered by the University.

Under the supervision of facilities manager, Willa Riekert, the students …Read more

Filed under: Community Involvement, Education

Easter Weekend at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

This past Easter weekend was one of the most amazing we’ve had at The Centre. We hosted various fun-filled activities, which were enjoyed by all children who visited us.

Starting with Good Friday, and ending on Family Day on Monday 6th April, our team kept children entertained with exciting activities before and after the usual scheduled tours. These activities included rock painting; coloring-in …Read more

Filed under: News, What's been going on

Soft release of two Caracals, Chilli and Pepper, at HESC

On the 22nd of January 2015 two caracals, Chilli and Pepper, were ‘soft released’ at The Centre. Chilli and Pepper came to HESC on the 5th of May 2013. They had been confiscated from an unknown third party and sent to Zanchieta Wild Cat Farm in Bloemfontein by Nature Conservation. Zanchieta Wild Cat Farm decided that the caracals should be brought to the HESC so they …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, Releases

Plight of the Rhino MTB Challenge

On 28th March 2015, seven cyclists took part in the Mt Sheba to HESC @ Kapama Mountain Bike Challenge. The Cyclists woke early at 2am to start the 200.04km ride from Mt Sheba to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC). Due to unpleasant weather conditions, the route was shortened by 34 kilometres.

Dennis Lawvie, John Ferguson, Keith Ferguson, Rassie Erasmus, Mark Carroll, Henny Kriek and Tony Kearslake participated …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, News, Rhinos

The tragic loss of Nipper the Meerkat

On 24th March 2015 at approximately 15:30, Nipper (one of our beloved meerkats) was bitten by a snake.

Facilities manager, Willa Riekert, noticed Nipper was not herself as she was swollen and lying still. Willa immediately informed head curator, Christo Schreiber. Christo saw that Nipper was in a lot of pain and gave her Baytill, an antibiotic. He also gave her Petcam to reduce …Read more

Filed under: From the Hospital, News

“Porki” the porcupine rescued!

While conducting a routine check, guide Renier Pretorius spotted a porcupine in one of the cheetah enclosures. He notified curator Christo Schreiber, and the rescue expedition set out.

A cage was needed to contain the porcupine so that it could be safely transported out of the enclosure. But getting a porcupine into a cage is no easy feat!

As Renier and Christo put the cage over the prickly rodent, it enlarged itself and rattled its tail. This made carrying the cage, …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, News, Releases

Riverview Preparatory School Visits the HESC

Learners from Riverview Preparatory School

On the 24th March 2015, Riverview Preparatory School visited The Centre for an educational tour. Our guide, Sydney Staples took the group of 35 learners and their two teachers on a foot tour of the facility.

HESC, Conservation, Wildlife, EducationThe tour begins

One of the funny moments was when …Read more

Filed under: Education, News

HESC Student Programme – Update: 23 March 2015

Swantjie helping with our Earth Day project

We recently welcomed our first student of the year! Swantjie Schlueter stayed with us for the entire 3-week duration of the course.

On arrival, Swantjie was taken on a tour of The Centre and was fortunate to end off her first day by assisting Dr Peter Rogers with an examination of Caesar the lion.

In the weeks that …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, Eco Initiatives, Education, Student Programme

African Ample Assistance Visits the HESC

On the 16th March 2015, we had the pleasure of hosting a Dutch group of travel agents from African Ample Assistance for an educational tour.

The group included Anne van Hout from Reisbureau, Mascha van der Hulst from KLM, Maria Alexandra Vermolen from Pelikaan Reizen Hillegom, Lucienne Weijs from VakantieXperts Horst ZRA, Angelique Schillings from The Travel Club Rosmalen, Maria Geertruida Janssen from Arke Nitmegen, …Read more

Filed under: Education, News