Another orphaned rhino bull arrives at HESC after his mother is poached


A young male rhino, estimated to be about 7 months old, arrived via helicopter from an un-named reserve in Hoedspruit on Tuesday 10th November. His mother had died as a result of injuries inflicted by poachers. The young bull was in a critical condition and had sustained severe injuries to his hindquarters in what we believe was a hyena attack. The new baby was affectionately named “Stompie” …Read more

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

A huge thank you to our supporters – October 2015


Without donations, adoptions and visits to The Centre, we would not be able to carry on doing what we do. We would therefore like to take the time to acknowledge and thank each and every individual and business that has assisted (and continues to assist) us through their support and contributions.

We have a few special mentions this month:

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Filed under: Conservation, Donations & Sponsorship, News, Rhinos

Released eagle owl gives birth to two chicks


One of our core beliefs here at The HESC is that, whereever possible, animals are to be released to the wild where they belong.

It was five years ago that a female Eagle Owl (born to parents which had been injured and brought to The Centre) was released into the wild. The owl adapted well to her new environment, but chose to stay in the immediate area of …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, News

Brave HESC warriors take to their bikes for a good cause


A few of our staff members will be representing HESC in the upcoming 94.7 cycle challenge on the 15th of November 2015. The 94.7 cycle challenge is an annual race held in Johannesburg, and is the world’s second-largest timed cycle race after the Cape Argus Cycle Race. It is known to be a tough race with many different gradients, and is exactly 94.7 km long around Johannesburg.

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Filed under: Conservation, Donations & Sponsorship, News

Announcing the release of two cheetahs in November 2015


Plans are in place to release two male cheetahs, Wim and Tobie, at the Air Force Base Makhado (formerly known as Air Force Base Louis Trichardt) on 20 November 2015. This is not ‘just another release’, but is rather a success story of how captive-born cheetahs are able to survive in the wild.

Why did we choose Air Force Base Makhado?

With the Air Force …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, Eco Initiatives, News, The Cheetahs

Caesar is treated for Arthritis

IMG-20150917-WA0004Dr Rogers paid a visit to The Centre on the 17th of September to treat Caesar, our old male lion, for arthritis. Caesar is now well into his retirement years, and as such is afflicted with the debilitating condition, but he has been receiving treated on a regular basis to make sure the effects are minimal.IMG-20150917-WA0008

As is the …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, From the Hospital, News

Children expressing their love for rhinos

Hurleyvale-Primary-school-Rhino-Day-4Hurleyvale Primary school learners

The Rhino Art Initiative was a movement started to give young people a voice against poaching by using their art. The movement travels to different schools to involve children from all walks of life. Every child is given an A3 piece of paper to colour in a Rhino. There is also place for the children to write a comment or make a statement about …Read more

Filed under: Community Involvement, Education, Rhinos, School visits & tours

An update on Salome and her cubs

Salome's cub two

After six months with their mother, Salome’s cubs have finally been removed from her care and placed into the Crèche. As the youngsters are eating a diet of meat now, and are showing signs of independence, we decided it was time to give Salome the solitude she craved.

The cubs have adapted well to their new surroundings, and spend long hours chasing one another at …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, News, The Cheetahs


We are lucky enough to get to take care of a breeding pair of southern ground hornbills. These birds are endangered, and so in an effort to increase the species population, the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve partnered with the Mabula Ground Hornbill project and offered us these two magnificent birds as part of a ‘breeding loan’.


The two hornbills, Tarantula (male) and Lenawe (female), are now at the …Read more

Filed under: News, Wildlife Conservation Experience

Why do we keep wild dogs at HESC?


The African wild dog is the most endangered large carnivore in Africa, and so we take their preservation personally. We are currently home to a rather unusual pack of six male and one female wild dogs, with another two individual males which are not part of the pack. This very unusual male to female ratio will hopefully be equalised with the arrival of some new pack members arriving at …Read more

Filed under: Conservation