Lion’s Den’s treatment – 17 January 2015

On 9th November 2014 we treated Lion’s Den’s wound. It had been a little over 2 months since we’d seen flies around her wound – until last Friday morning. With the current heat in Hoedspruit, we decided to ask Dr. Peter Rogers to take a closer look.

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Filed under: Anti-Poaching, Conservation, From the Hospital, Rhinos

The African Wild Dog By Franco Niemand

The African wild dog is an animal that likes to move throughout the bush, but when it is time to mate and give birth, the pack may return to the same area and even sometimes the same den every year.

The alpha female will usually select the burrow and start cleaning it to prepare for a comfortable birth. She will spend the first days in the nest chamber and remain on …Read more

Filed under: Education

Passions of a guide

From the left Heinrich, Lindie, Franco & Vincent

Being from the big city I’m used to a different environment, but I was ecstatic to discover a small corner of South Africa known as Kapama Private Game Reserve. I found a place where I could get involved in meaningful work and live an amazing lifestyle at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC).

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Filed under: Conservation, Rhinos

Update on Meg and her cubs – 13 January 2015

It is time for Meg’s cubs to move out on their own. The now 6-month-old babies have been growing at a fast and healthy rate, and they are now fully independent of their mother being able to feed on their own. The one male and three female cubs were moved to what we call our ‘crèche’ area on Monday 5 January. This is a small area …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, News, The Cheetahs

An update on and comparison between Gertjie & Matimba

Gertjie & Matimba

Gertjie and Matimba are flourishing in their new-found friendship. Gertjie has taken on the role of the older brother, and Matimba is constantly testing his increasing strength against that of Gertjie. Gertjie allows Matimba to get away with just about anything, but just before Matimba runs off victorious, Gertjie usually shows him that he is still the bigger and stronger …Read more

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Leopard tortoise lays 9 eggs

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) is home to a number of beautiful but endangered leopard tortoises. These large reptiles are suffering mainly due to habitat loss. They are often hunted for food in poorer communities, and are also at risk of being run over by cars when trying to cross the road.

On the evening of 13 December 2014 our staff members were …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, News

Update on Meg’s cubs

Meg’s cubs are really happy in their new enclosure. They enjoy the space, exploring their new habitat and chasing each other around. The youngsters have also started practicing their hunting skills on little birds and squirrels.

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The Yellow-billed Kite, by field guide Kobus Erasmus

When conducting tours at The HESC during the warmer times of the year, one regularly sees a small raptor acrobatically flying around. It is characterised by its brown body and wings, and its distinctive yellow feet and bill. This bird is the majestic Yellow-billed Kite.

These acrobats are seen using their shallowly forked tail as a rudder to hover and expertly manoeuvre themselves around. …Read more

Filed under: Birding, Conservation

International Cheetah Day – 04 December 2014


Today the world commemorates International Cheetah Day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the cheetahs’ fight against extinction. Cheetahs are included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list of vulnerable species; as well as classified on Appendix 1 of the Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) as vulnerable or endangered.

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Filed under: Conservation, The Cheetahs

An update report on Matimba, our orphaned baby rhino

Shortly after his arrival, the team worked to get him warm, and to prepare for the sedative to be countered

It has been a very busy and emotionally charged week. Since the arrival of our new orphaned rhino calf, Matimba, personnel and caretakers have found themselves …Read more

Filed under: Anti-Poaching, Conservation, Rhinos