An update on Gertjie the orphaned rhino, through our eyes

Gertjie with Dr Rogers and his sidekick Lammie

Many of you may wonder what it takes to raise a baby rhino like Little G. This task certainly has its ups and downs, but is extremely rewarding for all of us.

Our passionate team has dedicated so much of its time and energy towards ensuring that Gertjie is healthy and happy. Most importantly, everyone in …Read more

Filed under: Anti-Poaching, Conservation, Rhinos

Guest blog: Our Visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre – July 2014

Anke and Sue from African Synergy

With all the news and the buzz about Gertjie, the orphaned rhino, as well as Dingle Dell and Lion’s Den, the brave poaching survivor rhinos, it was a perfect opportunity for African Synergy to visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) for our marketing meeting, and at the same time refresh our ‘palates’ with a taste of …Read more

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Harrismith Primary School’s 21st visit to The HESC

It was with great enthusiasm that we greeted some very special guests at HESC on 7 October – the learners of Harrismith Primary School.

The school children were here for an educational school tour. However, the tour was particularly special as this was the 21st time that Harrismith Primary visited The Centre.

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HESC Student Programme – Update: 16 September – 6 October

Front row: Marta Salinas, Nina Muitjens & Renier Pretorius. Back row, Laura Welsh, Erika Meiring, Jeanré Brooks, Miguel Salinas & Kourtney Gillis

We introduce Marta Salinas, Nina Muitjens, Laura Welsh, Erika Meiring, Miguel Salinas and Kourtney Gillis – our latest group of students. Here is what they had to say about their experience:

Working at …Read more

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The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre attends the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

The 4th of October marked the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, where people from around the world marched in unison to take a stand against the poaching of rhinos and elephants for their horns and ivory respectively.

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) jumped at the chance to attend the event, as the animal poaching issue is very close to our hearts. …Read more

Filed under: Anti-Poaching, Community Involvement, Rhinos

Update on Lion’s Den: 25 September 2014

For a long time we have been struggling to see some kind of progress in the healing of Lion’s Den’s wound. Unfortunately, because the poachers cut right into her sinus canals, nasal epithelium is pushing up and preventing the growth of healthy granulation tissue. This has caused a hole that we have been struggling to close. On 7 August, we inserted a dissolvable …Read more

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

A HUGE Thank You to Angie Goody and Thandi’s Fund Raiser

Angie Goody is the founder of Thandi’s Fund Raiser, an NGO focused on raising funds to help save and protect the rhino.

We are so touched by their amazingly generous donation of R10 000 towards Gertjie’s care.

This is what Angie had to say; “We raised the money by holding 6 days of craft events at our local Curraghs Wildlife Park. The kind of crafts we offered were for people to …Read more

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Spotlight on: Leitah Seerane

Leitah with a blue crane bird

Mrs. Leitah Seerane was born 61 years ago on the very farm that she still works on today; although back then it was called Mothlabetsi. Leitah’s parents, Jackson and Letillamang, also worked on the farm.

Leitah began working for Mr. Schürmann, Lente Roode’s father, in 1972 at the tender age of 19 years old. She worked as …Read more

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Cheetah to be released on Makutsi Game Reserve

On 18 September 2014, our team had another opportunity to release one of our wild female cheetahs onto a game reserve in the Limpopo area.

This female cheetah was brought to us in October last year after being rescued on a main road which holds a lot of traffic. Nature Conservation approached us and asked if we would be able to accommodate the female cheetah …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, News, Releases, The Cheetahs

World Rhino Day: 22 September 2014

Today is World Rhino Day. On this day, keeping close in our minds the three poached rhinos in our care, we take the opportunity to focus our attention on this most endangered and vulnerable of animal species in Africa.

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