An update on Meg & her cheetah cubs, and their new enclosure

At the end of July 2014 we were privileged to share an amazing experience with our friends around the world. In collaboration with Africam, we broadcast the live video of Meg giving birth to 4 healthy cheetah cubs. She is a wonderful mother, and for the past three months people from around the world have …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, News, The Cheetahs

Another orphaned baby rhino arrives at The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Yesterday, Sunday 16 November, we got a very important call to inform us that Dr Rogers was on his way to collect a rhino calf, and that we should be prepared to take it in immediately.  In what felt like a matter of minutes, the boma where Gertjie (the baby rhino we took in on 8 May 2014) usually …Read more

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

An update on Salome’s cubs

On 14 April 2014 cheetah mom, Salome, gave birth to three cubs named Nicki, Adine and Fillipina. Fathered by Tristan, a king cheetah, Adine and Filipina are king cheetahs while Nicki is a normal cheetah.

These little ones are now old enough to go to ‘daycare’, which here at The HESC, we call The Crèche! Cubs are normally moved to The Crèche when they are …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, News, The Cheetahs, What's been going on

Farewell Ilana Mahoney

Ilana Mahoney

We bid farewell to one of our finest staff members, Ilana Mahoney.

Four years ago, this dark-haired lady from Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape), walked into The Centre with a lot of passion in her heart. She started off as a tour guide and was later promoted to Administration Manager.

We will forever be grateful for the impact that she has had at …Read more

Filed under: News, Spotlight On

Nicki the cheetah’s visit to the vet: 5 November 2014


On Tuesday 4 November, we noticed that Nicki was limping on her left front leg. While it was nothing serious, we decided to ask our local veterinarian, Dr Peter Rogers, to have a look at it. He decided that it would be best if we take her in to get x-rays the following day.

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Filed under: Conservation, From the Hospital, News, The Cheetahs

A special donation from a special group of young ladies

St Peter’s College in Sunninghill, Sandton, had a Derby Day on 19 September 2014. The grade 9 pupils were given a market day at the school as their EMS term project. They were required to operate a business. They had to pay rent, buy a trading license and pay tax on their profits. This tax would then go to one of the school’s outreach …Read more

Filed under: Conservation, News, Rhinos

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

Filed under: Guest blog

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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Filed under: Education, News

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

Filed under: Education, Student Programme